The importance of backup software for any business entity could not be stressed enough. Especially in our turbulent times. A variety of data backup tools are there to safeguard data on computers, mobile devices, data centers. In short, these tools backup and store the data on laptop or phone in case it is deleted by accident or failure.
We took most popular tools and put them under the microscope. They include both free backup software for private use and enterprise data backup tools for entire cloud servers, virtual machines and databases.
All of them work on Windows of course, while some are also compatible with MacOS and/or Linux, and many of these tools are totally free as well. On this page you’ll find all their features comparison, and performance test results.
The free downloadable version of Paragon Backup & Recovery contains only basic functionality, while the paid version provides features such as custom scheduling, selection of backup types, saving configuration settings, defragmentation, etc. This programm doesn’t load the resources and will be suitable even for the most inexperienced users in terms of using PC resources. It is simple, because it does not run any additional background services.
Cloudally is the original solution for backing up important information from various sources. Integrated with the cloud, the application supports many specific programs including Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint and others. Just one click will allow you to transfer your information to unlimited Amazon S3 storage. A smart system of reports and planning will allow you to quickly plan the regular creation of backups and receive notifications about the success of the operation.
EaseUS is quite simple to navigate, you just need to make 4 steps: choose the data to copy, location to save, type of compression, level of encryption, and wait a bit. EaseUS is faster, than its competitors, and does not require a lot of CPU resources, so it will be very useful for weak devices. This is the perfect backup utility for Windows, for the average user.
In addition to the key storage and synchronization option on multiple devices, free Iperius Backup is a lightweight, portable and stable utility. Good for home, personal and professional use. It creates complete disk images, transfers files via FTP, using VMware and an unlimited number of ESXi hosts for networks, exports Exchange Server mailboxes, protects files with AES encryption, using Volume Shadow Copy, etc. The main backup tool is free.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is capable of ripping any physical DVDs and ISO images to MP4, H.264, AVI, HEVC, MPEG, MOV and M2TS video etc. Also, it converts DVDs for playback on Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes), Android (Samsung, Huawei, Nexus, Kindle), Microsoft (Xbox, Windows Phone, Surface), Sony, and enables you to copy DVD library to Plex Media Server, NAS drive, etc.
This one is an open-source backup utility written in Java with the purpose of introducing a direct and easy free backup software tool. It supports all three types of backups, it is lightweight, and it also requires a Java runtime environment. Very simple interface will help to understand the menu in just a few minutes: the left-hand sidebar with archives, the main window with tabs (archives, logical view, history, etc.), the command line on the right. And the detailed logging tool helps to control the process of work, like creating and restoring backups.
Backup4All comes in 4 versions: Lite, Standard, Professional and last but not least, Portable. It`s perfect solution for those who prefer to work with cloud storage. Backup4ll supports Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Azure. Also, saving backups to local drives, FTP / SFTP, USB, etc. is available. The program is based on a step-by-step menu for creating backups, thanks to which the program is easy to learn for non-specialists.
It is worth noting, that Backup Maker does not copy or restore images of the system, it is only capable of backing up data and files, but it does it perfectly. The standard version is free, with all the functions; it has 2 modes - a wizard mode (easier) and an expert mode. The expert mode offers more control, using 12-part sequence of actions, from data selection to destinations and scheduling settings. In short, BackUp Maker can be described as: "German quality free product with an intuitive interface."
FBackup is a free backup utility by SoftLand, the Backup4All developer. This is a small program, with fast performance. In addition to supporting standard backup and recovery features, it provides protection against ransomware and viruses, such as WannyCry. FBackup deserves high user ratings, which indicate the high-quality work on the product, conducted by SoftLand.
This is a professional backup tool for corporate users. Acronis Backup it`s an all-in-one solution for business continuity planning. With web-based administration console, users can manage backup process on any platform within the corporate network from ordinary Windows and Mac PCs to virtual machines and servers. Built-in support for web connections helps to configure automatic duplication of backups in the cloud storage.
Genie Backup Home is a powerful backup software that supports a huge number of options for creating and saving backups. In addition to internal and external media, user can configure saving to remote media using FTP or Amazon servers integration. The built-in utilities can save critical information from third-party applications such as Outlook and Windows Mail. And Sensitive information will be in safe inside backups with 128, 192, or 256-bit AES encryption.