Clickfree Wireless Backup (500GB)
Clickfree Wireless Backup review: A 500GB external hard drive with Wi-Fi that you can set and forget
- Easy to use, no messy setup, can backup iTunes libraries from Apple gadgets, perfect backup solution for notebooks
- 500GB may not be enough space for power users (so go for the 1TB version instead)
The Clickfree Wireless Backup is a set-and-forget backup solution for laptops. We didn't have any problems setting it up -- it worked just as promised. You can schedule backups to your liking and also select which files the software should be backing up. For home users who want to back up their notebook (or desktop computer) wirelessly, the Clickfree Wireless Backup is perfect. It's even great for users who aren't tech-savvy.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
The Clickfree Wireless Backup is an external 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive with built-in 802.11n networking that makes ongoing data backup — particularly for laptops — a cinch. It's small and elegantly designed, and it can be used to easily back up multiple computers (including Macs). The best part is that it doesn't have to be permanently connected to your computers in order to keep them backed up.
The Clickfree Wireless Backup is best suited to backing up notebook computers, as it has been designed to work wirelessly and unobtrusively. You could use it to back up a desktop PC, too, but a directly connected external hard drive is usually a better option as you'll rarely need to unplug it. The only time the Clickfree Wireless Backup needs to be plugged in to a laptop is the first time you use it; after that, it can just sit somewhere out of the way, continuously backing up your data as per the schedule you have set, and it will always be readily available for you to restore data as well.
The backup progress screen.
To get started with Clickfree Wireless Backup, all you have to do is plug the drive into a USB 2.0 port on the computer that you wish to back up. This is required so that an initial backup can be made (which will be much quicker over USB than Wi-Fi), and also so that the details of your wireless network can be gathered and used for ongoing wireless backups. Once plugged in, the Clickfree software will launch automatically and the backup will start after 35sec without any user interaction. By default it will backup office documents, videos, music, photos and even Web browser favourites.
During the initial backup, you'll need to make sure your notebook or desktop PC is also connected to your wireless network, so that the Clickfree software can collect the wireless network name and password information — it does this automatically, but you can also go in later and change network settings manually. Once the backup is complete, all you have to do is unplug the drive from the computer's USB port, find a place for it somewhere in your home that has good wireless network coverage and plug its power adapter into the wall. It will emit an amber glow for a couple of minutes until it connects to your wireless network, at which point the light will turn blue — this is how you know the drive is ready to use.
If you want to back up multiple computers, then you will have to connect the Clickfree Wireless Backup drive to each one for the initial backup. You'll have to keep in mind the capacity of the drive though, as backing up more than a couple of laptops can quickly fill it up. We tested a 500GB version, but a 1TB version will also available in December for around $299.
Success! Everything worked smoothly during our tests.
Backups over Wi-Fi can take a long time if you've created a lot of new data over the course of a day's work, so it's best to schedule the backups for a time you know the wireless network won't be heavily used. Backups will only occur if your computers are switched on at the time of the scheduled backup. By default, the Wireless Clickfree will back up at 3am every day, but if you don't leave your computers switched on overnight, then this backup will occur first thing in the morning when you log in. We recommend changing the scheduled time to the end of the day or to an evening time instead — you can do this by clicking on the Clickfree shortcut that is placed on your desktop during the initial backup. While the Clickfree software backs up your computer, you can still continue to use the computer for other tasks.
You can even use the Clickfree Wireless Backup to import music from an Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Overall the Clickfree Wireless software is basic and does its job well. Even its manual settings aren't hard to use. The major benefit of the entire backup solution is that it's mostly automatic and very easy to use. Inexperienced computer users who have no idea how to back up their data should definitely consider the drive because of its automation, easy-to-follow instructions, and set-and-forget hardware — no wires or continual plugging in! Additionally, the Clickfree software can even be used to back up music from an iPod or iPhone. If you want a direct-attached backup solution, then check out Clickfree's C2N Automatic Home Backup USB 2.0 external hard drive, or if you want to turn an existing external USB 2.0 hard drive into a simple backup solution, you could pick up the Clickfree Transformer SE backup cable.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World's newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen)
WD My Passport™ SSD
Apple Watch Series 6
LiTMUS LAB Dakota Side Table
Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar
Toys for Boys
Sony Playstation 5
Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
Theragun PRO Percussive Therapy Device
Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System
ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14
WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™ SSD
Garmin vívofit® jr. 2
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch
MSI Modern 14
Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor
Fender Fullerton Ukele
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush
Fujiflim Instax Square SQ1
Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player
SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String
MSI GE66 Dragonshield Limited Edition
Dickie Toy Remote Control Mega Crane Set
Kindle Paperwhite eReader (10th Gen)
35 per cent of professionals feel frustration due to bad audio. And yet, while organisations have rushed to enable remote work policies over half (51 per cent) of organisations still only allow certain teams to order headsets or headphones.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo Watch review: A masterclass in imitation
- 2 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 3 Google Pixel 4a review: The Goldilocks Google phone
- 4 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: Wrong Number
- 5 LG NANO99 NanoCell 8K TV review: Prestige at a price
Latest News Articles
- Seagate show off new modular Lyve Drive storage solution
- Is there a better time to buy a giant MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch than Black Friday?
- Seagate's new portable SSDs are as colorful as they are compact
- Seagate says cloud gaming isn't a threat
- Western Digital announces Australian release of travel-ready SSD
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- iPhone 12 Pro review: The iPhone that’s future proof
- Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- Oppo Watch review: A masterclass in imitation
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?