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EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a reliable backup software for home users to back up photos, music, videos, documents, emails
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EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a top rated and winning-reward backup and recovery software. It mainly offers the three functions: backup, recovery, clone.

Todo Backup Home supports to backup system, backup Outlook email, backup all files (including network shared files) like important documents, photos, music, videos etc. It can recover files, disk, partition through image files and safely migrate system. Also support to schedule a backup for your folder, partition, system backup.

New Features:

  • Newly designed UI;
  • Newly Added Smart Backup, Encryption;
  • Supports three backup types: full backup, incremental backup, and differential Backups.

System Requirements:

Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP

Publisher:

EaseUS Software

Homepage:

http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-home.html

File Size:

104 MB

Price:

$29.00

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#75

@74 after reading your recent comment I compared original files and folders with the synchronized files and folders on the backup external drive. Found no missings.
I am using FreeFileSync version 6.10 on win 8.1 laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by Irshad  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

I'm rather sure I tried Freefilesync 6.2 or 6.3 and had the missing file problem I described. I am running an old XP laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen B. Cohen, Ph.D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

@72 Give a try to FreeFileSync.
Links mentioned in comment #50.
And please let us know about your experience about it.

Reply   |   Comment by Irshad  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

File sync software often skips files when copying them. I have yet to find a sync program that reliably copies ALL the files.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen B. Cohen, Ph.D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#71

Of course, you don't know if the backup software is good until you try to do a restore and then it may be too late.

Incremental backups ARE DANGEROUS. If one is bad, all succeeding ones will be bad.

Even though I followed the AOMEI 1.x instructions exactly, the restore failed. AOMEI agreed that I followed its instructions and suggested I try version 2 when it became available.

Here's what I do now: Every time I modify a file or add a new one or a program setup, I immediately copy it to ("send to") a USB memory stick. At the end of each month, I then copy the files on the USB stick to the appropriate folders on two separate external drives. Much faster than doing a fill or differential backup.

Does anyone know of a RELIABLE program that will backup AND RESTORE the Registry?

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen B. Cohen, Ph.D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#70

I bought EaseUS Todo Backup Home a week ago, and I use it only for file backup.

I am able to view the PBD files in Explorer and to copy individual files from my external hard drive to my native hard drive. Maybe it’s due to the nature of my external drive? It is a Seagate Backup Plus 1T drive.

For a restoration disc, why not use or obtain the system disc that comes (or is orderable) with your PC? Mine is Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit.

I heard that there is something in EaseUS’s coding that alters the sectors on your hard drive if you use EaseUS for full restoration. Stuff about this is at
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/easeus-todo-backup-home-6-1-can-be-trusted.355729/#post-2303928
and
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/easeus-todo-backup-home-6-1-can-be-trusted.355729/#post-2306204

The main plus the Home version has over the Free version is the option of selecting differential backup over incremental backup. Differential backup is to RAID 1 (mirror) that incremental backup is to RAID 0 (stripe): with incremental backup and RAID 0, if one (sector or drive, respectively) goes, everything else goes with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephe  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

Users should distinguish at least 2 types of backup software.

Type1
Software that only backs up files or folders as specified by you. Many "backup" or synch software do this. It helps you to manually or automatically have a regular backup of certain data/photos/working files.

Type2
Software that backs up your OS system, or whole partition/s or whole drive. Includes your MBR. Has boot disc option to allow you to do a restore of everything in case of catastrophic failure; where you cannot even boot the OS when you turn on the power to the PC.
Some latest software of this type will include an extra item in the BIOS boot menu for you to do a recovery. But not all like it, as it may not be possible to remove that item in the BIOS boot menu if you change brands of backup+recovery software.

Finally, RAID is NOT the same as backup+recovery.

Read this excellent article by William E in dottech.
http://dottech.org/95071/windows-best-free-file-drive-system-image-sector-backup-programs-review/

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Using this easeus software, I backed up my system drive, which is one TB, and that has 814GB used. That produced a backup file, on another drive, that is 641 GB:

1. If my existing system drive crashes, but remains operable, will this program restore it totally to what was on it as of time of the backup?

2. If my existing system drive becomes no longer operable, will this program restore the system and data to another drive. If so, are there special specs for the new drive?

3. Now that I have a backup folder, if I reproduce copies of that folder elsewhere will those copies work with the restore disk? What I want to do is have double or triple assurance that the backup will be available and will work.

