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Giveaway of the day — AOMEI Backupper Pro 2.0

AOMEI Backupper Pro provides basic and advanced features to ensure the safety of your system and data.
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User rating: 614 (69%) 279 (31%) 61 comments

AOMEI Backupper Pro 2.0 was available as a giveaway on May 16, 2014!

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AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition is a complete, easy-to-use and reliable backup software for Windows PCs and Laptops. You can effortlessly choose what to backup, how to backup, where to backup. It ensures your system and data are protected as well as can be restored rapidly in the event of disaster.

Key features:

  • System, hard disk, partition, files and folders backup and restore.
  • Support full, incremental, differential, and automatic backups.
  • Disk and partition clone for upgrading HDD or transferring data.
  • Backup disk space management helps delete old backups automatically.
  • Backup using command line prompt or batch scripts.
  • Merge full backup and its associated incremental backups into a single image.
  • Create WinPE or Linux boot recovery environment in case of system fails.
  • Compress, comment, split, encrypt, explore, and check backup images.
  • Support dynamic disk, MBR disk, GPT disk, and EFI/UEFI boot mode.
  • More...

Technical Support: AOMEI Technology provides free technical support via email during and after the giveaway period. Please email to support@aomeitech.com if you have any problem when downloading, registering and using the software. We will reply you as soon as possible.

Note:

  • The giveaway version of the software does not include lifetime free upgrades.
  • One copy of the software is available to be installed on up to 2 computers.

Special Offer: We provide GOTD users with the opportunity to get free lifetime upgrades service for the giveaway version. Click here to grab time-limited 72% OFF

System Requirements:

Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (x32/x64); CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 500MHz or faster processor; RAM: 256MB or greater; CD-RW/DVD-RW drive for bootable media creation

Publisher:

Aomei Technology

Homepage:

http://www.backup-utility.com/professional.html

File Size:

67.2 MB

Price:

$49

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#61

Thrilled to inform you of fantastic experience with Backup-utility.
Downloaded and installed and then cloned my C drive.
Swapped the drive and re booted with no problems.
I have been fighting another vendor (name on request) for over a week without success.
I was so happy with the results I just purchased the life time upgrade.
Only "question":
Is there a log which would show time stamps of starting, activities, and ending?
I see the information in your window but no time stamps .

Boblevy@storageman.com

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Levy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

I replaced the bloated Acronis with Aomei Standard version a few months back and have been more than happy with it. I can see no compelling reason to upgrade from the Standard version to this Pro version. In fact it would really be a downgrade as the Pro version only allows installation to two computers whereas I have the Standard version on 4 computers. All the same, thanks to Aomei and GAOTD for making this available.
Comment by banditrider — May 16th, 2014 at 4:36 am


@banditrider:
You can install this GOTD on multiple computers, there is no any server checks about it, and besides the serial is the same for everyone, and it has probably been already installed on hundreds of computers. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Sinappi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Disregard my last comment. Found out the Outpost Security Suite was acting up. Was able to finally activate and install. Thanks for another great program!!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#58

Fantastic- Backs up to Blu-Ray discs perfectly.. I've been searching for a Blu-ray capable backup for some time now and have purchased paid versions of Paragon, EaseUS, AiseeSoft and Acronis products, and none of these products work as expected with Blu-Ray burners.. One of them cannot talk to the burner, and I even tried two different brands- turns out this was a well known bug that has never been fixed.. Another can do direct backup to Blu-Ray, but doesn't know when the disk is full, so any backup bigger than 25G is basically impossible to Blu-Ray.. Another doesn't quite tell the truth- they claim Blu-Ray compatibility, but in the fine print they tell you to back up to a network location or 2nd hard disk, then copy the backup files to Blu-Ray: it's the restore program that is capable of reading directly from the Blu-Ray disks, but you can't do a direct backup to Blu-Ray..

AOMEI backed up a 62G disk onto 2 Blu-Ray disks, and asked to swap disks, etc, exactly as I would have expected..

Great! I'm deleteing the other backup programs as I type now..

