Logo HardlinkBackupHardlinkBackup is a simple, fast program for incremental backups using hardlinks, it allows to schedule backups, send e-mail notifications and it can delete automatically not-needed backup sets. HardlinkBackup reads source folders and compares the files with all previous backups. Only modified files are then copied, unmodified files are linked using hard-links to the files of the existing backups (precondition is, that the target drive supports hard links, e.g. it is NTFS formatted). So you find a complete copy of the source folders by their date on the backup drive. However, only the space of one copy plus the size of the changed files is required. If an old backup copy is no longer needed, it can be deleted without any problems, simply by deleting the corresponding backup directory.

Current Version: Version 2.2.18 (build 9206) from 29/05/2018
(32-bit version) or (64-bit version) Size: ca. 8,79 MB
Uses the Microsoft .Net Framework 4. The Setup loads the .Net Framework, if needed.
Readme/Changes: ReadMe.txt Please note the license agreement.
Manual: Download (PDF, german)
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Licenses: Community License Professional License Enterprise License
Price: free of charge 39 € 69 €
Application Area: Non-commercial Non-commercial Commercial
Languages: English, German, French, Spain
Fast, incremental backup of large directories Ja Ja Ja
Different backup modes (Hardlink, Linkscript, Move, Mirror) Ja Ja Ja
Usage of hardlinks (space saving storage) Ja Ja Ja
Restore with standard windows tools, e.g. Windows Explorer (No program necessary) Ja Ja Ja
Storage of local, USB & network drives and support of many network-attached storages (NAS) Ja Ja Ja
Support of long names of paths and files Ja Ja Ja
Intuitive user interface Ja Ja Ja
Management of multiple backups Ja Ja Ja
Retention of link structures (allows backup of backups) Ja Ja Ja
Verification and restore of backup sets Ja Ja Ja
Safe files in use Ja Ja
Scheduling of automatic backups Ja Ja
E-mail notifications Ja Ja
Automatic, rule-based deletion of old backup sets Ja Ja
Batchmode (Execution of multiple backups consecutively) Ja Ja
Detection of moved and renamed files Ja Ja
Differential backup of large files Ja Ja
Support of notebook backups (Monitoring of target availability and network connections) Ja Ja
Execution of scripts before and after the backup Ja Ja
Usage of two backup targets at once Ja
Purchase via Partner: HardlinkBackup, Download bei heise
Alternatively HardlinkBackup may be purchased directly by the author (Attention: longer processing time!). Simply send an e-mail to software@lupinho.net.


  1. avatar
    June 4th, 2018 at 17:50 | #1

    Hallo Lupinho,

    mein Problem wurde mit der Version 9206 gelöst. Jetzt funktioniert alles bestens. Vielen Dank für die schnelle Problemlösung.
    Bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Programm. Es erfüllt genau das, wonach ich gesucht hatte, und vor allem sehr zuverlässig.
    Lieben Gruß

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