4. Along the same idea, should I make multiple copies of the restore disk?

5. Is the restore disk good for just the backup I made or should it work for all future backups I make with this program?

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by HJB  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#67

Thanks GOTD, I needed something like this. Will test it out and hopefully does the job it states.

Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#66

Have used version 4.0 for years & it is great. I hope this version is as good.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Carter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

I'm sold on AOMEI Backup. Don't think you can get much better.
I clone my drive daily with SSD's. If something should go wrong, just replace with yesterday's drive.

Reply   |   Comment by JR  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

I believe that I have spent well over an hour today in bits and pieces trying to get this thing to work on XP. I have installed it, rebooted if told to do so, and only gotten an error message when I try to use it.

I have uninstalled it, rebooted, reinstalled it, and still only gotten an error message over and over again.

sometimes, it does not even give me an error message. It just sits there

This is the error message:

EaseUS Todo Backup

0x288042C9 [?]
Failed to open partition or disk.

Reply   |   Comment by Philip King  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Simply put, EASEUS is a company with really good software. I have been using some of theirs for many years now. For backup, I use them and mainly Acronis. The latter screwed my up two major times and the technicians in India could not find the solution - they tried though. Never had an issue with EASEUS, on both backup and disk partition applications.

I have to tell you that EASEUS is one company from China I will freely say I believe and trust.

Just have in mind that, with the FREE or TODO BACKUP HOME versions, you cannot do the followings:
Free tech support service, Recover to dissimilar hardware, Remotely controlled by Central Management Console, Migrate system to virtual machine, Backup to tape, Business usage

Otherwise, it is a very good and dependable software.

Reply   |   Comment by Oka Morah  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

AOMEI is still offering an 80% discount on Partition Assistant Pro (which includes Dynamic Disk Manager Pro) and Backupper Pro (the total cost for the bundle is only $19.60 - free lifetime upgrades).

http://www.aomeitech.com/landing/50-percent-discount-bundle.html

This offer is only good until 9/26/2014. No, I don't work for AOMEI nor am I affiliated with them in any way (other than being a satisfied customer). I would like to see EaseUS match this deal.

Reply   |   Comment by brosmith  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#61

#33: " I do not take many risks with having to reinstall everything all over again now – I backup to LaCie external HDDs (eye-wateringly expensive, but the most reliable I could find) and I use cloud storage for all the installers of the programs I’ve installed."

Hard drives are hard drives, & LaCie to my knowledge doesn't make any -- they use the same off-the-shelf as you & I. You can however research hard drive reliability -- there can be a huge variance -- and once you make your selection buy a separate external housing or dock, again doing due diligence selecting your brand/model.

I don't like cloud storage for the simple reason that like many, many people my upload speeds are best described as some sort of crawl. Personally I keep DVDs with all the program setups so I can use them whenever, wherever -- not much different than your cloud storage, but like I said, cloud storage for that sort of thing is unworkable for me.

"As for the comment about Aomei letting them down, I can understand that – It happened to me after all, with one of Aomei’s competitors. Look at actual user experiences on places like Amazon and it seems that all backup software has let some customers down sometimes. That is because backing up a live, working computer is actually quite a feat as there are odd combinations of software, conflicts, corrupted files, deletes, edits, USB removals, installs, uninstalls, updates, other scheduled tasks, defragments happening, to name just a few off the top of my head. With all this going on, it is possible that any one software may encounter a problem."

A simple solution is to do your backups outside of Windows. If nothing else use the boot disc for whatever backup app, or you can use one of the mini-Windows OSes you can create following guides from reboot.pro for example. I dual boot our machines, so backup win7 or 8.1 from another copy of Windows, not as much for reliability as the resulting archives are usually smaller. [Note: don't forget to delete all your restore points prior to backing up for smaller archives.]

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#42: "Try out this really amazing backup-tool...
One file of just 370 kB! in size – no registry entries
Browse backups as virtual drives and restore single files"

.
Guess what? It's impossible to store 100GB in less than a meg -- the raw data itself amounts to about 70GB. The sort of tool you're promoting can work in some limited circumstances, & for those it may well be worth it to you, but anyone forgoing a full backup will be disappointed to say the least when they find themselves needing a full backup.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#60

I bought EaseUS Todo Backup Home a week ago, and I use it only for file backup.

I am able to view the PBD files in Explorer and to copy individual files from my external hard drive to my native hard drive. Maybe it's due to the nature of my external drive? It is a Seagate Backup Plus 1T drive.