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#57

#55 Duane
So I have Macrium Reflect Pro, Paragon Drive Copy, and now the program with the funny name. I also have an Intel version of Acronis True Image, for preparing a boot drive.

We already know that we should not mix several anti-virus/anti-malware software into 1 computer, as they conflict.

It may not be recommended to mix so many different backup software into 1 computer hard disc. Not sure if they would interfere with each other, thus affecting your ability to do a good recovery in cases of system crash.

Just pick one solid backup software that you can rely on.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#56

I've used the free version of this for a while and created the Linux boot CD with it. The boot disc only offered the option to restore an image. Is that an intentional limitation of the free version? Does the Pro version allow you to create an image from the boot disc?

The biggest problem I encountered was this: I found this Aomeitech Backupper boot CD would go to a blank screen on 3 out of 4 of my most recent PCs. Therefore it's completely useless to restore an image on those unless I already have a bootable Windows OS to install Aomeitech Backupper. Does anyone know why this happens or how to solve it? Is an Nvidia graphics card (not built-in video) required?

This botting problem forced me to stop using Aomeitech and move to Clonezilla (which I've become quite good at using) because it boots to completion on all but 1 of my PCs. For some reason that PC cannot boot any sort of Linux CD without going to a blank screen.

I was a bit concerned of this software's place of origin, but it seems that it has been around long enough and people have used it long enough that they are confident it does not send out personal data from your HD to the Internet? I assume GAOTD's testing of it is more than just running a virus scanner. It's nothing specific to this software. I just have a fear when installing foreign software (of which there is a lot) that it may have backdoors.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

If Giovanni recommends this, I'm in. I bought the deeply discounted Pro version with lifetime free updates.

When I tried to make a rescue CD, it said I needed a writable CD. After no luck with that, I created an .iso image and burned it to CD.

I'm creating an image right now and it seems fairly fast.

I'm a belt-and-suspenders type of guy. I have so many helper programs and tweaks that I can't stand the idea of rebuilding a computer. So I have Macrium Reflect Pro, Paragon Drive Copy, and now the program with the funny name. I also have an Intel version of Acronis True Image, for preparing a boot drive.

I'm hoping that this program will give me another level of protection.

Reply   |   Comment by Duane  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#54

I've been using Ocster vs 7 and now 8 (paid) for a while, and it has saved my backside twice - full restore from a mirror (ISO) backup. Once when my HD died, and just a few days ago when my computer crashed in the middle of a windows update (win 7 - 64). My computer booted up, but suddenly a lot of things didn't work quite right. Much easier (IMO) to do a system re-install from ISO Ocster backup than try to fix broken or incomplete files.

I'm very pleased with Ocster, but as most are very positive about this product, I'm going to install it as an alternative backup. When it comes to backups I don't think you can be too careful or have too many - assuming your backup program works properly.

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Powder_Skier  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#53

Thank you very much! Like a lot of other people I been using the free version for ages and now I have the pro version, so even better. Thanks for making this possible. This has made my day!

Reply   |   Comment by Monkey  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#52

Like Dan (comment 33), I cannot install on Win7. I keep getting the message "Error - the setup files are corrupted - please obtain a new copy of the program". The funny thing is, that same zip file on another PC loaded just fine onto WinXP. I checked the MD5's of the files and they are identical. Several weeks ago the same thing happened with another GOTD download, installed OK on XP but not on Win7. I scanned my Win7 system with Kaspersky and Malwarebytes thinking some malware was preventing the install of any new software, but they found nothing significant.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#51

Great program, does what it's supposed to do. I cannot understand why the backup files take that much space. 170GB disk -> 170GB backup file (with "normal compression"). Next try with strong compression: 162GB. Comparison Acronis: 112GB ... there's some homework to be done.

Reply   |   Comment by Volker  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#50

Re: Bootable CDs:

1. No success in creating a WinPE bootable CD (it stops after Step 2 here ( http://www.backup-utility.com/features/create-bootable-disc.html ), instead of going to Step 3. By "stops," I mean it goes back to the main screen when I click "Next". Tried about five times.

