OWC Argest Backup

Easy Drag-and-Drop Backup/Archival and Restore Solution for Windows, Linux, and macOS Personal Desktop, Business Workstations, and Creative Pros in Film, TV, and Recording Industries

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The Best Backup and Archiving Solution Available

Whether you’re running a small business or are an M&E pro, whether you want to backup a single desktop machine to a single external drive or have a massive tape library with multiple tape drives1, ArGest® Backup is the best backup and archiving solution available. A drag and drop interface delivers unmatched ease of use while true cross platform restorability in all archive formats keeps your data protected and future-accessible. With unmatched speeds, proper and real verification, system and hardware error detection and recovery, and true cross platform restore, there is simply no other backup solution that can protect your assets as completely and as reliably as ArGest Backup.

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Assured Backup and Archival Reliability

ArGest Backup provides accountability of every bit of data to be backed-up to assure your future access. 32-bit checksum technology is applied to both the metadata and file data coming off the filesystem and the checksum is placed into the header of each 2K of data processed. This critical dual function process enables the verification operation to validate the ultra-reliable accuracy of your backup.


Easy and Familiar

Backup and archive folders, files, or session files with drag and drop simplicity in major applications


Real-world LTO tape speeds up to 322MB/sec using LTO-7 and LTO-8 tape devices for the fastest backup and recovery available


Verify BRU™ archives at any time on macOS, Windows, Linux, or other supported Unix platform


Can be used to backup to portable USB or Thunderbolt drives, removable disk storage such as RDX and Lyve Mobile™, local cloud storage, and tape media

Reliable Recovery

Restore maximum possible data, even with a missing or damaged tape in a multiple tape archive

Fully Auditable

Check media status any time, even on a different system or OS with ANYTIME Verify™


Create two identical tapes in a single backup or archive operation with Doubler Archival Mode™


Automatically creates organized tape catalogs for fast searching and restore access time


After archive is complete, create a self-contained CD/DVD/USB or network key with all components required files to restore on a non-BRU system


Built-in functions for checking and reporting LTO equipment operational status during all backup and restore operations


30-day free trial of full featured, fully functional demo

Three Versions for Diverse Needs

Desktop Edition™

Designed for personal or small one to two person shops with a single tape drive and disk-based backup. Backups can be performed in more manageable segments where full and incremental data coverage fits on one or two tapes or can be safely stored on a removable disk or device such as the HPE RDX removable disk solution.

Workstation Edition™

Designed for the advanced user with two tape drives or a single autoloader/library seeking the efficiency of writing one group of data to two drives with Doubler Mode™. Makes managing large volumes of data more hands-free with automatic changing and spanning of multiple tapes.

Producer's Edition™

Designed to support the workflow and archival requirements of the Media and Entertainment industry with automated asset gathering in Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premier Pro CS6/CC, and other applications. Provides drag and drop backup and restore using CMX3600 EDL files and exported XML project files. Studio and production detail metadata is tracked on a per job basis and provides an easily scannable QR code for media management.

What Makes BRU Better Than All Other Formats?


BRU is the fastest software available. Streaming SAS LTO-7 and LTO-8 at 322MB/sec (see more details about achieving this LTO-7/LTO-8 speed) and LTO-6 at over 160MB/sec with ArGest® hardware, BRU™ software. Even better performance and lower latency is seen with BRU and Fibre Channel LTO-7 and LTO-8 tape.

Verifiability & Error Recovery for Restore

BRU™ archives are properly and fully verifiable on any OS BRU supports at any time, and is the only backup tool that can recover from errors–if a bad bit is detected on your media, BRU™ advances in device block increments until it can read and restore the data once again without aborting your restore. And if your archive spans multiple tapes, and you lose a tape to damage or theft, BRU™ will restore all the rest of the data from all the tapes you have, something no other product will do.


BRU™ supports almost all tape devices, VTL, cloud, and and disk storage out of the box. Full support for SAN configurations and live database backup on Linux, macOS, Unix, and Windows with the Windows Open File Manager. BRU™ also provides multiple workflow options for backup/archiving/restore of the same or different data simultaneously. ArGest® BRU Server™ supports any number of tape drives attached, and up to 99 tape slots in a single library out of the box, for 100+ tape slots enabled on a library, add the 100+ tape slot add on to unlock 100-an unlimited number of tape slots supported.

True Cross Platform Recoverability

All BRU™ archives are verifiable and restorable on any OS BRU supports (there are currently 24 of those), and with any version of BRU regardless of the OS they were created on. BRU™ is fully backwards compatible, and BRU™ will never leave you with archives tied to a data set, specific OS, version, or type of hardware.


With BRU™, you have a source for help and a company that has been committed to data backup and restore since 1985. All BRU™ products are fully compliant with best business security practices including those mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley.

Attention to Detail

All special characters, ACLs, special attributes, permissions, and foreign language characters (including left to right languages) are correctly handled by BRU™. Integration with major DAM/MAM solutions for our Media and Entertainment Customers.

Highly Efficient Peace of Mind Protection

Unlike other backup tools, ArGest Backup doesn’t need to access the disk or storage platforms to fully verify the backup. All information needed to proof a backup resides on the archive media. This allows the verification process to be performed separately from the primary system and returns that system to user availability immediately following the backup. This process efficiency reduces the time required for a fully verified backup by at least 50% compared to other tools. ArGest Backup archives can even be verified on a different hardware platform and operating systems whenever you want (or when required by regulations), giving you precious peace of mind that your data is safely protected AND retrievable.

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Unrivaled Speed and Restore Capabilities

ArGest® Backup powered by BRU™ technology is the fastest backup and archiving software available. You can backup and archive folders, files, or session files in major applications to LTO-7 and 8 tapes at real-world speeds up to 322MB/s. Your archives are then fully verifiable and restorable with the maximum amount of data on nearly any OS….something no other backup utility can provide. ArGest Backup is also the only backup and archiving tool that can recover from errors and will restore as much data as possible even in the event of a lost or damaged tape.

Supports All Filesystems and Storage Types

Regardless of the filesystem or storage connection type, if your operating system can read and write the files in your storage environment, ArGest Backup will properly backup and restore the data stored on those storage systems. It supports all special attributes, naming conventions, metadata, and application specific typing for both backup and restore.

ArGest Backup also acts as a data integrity early warning tool.  When the storage subsystem experiences file corruptions, errors, or even hardware issues, ArGest Backup reports these issues so you can take corrective action.

Expands OWC Storage and Archival Ecosystem

Expands OWC Storage and Archival Ecosystem

Digitized organizational content is projected to grow 50-70% annually while licensing, regulatory, and compliance requirements are becoming more stringent. With ArGest Software Solutions powered by BRU Technology and tape storage solutions like the Mercury Pro LTO, you can count on OWC to provide you ultra-reliable, high-performance backup and archival solutions.

  1. ArGest Backup Workstation and Producers Edition licenses support 2 tape drives and up to 50 library slots.