For a restoration disc, why not use or obtain the system disc that comes (or is orderable) with your PC? Mine is Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit.

I heard that there is something in EaseUS's coding that alters the sectors on your hard drive if you use EaseUS for full restoration. Stuff about this is at
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/easeus-todo-backup-home-6-1-can-be-trusted.355729/#post-2303928
and
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/easeus-todo-backup-home-6-1-can-be-trusted.355729/#post-2306204

The main plus the Home version has over the Free version is the option of selecting differential backup over incremental backup. Differential backup is to RAID 1 (mirror) that incremental backup is to RAID 0 (stripe): with incremental backup and RAID 0, if one (sector or drive, respectively) goes, everything else goes with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephe  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

#18: "@easeus, @2 Restoring and comparing backed-up files using file manager is a big deal for me.
It would be good if the backup software offered compression and non compression as options."


When you're dealing with raw data, compression doesn't make the same sort of big differences you get using 7z on a file. As far as comparing every file to make sure you have it right, not really gonna happen because of how long it would take. That said, the real test is how a backup restores, so restore it to a VHD or spare hard drive partition & compare as much as you want.

* * *

#20: "If your computer drive goes, this program is going with it. How can you use a backup-restore program to restore the backup-restore program? Phil K said nearly the same thing above. Or is this portable? There is no way I would use a program like this without it being guaranteed portable, or having the ability in my hands to install it on the recovery pc."

Maybe this will help with the basic concepts?... A disk/partition image backup is roughly the same to a disk/partition as an ISO to a disc [CD/DVD/BD] with the very same data. If you have a re-writable DVD, you can't re-write the disc full of data until you erase it -- you have to empty your coffee cup before you can re-fill it with fresh coffee. Restoring a disk/partition image backup means 1st deleting everything on that disk or partition. To do that for the disk/partition where Windows lives, you have to do that while running some other OS, e.g. WinPE or live *nix etc. Most backup apps use a more or less copy of what you'll find on their boot disc [or USB stick] that's been written to the hard drive, & after re-boot is read into RAM & run, since the disk/partition has to be emptied. Or you can just use the boot disc/USB stick.

So you see, it really makes no difference what-so-ever what's on the disk/partition you're going to restore a backup to. You need 2 things -- the backup archive & the boot disc or USB stick. Obviously It IS IMPORTANT to make sure those work for you -- mileage can vary for example with USB sticks depending on your hardware & even the brand/model of USB stick.

* * *

#24: "Who here has used the various programs actually to “Restore”, and which really works?"

All of them work but reports suggest mileage can vary -- why I have no idea. For example I've used Paragon countless times, yet every time it's offered there are reports that for some people it didn't work. That said, I've also used EaseUS, Acronis, & Aomei myself, & none of them has given me a problem.

* * *

#26: " If this product cannot restore to a virtual machine, does anyone know what I can use to do this?"

Basically what you're talking about is migrating your XP install to new hardware, in this case the emulated hardware of a VM. Microsoft has a simple tool -- search their site for the Sysinternals home page. Paragon also has several tools with this capability, or you can *try* booting into Safe Mode, removing all the drivers you can in Device Mgr., but don't reboot -- shut down, make your backup, & restore that to a VHD. The goal with all 3 methods is a winXP install that's missing critical drivers so Windows itself will look for the correct ones when you 1st start it. You can also try restoring a backup of XP as-is to a VHD, connect it to a new VM, & before you try to start XP in that VM, boot it to a XP install disc & run a repair install. I've done all of the above & like using Paragon best, but I'm also biased [I like Paragon software], so please take that FWIW.

* * *

#29: "Windows 7 already got this function included with it then why to unnecessary consume the drive space. All back up or shadow copy can also be done using inbuilt tools."

If you were talking about win7's backup you might have a point -- if you're talking just about VSS, it won't do the job... not even restore points work 100% of the time.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#58

Macrium is perfect for system backup, and the free version is sufficient. To avoid surprises while restoring my data, I use simple copy to copy my important data such as My Documents folder, mail etc. For that I use Total Commander and in the copy options dialog I check to copy only newer files. Several folders can be selected at once. There is also a folder comparison option. No compression, no possibilities for errors. Can do the job in the background.