2. Booting into the Linux CD, a GUI appears, which wouldn't respond to my wireless HP mouse. The AOMEI rescue GUI needs cursor movement to do anything. Unfortunately, I currently have no access to a wired mouse to try that.

This, combined with a couple of previous anecdotal reports on this site of people unable to restore images created by AOMEI Backupper, makes me think I'll be uninstalling.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe T.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#49

Does this support file to file, that is, not using an image? I find the use of a back up image inconvenient.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#48

I have two full backups (for redundant safety) of my system made with the free version of AOMEI Backupper for Win7, v.1.6.0.0. I also have data backups made with the same software.

Question... If my existing installation is force-uninstalled upon putting the GOTD version on, will my previous backups be recognized and usable by the new software or will I expect to have to make all new backups?

BTW, several weeks ago I did an emergency full system restore from an AOMEI backup and it worked, with some minor bugs (a few broken shortcuts and other inconsequential issues). But for a free version, I could not complain at all.

- Win7 Ultimate 64-bit - - Zt Systems Desktop -

Reply   |   Comment by Floyd  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#47

Does this support file to file, that is, not using an image? I fine the use of a back up image inconvenient.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#46

Acronia 2014 failed me on a critical restore. I've dumped Acronis and am VERY happy with Backupper!

Reply   |   Comment by LukeB  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#45

Silence!!!!!

De-installed - life's too short.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Jackson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#44

Does anyone know of a backup solution for MAC laptops that dual boot OSX and Windows 7 through the Apple BOOTCAMP software?

I don't think this will do it, and all the other solutions I've found will back up either the OSX side or the Windows side, with only the OSX side guaranteed to run after a restore.

I'd like a backup/restore solution that will back up and then restore the entire disk, running under either Windows or OSX, with bootable CD or thumbdrive media available.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#43

Installed on Win 7 HP 64 bit laptop. It said it was activated ans the home screen shows day 0 of 30 so I tried to register it using the given code and it says "Invalid licence","It does not match with the current version"
So is it time limited?
Why is the supplied code deemed invalid?

Unless I have a truly unlimited free give away it's just a useless trial version that is wasting my time.

Can someone please clarify?

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Jackson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#42

Only thing bothers me about the backup on this software is that it's only readable by this software. The backup software I use at the moment uses an industry standard .zip file to compress so that means even if they go bust or disappear off the face of the earth I can still access my backups years from now.
Anybody have any comments on that or advice. It looks like great software but that does concern me

Reply   |   Comment by Eric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#41

AOMEI Backupper Pro 2.0 is an easy to use product with limited configuration options. The feature 'Combine multiple incremental backup into full backup for better management' in this version sounds interesting (I've not tested it) and probably makes it worth going with Pro vs Free.

I did a System & Disk backup of my C drive (SSD, SATA 3Gb/s) which contains 273GB of data. Both backups took 20 mins using Normal Compression and produced a 187GB .adi file.

I use Acronis True Image 2014 for my image backups which contains some essential features that help me out a lot. The main one is being able to exclude folders and files. I can exclude 175GB of files that is software and virtual machines that I already have backed up on another hard drive and a 12GB hiberfil.sys file. The resulting Acronis image is 54GB and the backup time is 16 mins including backup validation. This smaller file is easier to manage and upload to the cloud if required.

Other benefits of Acronis not found in AOMEI are Operation priority and Notification options. AOMEI is certainly a good product, somewhat similar to EaseUS Todo Backup, but lacking some of the Acronis features that are useful to me.

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#40

One small complaint: to unmount image after mounting to explore, must do so from within main program via two steps. Macrium and O&O allow unmount via right click context menu from explorer drive list.

Reply   |   Comment by dan foster  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#39

I have a question for Aomei.
I used the free version before and all worked well, until I chose to "defrag" the backup image made by Aomei Backupper. After that, the image was no longer recognized by the software. Is this problem resolved in the Aomei Backupper 2 Pro?

I hope to get an "Yes!" answer but the truth is the most important.

