Looking for a free but powerful backup tool to back up your data, entire partition or disk? Here is one for you.
AOMEI Backupper is a free backup utility that backs up your entire system drive to ensure your data safety to not only data but the system that holds the data as well, with a straightforward and intuitive user interface that even your grandma can’t get lost. It’s a perfect solution for someone looking for a system-level of backup plan, whether for your home network or your small business environment. It works on Windows client operation system as well as server platforms like Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012 with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions supported.
The main window has four tabs on the side, with each tab representing a single function of the program. There is also a Home tab which only contains a single button for creating a new backup job. A bit redundant to me.
The Backup tab offers five types of backup options.
- System Backup to back up your entire Windows system, including system files and all installed applications, to an image of the system partition without interrupting the system.
- Disk Backup to back up all hard drives you have connected to the computer. It detects and backs up MBR disks, GPT disks, USB disks, and any other storage type of devices that can be recognized by Windows.
- Partition Backup to just back up any partitions you have on the disk.
- File Backup to back up files and folders to an image file.
- File Sync to back up files through file sync, no image files involved.
You can set up a backup schedule to let the backups run automatically at a certain time on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis or triggered by certain events like user logon, logoff, system startup or shutdown. You can tick the “Schedule off” option in each backup option to turn on the Schedule Backup.
I have to point out a few add-on features Backupper integrated into its backup function. If you go into Backup Options in the Backup Setup screen, you can apply a few nice features onto the backup image, such as Compression, Encryption, Splitting, etc. If you are sensitive about your data including the backup image files, you will like this Encryption option.
The Restore tab offers two types of restore options.
- System Restore to easily and quickly restore system partition from the backup image.
- Universal Restore to restore other types of recovery, such as File Restore, Disk/Partition.
The Clone tab has three options to let you directly make a copy of a disk, partition, or entire system to a new drive or new partition without going through the backup process. It’s much efficient when all you want is to make a copy of all the disks.
The Utilities tab includes a number of handy utilities that can be very useful.
- Check image file to make sure the integrity of the image files consistent.
- Create bootable media as a rescue tool to restore system drive in the event that Windows can no longer boot. What’s nice is that the bootable media now works fine with the new UEFI boot support as well.
- Explorer image to let you browse through the image file to see what files and data are being backed up and included in the backup image file.
- Import/Export Configuration to import or export configuration file to manage your backup tasks.
- PXE Boot Tool to boot up client-side computers within LAN through the network booting using AOMEI Windows PE/Linux bootable ISO file or your own customized micro-system image from a server machine.
- View logs to view the records that occur during a backup process.
You can back up your computer to any device storage attached to your computer, internal, external, USB devices, or even the network attached devices (NAS) or network shared path, and restore from them.
Overall, AOMEI Backupper is a nice and powerful free backup tool designed for both home and SMB. I like its simplicity and easy to follow user interface, as well as the thorough backup methods that cover virtually all areas you can think of.