Reply   |   Comment by Roland  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

@11 Dear Thomas, you're new here, aren't you? This is kinda like a community and certain people get known for their frequent and helpful evaluations of software and offering alternatives. Giovanni is at the top of that list. Others at the top include Ashraf, Karl and XPman, and a few more. Just my opinion, of course, but I've found these folks to be consistently helpful in this forum.

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

EaseUS Todo Backup is a good app. I like Paragon better, & I would like Acronis better if it didn't have such a high impact on Windows. That said, the core function of disk/partition image software is to copy the raw data on a partition to a backup archive, then restoring that data on demand. That's not something that's enormously difficult, & EaseUS, Acronis, Paragon, Aomei, & win7's backup [among others] all can do that really well. You may personally like one brand more than the others, or want/need features that are included in one & not the others, but any of them should manage disk/partition image backup & restoration just fine. [In a way it's like disc burning software, where you may have your favorite burning app, but there are likely dozens that'll do the exact same thing.]

* * *

#2: "You cannot view your backed up data using explorer. I may actually switch programs because of this shortcoming."

Paragon [& probably others] lets you mount your backup archives as a virtual disk, which can be handy, but it's slower if you want or need to copy more than a couple few files -- that's because of the layers of software working to show you the backup archive's raw data as files & folders on a virtualized disk. It takes longer initially, but works much faster afterwards if you restore a backup to a VHD you create in win7/8/8.1 -- restoring that backup to an expanding VHD [so it isn't any bigger than the actual amount of data] takes extra time, but once you have that done a mounted VHD works like a regular hard drive partition.

You can create and mount/dismount VHDs in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.

* * *

#3: "Could this be used to clone my C Drive (XP3) onto an SSD, do you reckon?
If so, you’d have a huge target market."


Restoring a disk/partition image backup is equivalent to cloning a drive or partition -- you're just storing the data in a backup archive 1st rather than copying it from one drive/partition to another. SSDs present a special case -- not all software will write data optimally to an SSD -- but Todo Backup should work just fine. http://kb.easeus.com/art.php?id=10010.

* * *

#6: "As soon as you have registered it prompts you to install an update.
I would have thought it best to provide the current version as it is."


Yes, but it might not have been ready yet when they gave the setup file to the GOTD team so they could prepare it.

* * *

#10: "If it is using propritory format for backup file (.PBD) as explained by Kard above, it may not be possible to recover data after expiring license in one year.
Better to use software which uses zip/rar format for backedup data, or atleast no compression at all so as to recover the data without purchasing it after one year."


Problems with backing up to zip etc. include: you will not get a backup that when restored will boot, you will have larger archives, you may not be able to expand large folders [e.g. C:\Windows] using regular [vs. backup] software, backup & restore will be CPU intensive with speed partly depending on your system specs.

I didn't see anything limiting this ToDo backup license to a year, but their free version or the trial should work if this copy stopped working for some reason, plus you can [& should] always hold onto the boot disc you create with ToDo backup [or any disk/partition image backup software], which handles backup restoration just fine. If you have older archives you've saved, newer versions of the software may not always work with them 100%.

You can't restore the system disk/partition where Windows lives when that copy of Windows is running. If you restore it from software running in that copy of Windows, it'll ask you to reboot or restart your system, & then run pretty much the same software as what's on that bootable disk. Running that software after a reboot doesn't always work -- booting from that disc & running the software does, so create & keep that disc.

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#13: "Nice backup software but too many active processes."

Not being a smart a**, but turn them off, so the EaseUS stuff isn't running when you don't need it to. Unfortunately extra stuff you don't necessarily want or need running with Windows has been a fact of life since win95.

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#14: " Easus has been working very well, though the backups do take more of my back up drive than Acronis did but I have received an e-mail from Easus advising they are looking into making the incremental and differential backups use less space. "

Purely FWIW, I personally don't see a good case for incremental or differential backups themselves... The strength of disk/partition image backups is in their copying of raw data from the drive -- it's fast & efficient because you don't have to worry about files or folders or anything -- just ones & zeros. When you ask backup software to compare what's stored in an archive with what's on disk [so it can tell what's changed & needs to be backed up too], you throw that efficiency out the window, having to translate the backup archive into files & folders, then running a compare etc.