PS: Than you GOTD and Aomei. Aomei, you have a good product and I hope you will make it better in time, better even than the strongest competition, since the competition, does not give for free or giveaways a good product like you did for the past years.

Reply   |   Comment by idlucky  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#38

A couple of months ago I have stopped using Acronis True Image for AOMEI Backupper which really fits better my own needs.

The actual offer of a lifetime upgrade service at 72% off the regular price is a very good one.

Even if there is actually no great differences between the free and the pro versions, there could be eventually more differences in the future.

There is also the possibilty that the lifetime upgrade service may disappear in the future, like it happened for Sandboxie and Malwarebytes Antimalware.

Buy it before it's too late...

Reply   |   Comment by Sputnik  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#37

Same problem as drneuro. Program installed without any errors. When I start the program, the splash screen comes up then Backupper Pro minimizes to the taskbar. That is as far as it gets.

Reply   |   Comment by jf2go  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Downloaded on to my Windows 7 desktop with a fast processor and the program takes ages and ages to load. However, also downloaded onto my ancient 8 year old laptop with slow processor and it loads immediately!

I am puzzled!! Anyone with ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#35

#5: "A well known Chinese company with address."

I very respectfully, *somewhat disagree*, Karl. They are known to us by now, but I wouldn't want to imply that they're an older, well established company like Acronis or EaseUS or Paragon.

On 1/29/14 I reported in their forum details of how their Windows To Go didn't work. On 5/1/14 another user reported the same problem, asking for help. On 5/3/14 another user responded with ways to make it work -- I don't know whether they are correct or not, as I haven't gotten around to trying anything further. Now I am not complaining that Aomei didn't respond to either my report or the one following it, but I am saying that they did not respond as of this moment. That fact, which is in black & white on their site, does not appear to jive with comment #3: "Support is responsive..."

I'm not trying to knock Aomei, but they seem a younger company & I don't wish anyone to maybe be mislead about any level of support. That said, their software is a bit simpler than alternatives from the 3 companies I mentioned, so chances are you won't need support.

#12: "I doubt whether Win PE boot media are included in this giveaway. With other giveaways for license reasons they never were. Or is some boot media builder included?"

Aomei does include the capability to create WinPE start discs in their software. I Am Not going to say they do anything that is not aboveboard -- I'm not a lawyer well versed in that stuff -- but I will note the address in China where licensing issues are shall I say, often thought less important. ;) If I remember correctly Aomei apps require a download of the AIK [or portions of it] from Microsoft -- the AIK contains a generic image of Windows, which is used as the framework to run the Aomei software on the CD/DVD/USB stick, wherever you choose to put it. While it is very possible to create customized images [wim files], including a wim based on your install, that is not what's done or used since there would be no reason for it [sorry Chris, comment # 15]. While there is a way to run win8.1 directly from an unexpanded image since the last big update, in most all other cases once that image is expanded & Windows installed, that image goes away like most all of the other Windows setup files, since keeping it handy on the HDD makes no sense. [It would actually be nice sometimes if it was left hanging around, since the AIK install is ~1.5 GB while the included winpe.wim (the reason many, maybe most people download the AIK) is <200MB.]

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#11: "I replaced the bloated Acronis with Aomei Standard version a few months back and have been more than happy with it."

No you didn't. :) You may have run the uninstall routine for Acronis, but chances are like a hearty weed the roots are all still there. I bought a copy of Acronis since 1) it only cost $10, 2) at the time Paragon was not yet fully win8/8.1 compatible in my testing. Even though I don't use it anymore, I felt there's little reason to uninstall it, since the roots would still be there [so little benefit] but the app would no longer work.

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#18: "If you have a choice between a Giveaway-one-day-expiry version and a freeware (less powerful)version of same software; always choose the freeware version for such important duties as total system + data backup + recovery from a system crash."

I always find this recommendation posted with backup software, but IMHO it doesn't make loads of sense... sorry...
If you have a crash or something where your system disc with all your software is compromised, the only way a backup will help you is if you have the software to restore it either stored with the backup or on a rescue disc/USB stick. Assuming you have that [or else the backup is worthless], once you restore that backup all your software is intact, including the backup app.

