I started using backup software from Power Quest Drive Image to Norton Ghost to Acronis True Image up to 2012.
They all get the job done, with a cost.
EaseUS Todo Backup FREE is totally free software that backup your OS, data, drives, partitions & disks.
It supports FULL and INCREMENTAL backup. Incremental backup is backup that's different since last backup while differential is the difference since last FULL backup.
It will also preserve a copy of your older backup for you up to the specified period (days, weeks, months & years) or the last X backups.
It also includes a scheduler to allow the program to run at specified date & time, multiple daily and weekly schedules. You may also schedule it once at specified time later.
To save the space used, it can also compress the backup images - 4 levels - none, normal, medium & high.
It's not the full fledged monstrous product. BUT it provides all the necessary tools to perform backup effectively. It also has a few extras: disk cloning and data wiping. It can also create a bootable CD USB image to be used during emergency situation. Hopefully no one ever needs it. It can also mount an image as a regular drive.
There are two things I wish they would include in the next version - run a missed scheduled backup & validate backup images automatically after creation - I might be wrong that it might already perform validation.
All in all, it's a great backup package that does everything a user needs.
The ONLY problem I have found is that the "help" page covers the "paid" version too, not always clear which features are not in the freebee (all the important ones are). It supports every kind of backup I have ever wanted, from selected files via partition image to exact disk physical sector clone. It is easy to do incremental updates too - a big time and space saver. Recovery is also pretty straight-forward, especially from a file backup.
It's as quick as anything else I have tried, and will backup to a USB drive (use the "browse" button to select it) - good for me as I have a ClickFree USB backup device, which I like but doesn't support Win8. So my new laptop uses free space on this with EaseUS.
Definitely worth a try - I have the EaseUS Partition Manager too (also free) which is as good as anything else I have seen.
I have nothing but praise for the program EaseUS To Do Backup Free . Got a lot (tens of thousands in new and dated cyber-gear), from running my own home audio-visual studio with plenty of older progs like Roxio. Adobe ElementsPhotoshop CS5 cyber kit to working V.A. initial & appellate comp & pen cases for our returning wounded warriors as a volunteer VSO.
My home looks like some NASA lab! Newer hardware replaces aging systems but original pictures & documents once gonzo are priceless losses. I had backed up into a 500GB Iomega external HD, 2 days ago the software that came with the the Iomega CD: Retrospect 7.5 failed, had about 300GB's of irreplaceable data and memories locked up inside that drive. Had I anticipated such a loss I would have been storing my my most valuable data securely off-site. Then I came across easeUS To Do Backup from a Snapfiles review. I installed it into an aging Windows XP (32-bit) Dell Inspiron lap top. Set the data to clone slow and verified every byte. The Iomega Retrospect only worked in safe mode, took 8-10 hours to transfer a near perfect copy into my main computer. EaseUS moved 470GB's with no errors in 35-minutes! I honestly thought it was a way-2-fast copy until I opened my external HD and found a perfect copy sitting inside. That was more than I ever even thought possible.
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