To me, when or as possible it's better to just store full partition image backups. Data I think should be stored separately, whether included in other backups or not. Old Windows + software backups are primarily useful if/when you get infested with mal-ware, install a bad driver, install a bad app etc., so you have to go back weeks or months or years. They can be burned to BD data discs for example because odds are you'll not need them, so no need to keep them on a hard drive for fastest, easiest access. And because in those situations you won't be current anyway, you don't need to store as many backups on BD discs, e.g. maybe one a month or one a year, it's up to you. Then if you only have the storage space to store one full backup on HDD, make it the latest one.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

Unlike someone said, the free version -DOES- support incremental and differential backups, according to EaseUS's web-page:
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/comparison.htm

What happened to the snapshot feature?
Is it included in this?
The official web-page does not even mention it in the features in any version, anymore..
Look here:

http://www.todo-backup.com/support/help/what-is-snapshot.htm

"Note: This feature is only available in Home Edition, and Workstation Edition. If you want to test it, please upgrade to corresponding paid version."

The only reason I would consider installing this over the free version is, if it has the snapshot feature.
So does it have it?

Reply   |   Comment by Slaikka  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

I NEVER BACK UP MY HD!
I do a copy or clone of my system hard drive into a 2nd internal backup drive every Sunday. Once a month I make another copy to an external HD as a monthly backup copy.

I have a switch on the computer front panel that removes the 5v & 12v power to the backup drive when I'm not using it. After the copy is made I reboot the machine and turn the power OFF to the backup drive before the boot sequence starts. You can test the backup by just booting from it.

If my main HD crashes I just switch the power ON to the backup drive and boot from that drive. I can then copy files, partitions or the whole drive back into the normal HD using the backup/copy program on the backup drive.

If you don't boot from the backup drive you will need to assign drive letters to your backup clone partitions either as part of the backup process or from your system HD. That will allow you to see the partitions when you have booted from the system drive. At that point you can copy whatever you might need from one drive to the other.

It sounds confusing but think of it as a belt AND suspenders to keep your computer on line. A complete restore (to the last backup) is nothing more than throwing a switch, booting the backup and copying it back to the system drive.
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To people wondering how you do a restore if your main HD fails with your backup on it.

Simple:
DON'T DO A BACKUP OR COPY TO YOUR MAIN HD!
And DO make a restore CD for whatever program you are using.

Reply   |   Comment by olrowdy01  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#53

I have been a long time user of versions 5 and 6 on Win 7. (Paid)
However I will not upgrade to 7 until they put the Mount Image feature back into 7. You can't pull files off image or explore files and compare these to the C:\ drive.
I emailed Tech support and Ken replied that this feature will be restored in future version. So until this is done I will not upgrade.

Please restore the Mount Image feature that was removed from previous versions.

Reply   |   Comment by larhome  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#52

After installing (XP)external drives with no drive letter & not allowed to give one. Uninstall & reboot using Last Known Configuration external drives ok.

Reply   |   Comment by Stewart Wallace  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#51

x kalmly & co

Aomei Backupper PRO version is almost identical to the FREE edition, since it does not bring essential features to the table:

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

Actually I'm not using the PRO GAOTD version given away here a few days ago because of its update limitation.

So my advice is to install the FREE version and enjoy it as much as you can!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#50

For data backup I always use an external hard drive. "FreeFileSync" is a very simple and fast program. All backup files/folders are simply synchronized through it. No problem to me.
Here are the links:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/files/latest/download?source=directory

http://freefilesync.com/

Give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Irshad  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#49

@24
I have used Acronis True Image for many years and on many systems. My experience on restore have justified my continuous usage. Was is really great is there ability to install on your machine and use the F11 key to get back to the backups or re-install in total or for a individual file.

Saved me many times when a file went bad and needed the backup.

Reply   |   Comment by cyclone  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

Everyone seems to agree that every PC user should have a good back-up program on a separate drive and a rescue disk just in case your PC won't boot. In my opinion they all seem to fail just exactly when you need them the most. It has happened to my PC more than a few times over the years.

I use a 2 step system.
1) Back-up daily on a separate drive using SuperEasy 1 Click Backup with rescue disk from a previous Giveaway.
2) Rollback RX - takes a snapshot image of main drive on every start-up and to restore from snapshot takes less than a minute. Pick up a nasty bug downloading or surfing the net and can't boot, Rollback to clean system in 60 seconds or less. Has saved my PC butt more than a few times.

I have used Todo Backup in the past and recommend it to anyone requiring a good back-up system.

Reply   |   Comment by Freddy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#47

I have actually restored my PC from a backup several times.