That said, it's usually been possible in the past to hang onto the setup files for Paragon, EaseUS, & Aomei backup apps that have been on GOTD, with Paragon by saying the .msi file, with the other two by using the trial version. And failing that, if you haven't saved a rescue disc or setup file, if your backup software quits working you can always download a free version from those same 3 companies until the next giveaway.

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#24: "I performed a trial backup of my system drive at high compression and it took less than half the time my trusty Paragon Backup would normally. Also, the Image Check took was very speedy relative to Paragon Backup."

I can't speak to the difference in time to verify backup integrity -- however the time to backup with Paragon is longer *if* you have it perform disk integrity checks before backup... the settings are located in the software's preferences.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#34

First time installer.
Downloaded, installed and ran.
No problem.
Took registration key well.

I will always look out for Giovanni's comments first.
If he says yes, then it is a yes by me too.

@drneuro
Think it may be a good idea to look for all leftover files from your uninstallation.
If that don't cut, get a recovery program to find those files deleted.
Failing that too, try downloading the freeware version.

I am a 7-64 user too.
Above are suggestions.

Reply   |   Comment by Vincent  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#33

Can't open file 'corrupt'. Tried a few times. even disabled all security.

Tried d/l from creator site. When put in key - "Wrong Version"

What am I missing? Win 7 pc

Reply   |   Comment by Dan Gettinger  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

I am having a hell of a time getting this program to load. After downloading, it asked me to delete a previous version, which I did. After performing the required restart and installing the software again, I tried to open the program. I down a blue "start" screen, but after a long time, thee program never opened. I deleted the program and repeated the above process. I still am unable to get the program to run. I am running 7-64. I have never had this type of problem running a GAOTD program before. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by drneuro  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#31

Hello!

Thanks for the GOTD giveaway. I really wanted this software but is having issues starting.

What I did.

First installed it as usual (no administrator). When started is says program stopped working. Closed it.

Uninstalled it.

Installed it again with run as administrator.

Did not run again but gave me a window to look for the log file. Here is what is says.


AOMEI Backupper 1.6 log is as follows:

====================== System Information ======================
Module Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition 2.0\Backupper.exe
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.2)
Service Package: Service Pack 1
OS Version: 6.1
Total Memory: 9207 MB
Available Memory: 6840 MB
System Root: C:\Windows
Processor Architecture: AMD64
Processor Number: 8
Current Time: 2014-5-16 8:31:4
================================================================

diskinfo.h(451): Failed to init GPT style table.
[3 ]fatlabel.cpp(200): Failed to get label for FAT32.

Any ideas how to fix it?

Thanks! :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Brent Jones  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#30

Up to around a year ago I had been a stalwart Paragon user. After an upgade the main image & residual differential backups were corrupt so I lost all purchased software & had to go back to my windows own original (virgin disc) image. As an alternative security feature all my documents, images, music etc are placed on D:\ so the situation could have been far worse!

Anyway, by chance I came upon AOMEI Backupper after the event & use it for weekly system & D:\ differential backups & have not looked back.

Thanks AOMEI & GAOTD for this excellent piece of software, I salute you!

Reply   |   Comment by Isaac Hymowitz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#29

I recently purchased AMOEI Backupper Pro 2.0 after a somewhat lengthy search for a backup solution that best met my needs. So far I am very pleased with my choice and have not found any issues except one which is not likely the program(mer's) responsibility. I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z710 which I am in the process of replacing the hdd with a new hybrid drive of the same size. This program does have a clone drive function but it appears that there is a 2 partition limit and for some reason which I have not been able to explore further Lenovo put multiple partitions on the system drive. This forces one to manually clone drives which is certainly more complex that 'One stop cloning'. I did find another program which worked well so ultimately no big deal. Other than that AMOEI has created an excellent backup solution. Thank you AMOEI and Thank you Giveaway of the Day!

Reply   |   Comment by David Robinson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#28

For anyone using W2K3 or WHS, then this product will not install on a "server" OS, even when using it in "workstation mode" without AD etc. Cobian backup (free) continues to work well...