Acronis
........
I was using Acronis 11.
Then I upgraded my 2 hard drives to SATA.
Acronis 11 in its original form, has Linux boot discs that cannot sense the existence of SATA hard drives.
If you surf the Acronis forum, you will find angry users berating the company about this.
Acronis has responded. For genuine (not pirated) Acronis owners there are two downloadable files. One is a BartPE boot disc plug-in and the other is an add-on to make a Safe Media (Linux) boot disc.
I have made both boot discs, tested both and they work.
The SATA hard drives are detected.
Newer versions of Acronis may not have this problem.
Acronis 11 has the ability to make incremental, differential backups.
Using Acronis, you can view the backup and restore specific folders or files if you want to.
Acronis has a good compression ability and backups are quite small.
There is one defining feature - Acronis has ability to specify many folders that you want to EXCLUDE from the backup. This is a great time saver and very practical.


Easeus
......
As for this Easeus giveaway, it is a huge improvement over the Free Easeus version. Because this has ability to make incremental & differential backups.

The mainland Chinese Easeus guy handling software support has an obvious English language problem. He cannot understand users' problems and gives (and repeats) strange unhelpful answers. Easeus users have actually complained about it. See the website.


Aomei
......

I have tried Aomei Backupper. Unfortunately it fails in my system and I get a Windows pop up error message and the software crashed.

Also, when you try to create WinPE boot disk, it is not simple.
In Aomei they ask yo to download Windows AIK ISO. I did and it took 1` hour. Then mounted the Windows AIK to run SetupCD.exe.
But unfortunately, the system said that before user can install Windows AIK, you must first install Windows MSXML.
But the Microsoft Window clearly warns that Windows MSXML can only be installed in Windows 7 or later. It never mentioned XP.
This is catch-22.

Macrium
........

Macrium got the simplest way to make WinPE boot disc without the hassles, even in Free edition.
Their Linux boot disc CAN read SATA hard drive.
I am waiting for a giveaway of the Macrium Standard or Pro edition.
This is the one I want. (other than my Acronis 11)

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#46

I have been using Easeus ToDo Backup Home v6.0 for a couple years. It has never failed me in backup and complete driver restorations. My only rub against it is that the recovery process is S-L-O-W ! ! !. Norton Ghost 15 is WAY faster to recover but have had problems with it recovering Windows 7 to a new bare drive - even if it is the exact same make and model of drive. The restored Ghost image restored successfully to the brand new drive but when ready to boot-up the computer freezes at the Windows "fireflies" that happen about 5 seconds after boot. I spent almost 10 hours on the phone with Symantec Support and they could not resolve boot problem so I had to reinstall Windows from Microsoft CD.

By the way, in todays world the best reason (in my mind) to keep backing up is the ransom-ware that plagues the internet today. Yes, anti-virus and malware apps "might" prevent them but in my personal experience we have had it happen to us at yahoo.com and whitepages.com - both are mainstream sites. When your computer screen is taken over and tells you that they have encrypted your data and want $500 to unlock it the first thing that pops into your mind is "when did I do my last backup?"

Hope this helps others in their journey.
Best regards to all!

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Moon  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#45

Annie, #7. If you are new to this site, you always need to look at the Readme file. Most often it will say this. "You have to install and activate it before the Giveaway offer for the software is over." So yes, you need to install and register it within the 24 hour giveaway period.

Reply   |   Comment by Anita  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#44

@24 I have used Aomei Backupper to backup and restore with no problem whatsoever. I have tried many of the others including today's giveaway but always liked and trusted Aomei as I have never had any problems with it. All my backups are on several hard drives in case of failure on 1 and I also have them backed up to dvd disks that will fire up with Aomei stand alone dvd. Ott I guess but you never know lol

Reply   |   Comment by Alec  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#43

I often wonder what all the hype is about concerning backup software.
Just get an external HD and copy your need to have stuff there.
Get an inexpensive flash drive and copy your factory partion for system failures.

Reply   |   Comment by Fulltilt  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#42

Try out this really amazing backup-tool

http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

One file of just 370 kB! in size - no registry entries
Encrypted backups if needed
Browse backups as virtual drives and restore single files

Reply   |   Comment by Hermann  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#41

this is a free version and a very good one too. Someone above asked if you loose your computer will you loose this program...no not if you used the program to make a backup and rescue disk .... pop in the rescue disk and boot to that drive ...locate your backup file (that you put on a external disk)and 15-20 minutes later you are back exactly like you were the day you made the backup. This has worked for me a few times .I use 4 progs to back up just in case one fails Easeus...Paragon ...Macrium reflect...Aomei...all 4 work in a similar way and all are free

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick J Quigley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#40

Been using this one. http://download.cnet.com/FBackup/3000-2242_4-10907579.html
If Easeus is better I'll go with it. Lets give it a try. Seems like a good one :)

Reply   |   Comment by Lisbeth Marquis  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#39

I don't care for the new interface. It reminds me too much of Acronis True Image. I prefer the interface from version 3.5 (which I use). I noticed that EaseUS Todo Backup will change interfaces but as far as functions are concerned not much has changed. But anyway, a backup is a backup.

Reply   |   Comment by brosmith  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#38

#24. Actually, the free version of Aomei Backupper works for me - everytime, I've been needing it. It has not failed just one time, and I don't recoqnize any "bugs" - as #11 claims, while he's calling, Giovanni, "Aomei spammer". Well, I'm not an expert, and when Paragon failed big time, I did take, Giovanni's advice and installed Aomei Backupper. It works for a n00b like me - then it works for everybody :)

However, I'll try today's offer as a back up for my existing back up solution. Thanks a lot, EaseUS, for generous offer....and to the crew behind GOTD. Greets from Denmark to the dedicated users giving good reviews and advises every day.

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#37

@20 To Ken Peters: Oh, you must have missed an important point raised in in this thread a number of times. If you make a rescue CD, then you can restore the backuped files/discs using the CD, regardless of any licence "obstructions".

@24 I do only disc backups/restores, while for files I use synchronisers. I have used most of renowned backup applications (Paragon, Aomei, Easeus) and all of them managed to restore my disc backups with various success, though. Each of them had its ups and downs. For instance, Paragon produced a disc backup and reported successful completion of the operation. Sometime later, when I wanted to used the backup to restore the disc, it occurred the backup was usueless. The same occurred to one of my Aomei backups. Aomei erroneously recognised a backup target disc and restored backup to a wrong disc which almost ruined all data stored on it. Aomei also could not identify a backup file when using the CD. Later analsis showed that the backup, allegedly completed successfully, was incomplete and corrupt. Easeus failed to recognise my 3 TB USB discs at all.
My policy is that whenever I need to make an absolutely critical disc backup, I use more than one application so to do.

According to my experience it is less expensive to spend money on disc space to save backups than to lose money, time (which is said to be money, isn’t it) and nerves on restoring corrupted, infected, damaged (but still recoverable) discs and/or systems, call assistance of computer shops etc.

Karl is absolutely right: frequent backuping may save you a lot of trouble!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Czerski  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#36

I have the older version. Easeus todo 7.0 .. Not gonna indulge this just for the sake of the Outlook backup feature. For that I use Remo Outlook backup & migrate. http://remo-outlook-backup-migrate.en.softonic.com/

Will download this though. See how it works out for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Dorien Vader  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#35

AOMEI Backupper does the trick for me. There was another backup software. Can't seem to remember its name exactly. Marcium, mercurium or something. It was pretty good. Will have to google it now. Have a nice day folks!!

Reply   |   Comment by Arturo Bonasera  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#34

@26 Johnny P:

I just noticed on their website that the "restore to dissimilar hardware" and "restore to virtual machine" are features of the "Workstation" version of this software, which is $40. Might be worth it for your application, and you might get a discount via #5. On the other hand, how can one use today's free software to install to a brand new machine, assuming the old machine was destroyed by some calamity. Does one need to purchase the Workstation software in order to restore one's backup to a new machine, assuming one doesn't have a duplicate of your old machine stored in a safe off-site location?

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#33

Just a general observation on backup programs in general.

I used a different backup program to this and it was just as highly regarded as Aomei. It verified the backups were perfect, yet when a Microsoft update went wrong, it let me down. My system was unrecoverable and I lost a great deal, despite being (overly I thought!) careful.

So now I use TWO completely different programs for backups - One of which is Aomei's. I do not take many risks with having to reinstall everything all over again now - I backup to LaCie external HDDs (eye-wateringly expensive, but the most reliable I could find) and I use cloud storage for all the installers of the programs I've installed.

This is not for everyone, it depends on how much you use your computer and how much software is on there. I use scheduling software to make most of it run during the night.