Reply   |   Comment by lemonadesoda  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#27

Aomei edition comparision:

http://www.backup-utility.com/edition-comparison.html

Reply   |   Comment by Rory Binkerd  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#26

There are bugs, such as: When you go to Utilities> Create Bootable Media> Windows PE...> and click Next, you might be taken back to the main menu instead of going to the Windows PE utility. This happens when your system does not have the required Microsoft files to make a bootable disk. So, instead of displaying a message about that, along with a link to the Microsoft website to download the needed files, it just bumps you back to the main menu with no clue as to what happened.

Reply   |   Comment by Mo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#25

I installed Aomei Bkupper Pro 2.0 on my Windows 7 Pro x64 test system. I first created a WinPE boot disk, before I found where to enter the registration key, so I have to enter the registration key in the boot disk program also. The WinPE USB drive booted, and no, a different Linux boot disk did not work on my 3-year old Intel Sandy Bridge system.

I first tested the "system" backup with normal compression. It was quite fast, but the backup time was not given. The size of the backup was 15.3 GB, compared to Macrium Reflect Free's 8 GB. I don't know if it skips pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys because neither are on my Windows partition.

I next tested the "partition" backup with high compression to see how it differed from the system backup. I timed the backup and amazingly it took only 3 minutes 06 seconds and the size was only 7.5 GB! So I think the system backup may be backing up more than the C-partition.

The WinPE boot disk creation tool and the ability to make incremental and differential backups in the standard version is surprising because they are normally only in the premium product.

So the Aomei Giveaway seems to be quite good, but I agree that you want to be as sure as possible that your backup program will continue to work in the future. At least, if the Pro version were to convert to the standard version sometime in the future, the difference would not be great.

Reply   |   Comment by farangcm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#24

AMOEI Backupper Pro 2.0 installed & registered without issue on my Win 7 32 bit HP notebook. I think the interface is both very pleasant and user friendly. I performed a trial backup of my system drive at high compression and it took less than half the time my trusty Paragon Backup would normally. Also, the Image Check took was very speedy relative to Paragon Backup.

The only con for me, was the size of the backup image - 16.5 gb - too large for the 16gb memory stick which I use for my Paragon backups. I may be able to find a way to reduce this.

Of course, one can't truly judge a backup program till it has come to the rescue in time of dire need - something Paragon Backup has done for me several times in the past :-)

Reply   |   Comment by athome  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#23

Good free alternative:
http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119

Reply   |   Comment by marco  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

Oh WOW!
Thank you so MUCH AOMEI & GOTD for this giveaway !!
I have been using the free edition of Aomei Backupper eversince I found out about it.
It's reliable,it's good and it wipes the floor with many of them commercial backuppers.
You can do windows or linux bootable recovery media even with the free edition.

HUGE THUMBS UP FROM ME!

Reply   |   Comment by Sinappi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#21

Comparison of Standard and Pro: http://www.backup-utility.com/edition-comparison.html

Reply   |   Comment by Gizmo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#20

I found interesting info at
softpedia.com/reviews/windows/AOMEI-Backupper-Standard-Review-439678.shtml

"A 10.09GB partition with 10GB occupied space was backed up in 5 minutes and 32 seconds, creating a 9.94GB ADI image file."
If proportional to size that means approximately:
100 GB = 55 Min,
1 TB = 8 hours,
3 TB = 24 hours,
6 TB = 2 days
(additional external ventilation for notebooks recommended as you can't pause backup - only cancel it!!!).
Image file was nearly uncompressed. Knowing nothing about backed up file formats ...

My advice:
If you prefer doing always full backups for security, it's useful to have your drives partitioned and backup them in different intervals according to contents. Defragmentation thus is easier too.

Reading comments on download portals for standard edition, CHENGDU AOMEI seems to have done a good job.

@15 Chris Locke
Thanks for additional info. According to their homepage http://www.backup-utility.com you have to download Linux ISO for 17 MB Standard version for Windows 7 separately which is much smaller than other standard and other versions (about 60 MB each).