As for the comment about Aomei letting them down, I can understand that - It happened to me after all, with one of Aomei's competitors. Look at actual user experiences on places like Amazon and it seems that all backup software has let some customers down sometimes. That is because backing up a live, working computer is actually quite a feat as there are odd combinations of software, conflicts, corrupted files, deletes, edits, USB removals, installs, uninstalls, updates, other scheduled tasks, defragments happening, to name just a few off the top of my head. With all this going on, it is possible that any one software may encounter a problem.

Tuesday nights are a real problem, as Microsoft updates might reboot during something, so I have one backup software run Sunday night/Monday morning and another runs Thursday night/Friday morning.

One last tip I discovered, that might help someone else? If you use a password manager like Password Safe, Keepass or one of the others, use a SEPERATE scheduled back up to copy the encrypted database for it to a separate drive (in case one drive fails), or even upload it to the cloud (fully encrypted).

Reply   |   Comment by TeeK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#32

@26 Johnny P:

If you have the original installation media for your Phatbox software, you should be able to install it to any virtual machine already running XP. There are options for getting a fresh install of XP on a virtual machine...

Have you tried installing your software on recent versions of Windows? Compatibility mode can itself be a kind of virtualization that lets many older programs run.

At any rate, it would be a good test to try to run this software to restore to a virtual machine. Why don't you do it and report back whether it worked?

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#31

I loved the old EaseUs backup, but it quit working. The newer versions run several services, more than the ones mentioned in earlier posts, and they all run at startup. AND when I had trouble with my system a few months ago, the boot disk I made with EaseUs did not work.

Macrium Reflect is free and works well. However, I prefer to use an app that copies the whole drive and then lets me access the backup at will, like Paragon Drive Copy. BUT I'm not recommending Paragon either since it corrupts files willy nilly.

Guess I'll be trying Aomei Backupper. Too bad I missed the giveaway, but I'm perfectly willing to pay for a decent program that will do what I want it to do.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#30

Quite a good app. But it falls short when specifically cloning a larger drive to a smaller drive. I used it for some years but then found Marium Reflect. http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Macrium-Reflect-Free-Edition.shtml
Highly recommended.

Another excellent app is Cobian Backup. Its not updated anymore but still one hell of an app. http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/cobian_backup.html

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron Farnsworth  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#29

Windows 7 already got this function included with it then why to unnecessary consume the drive space. All back up or shadow copy can also be done using inbuilt tools.

Reply   |   Comment by xpktv2000  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#28

NAZ and telephone number. + They can, according to the US fed.gov, distribute world wide.

I did not find anything but canned photos from media advertising sellers on their web English web site. -

If one defrags her hard drive, anything encrypted will be lost. This is a major problem for that secret data. We all know the poor operation of all winOS's requires regular defragging.

I find it hard to believe the average user here has RAD back-up and/or external back-up for her PC or fructose machine(s), actively monitoring every keystroke. As implied in other comments, a back-up on a compromised machine or dead hard drive has no value now, after one year or years in the future. Hence, the over all limited value of this offering.

To effectively use this software, I'd need another 35 hard drives just for current PCs--I won't give MSFT the satisfaction of additional purchases, there maybe no less deserving corporation on the planet.

I do like that bootable media can be made, but that is hardly unique.

For some software, a clone without the original registry entries, is dysfunctional (two crappy software companies immediately come to mind: Sage and Intuit). So whatever you think you are saving, a TimeSlips or Quickbooks file without the underlying software working is of little or no value. What value then "a clone"? (Average street cost of these two mediocre software programs is a grand US.)

Software writers need to acknowledge the 1990's are over. What personal computer owners require for complimentary software today has move a quarter century ahead. Coders apparently have not.

This sort of program was fine for winMillions of Errors or Vista... Who'd want a clone with an NSA keylogger or backdoor included?

Wake up! "We're not in Kansas anymore."

Reply   |   Comment by DoktorThomas™  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-34)
#27

I am a recovered BACKUP Obsessive Compulsive. That included an endless stream of wasted money for apps, disks, dvd, streaming tape and more. Endless hours of work, verification etc etc etc.
Then I found backblaze but it did not include the os! Got over that with research.
So now I've gone from wasted streaming money, time and worry to about 5 minutes a month to make sure all is being backed up (except OS).
Please research yourself. It is less than 5 bucks a month for sanity!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Fox  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#26

Ok, this looks great, but what I need to do is clone my xp3 pc and install it on a virtual machine so I can keep running my old xp Phatbox software for my music player in my car. If this product cannot restore to a virtual machine, does anyone know what I can use to do this?

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny P  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
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