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#19

Why is there no option to load on Startup, or am I missing it?
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)
#18

I use Acronis.

If you have a choice between a Giveaway-one-day-expiry version and a freeware (less powerful)version of same software; always choose the freeware version for such important duties as total system + data backup + recovery from a system crash.

Forget all the bells and whistles. Competing software companies will tell you they have feature (x); others tell you they have feature (y). You are supposed to be persuaded that their product is better.

Stick with the core essential elements of such software.

It must be rock solid and give 100% reliable performance during recovery in times of a system crash when you cannot even boot.

A Linux boot disc is sufficient.

You will not die if you do not have a WinPE boot disc.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#17

I will be replacing the standard version with this one.
Aomie is a good back up tool and simpler to use.
I wish a couple of facilities found in Paragon were available:

1. The ability to exclude the huge operating system files which are not needed in a backup: Pagefile.sys (Circa 8Gb) and hiberfil.sys (Circa 6 Gb)and make the backup file much larger than needed)

2. As I do a lot of video work and have many large video files which are only used for a day or two the ability to exclude files with a specified extension would be invaluable in keeping the backup size down. I'm sure many people have similar needs to omit videos, books, music collections and maybe personal documents from the backup

That said I still prefer Aomie because it is easier to use and faster.

Keep up the good work Aomie!

Reply   |   Comment by alirut  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#16

Oh, I forgot:

Look if the M.S. -Dlls are already in your system - than delete them in Aomei Backupper´s folder;
Delete, if not needed or already burned, the Linux .iso media.
And whit upx-ing the remainder it is just 10 MB!!!

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

#12- FrancisBorne- The Linux boot disc can be downloaded from AOMEI website.
http://www.backup-utility.com/download-iso.html

The Windows PE is based on your installed OS, so if you have Windows 8 (and I believe Windows 7 Pro) installed, AOMEI will create a boot disc for you, so no, there isn't any media included with this giveaway, but the program will happily create it for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#14

If I not already had the fantastic DriveSnapshot (not free, but in reality very tolerant...) I would at once switch to Backupper 2!!!
And it delivers an really easy way of creating a WinPE disk (which you than might adopt and enhance for your personal needs - or you can use Winbuilder with Backupper script!)

All in all: a great tool.

In my test I only found
1. some redundancies in choosing source and target at partition backup/restore (DriveSnapshot is here the clear reference!)
2, these compression issues: DriveSnapshot is only a little bit little slower than the lightning fast Aomei Backupper at standard compression; but while maximum compression in Backupper, which provides really good compression, it becomes really slow...

Acronis and Paragon are in general good but both are too fat and both do not work under ALL circumstances...

OO is not that good: neither in speed, nor in size...

I could go on with smaller companies, but I think thats enough for today.

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#13

BritinSA (7): If you mean a backup (set of disk images) is now not listed on the GUI, yo can do that as follows:

Browse to as if you are going to mount and explore your disk image (vis Utilities) - once Aomei Backupper has browsed a disk image is is added to the backup jobs list in tasks.xml file (normally in C:\ProgramData\AomeiBR)

Once you have your backup listed again you can use it as before.

(Note this may be necessary if the drive letter of your external storage medium is allocated differently to that assigned when you made the backup)

(You could also edit tasks.xml directly (definitely not preferred!) - this is what I did before discovering the above.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

@1 Nicholas

You are describing paid version not this giveaway! This GOTD may be more restricted!
I doubt whether Win PE boot media are included in this giveaway. With other giveaways for license reasons they never were. Or is some boot media builder included?

Above is told as "Key feature":
"Create WinPE or Linux boot recovery environment in case of system fails." Normally this means an ISO file for burning a boot medium is enclosed!!! I'm sure this is the Linux procedure!
Same for WinPE? Perhaps somebody could tell!

I'll stay with another GOTD soft I'm content with for two important reasons:
- I have stored a lot of older images even from Win98 on,
- and they can be used as VHD (virtual harddisk).

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
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