[Windows] EaseUS Todo Backup Home combines with drive-level and file-level backup technology into one program, plus has snapshotting features

2013-03-04_231329dotTech has a review on best free file backup, drive backup (aka imaging), and system backup software for Windows. However, if you have yet to pick a backup program and are willing to spend some money, EaseUS Todo Backup Home wants to win your business. Let’s see if it is worth the money.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

EaseUS Todo Backup Home ($29) is the shareware version of EaseUS Todo Backup Free. EaseUS Todo Backup Home does everything EaseUS Todo Backup Free does — i.e. file-level backup and drive-level and system backup — plus adds in two major features not found in EaseUS Todo Backup Free: ability to create and restore system ‘snapshots’ and the ability to create WinPE-based bootable media.

Take note that there is actually even a third version of this program, EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation ($39). The biggest difference between EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation and EaseUS Todo Backup Home is the former can restore to dissimilar hardware while the latter cannot, plus EaseUS Todo Backup Home is for home use only.

This review specifically looks at EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

Pros

  • Does full, incremental, and differential backups
  • You can backup whole drives, your whole system, or just specific partitions
  • Doubles as a file-level backup program — has the ability to backup select files and folders, too, in addition to whole partitions/drives/system
  • Has a system ‘snapshot’ feature which automatically takes snapshots of your system periodically and allows you to restore whichever snapshot you want
    • Think of this feature like Windows System Restore except with this feature each snapshot backs up all the files and data on your C drive and restores all files and data, not just system files and settings like Windows System Restore
  • Does a backup mode that specifically backs up just Outlook emails (desktop Outlook client, not Microsoft Exchange)
  • Can do sector-by-sector backup or backup of data only
  • Allows you to compress backup images, and control the amount of compression
  • Can schedule automatic backups
  • Can password protection backups
  • Has the ability to check the integrity of backup files, to ensure they haven’t been corrupted
  • Ability to split large backup image files into smaller files
  • Allow selective restore of specific files and/or folders from backups
  • Allows for exploration/mounting of backup image files
  • Supports WinPE-based bootable rescue CD/DVD/USB drive
  • Notification of backup operations can be provided via email
  • Supports both MBR (up to 2TB in size) and GPT (up to 4TB in size) disks
  • Has the ability to store backups anywhere — locally on your computer, external drive, networked folder, etc.
  • Supports Volume Shadow Copy Service, so you can backup files even while using your computer
  • Has the extra features of
    • Being able to clone (i.e. copy just data or do sector-by-sector copy) drive or partition to another drive or partition
    • Being able to wipe disks or partitions

Cons

  • Cannot restore drive-level/system backups to dissimilar hardware; you need EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation for that
  • Supports basic disk only, not dynamic disks2013-02-09_013124
  • For home-use only; business users need to purchase EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation
  • Does not support Linux-based bootable rescue/recovery CD/DVD/USB  drive, which isn’t a major issue for most people since you can create WinPE-based bootable but can be annoying for some

Discussion

EaseUS T0do Backup Home is one-step above EaseUS Todo Backup Free, the freeware version of EaseUS Todo Backup. EaseUS Todo Backup Home provides both file-level and drive-level/system backup and restore capabilities plus has a ‘snapshot’ feature that makes it easy to restore your computer to a previous system back in time. It also has the ability to backup Outlook emails.

Restoring is just as easy as backing up with users having the ability to selectively restore files/folders or restore whole backups.

EaseUS allows for additional options such as:

  • Checking the integrity of an image
  • Wiping the data from a disk
  • Mounting a disk or partition image to a virtual partition
  • PreOS

The PreOS option is particularly interesting; it allows users to access a pre-Windows environment on the next boot of their computers allowing for recovery options to be accessed without actually booting into Windows. In other words, it runs EaseUS Todo Backup Home’s recovery options outside of Windows without you having to create bootable media. However, this is not meant to be a replacement for bootable media as it does not guarantee complete safety in the cases of boot or hard drive failure.

The biggest drawback to EaseUS Todo Backup Home is the fact that it cannot restore drive-level/system backups to dissimilar hardware. This means you cannot create a backup of one computer and restore it to another computer with EaseUS Todo Backup Home. If you want the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware, you need to purchase EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation which costs $10 more than EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

As a program in and of itself, I have no major issues with EaseUS Todo Backup Home. Generally speaking, EaseUS Todo Backup Home does what it claims to do and does it well. However, I don’t recommend it. Why? Simple: There is no major reason to get it.

You see there are plenty of excellent free drive-level/system and file-level backup programs you can download and use without having to pay a dime. The biggest drawback to free backup program is they cannot restore to dissimilar hardware. The catch is, neither can EaseUS Todo Backup Home. Sure, EaseUS Todo Backup Home has a snapshot feature which is typically not found in free but all the other features of EaseUS Todo Backup Home are, more or less, available in free backup software. So, essentially, when you buy EaseUS Todo Backup Home, you are paying $29 for just a snapshot feature. Is that snapshot feature worth it? You may think so, but I say no. Rather, if you are going to spend your hard earning money purchasing a backup program, why not spend $10 more and grab Paragon Backup & Restore Home or EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation; both of these programs have that critical ability to restore backups to dissimilar hardware — for only $10 more. If you are willing to spend even more money, you can grab Acronis True Image for $50 and Macrium Reflect Pro for $59, both of which can also restore to dissimilar hardware.

So, to conclude in one sentence, EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a good program but is not worth the money because it lacks the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware. My recommendation is to either go with excellent free drive-level/system and file-level backup programs or spend a little more money and grab a program that can restore to dissimilar hardware instead of spending $29 on EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

Price: $29

Version reviewed: 6.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Download size: 114MB+

VirusTotal malware scan results: Too large to scan on VirusTotal

Is it portable? No

EaseUS Todo Backup Home homepage

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23 comments

  1. David

    Ashraf, both with an earlier version of their Linux boot disk and with a prompted reboot to restore with v6.1 I’ve experienced my laptop shutting down due to overheating.

    This doesn’t happen when restoring using their WinPE disk. I reported this some time back and they helpfully provided a copy of their WinPE disk with v5.8.

    Also note how badly it handles an incremental or differential backup to an external USB drive when it’s not allocated the drive letter held in the backup plan.

    Their support is good, but on these grounds, Aomei Backupper wins for me now.

  2. smaragdus

    ‘Cannot restore drive-level/system backups to dissimilar hardware’
    This is an enormous con which makes it useless for me. Version 1 used to be free without any limitations. What has changed from then on- mainly the interface, which has become modernly ugly, and the price. I do not like developers who offers their products in 1000 versions- Mega, Ultra, Hyper, Ultimate, etc. I prefer the similar tools developed by O&O, Ocster and AOMEI and event he free DriveImage XML.

  3. sgrams

    Whenever I can I always praise the program Casper, it is cloning software. The only way to really check a backup is disconnect the hard drive that is backed up and connect the backup drive, unless that is done you don’t really know the quality of the backup. With Casper software the process is easy and within minutes the computer is running as before. It is $50:

    http://www.fssdev.com/default.aspx?adc=1

  4. Jj

    I have been using EaseUS Todo Backup Home for a while now.
    I use it to clone my SSD drive to a hybride drive.
    And the hybride drive boots just like the original disk.
    It clones back to the SSD with no problems what so ever.
    I find cloning the best way to back up. Everything is copied exactly as the original.
    Clone your drive once a week. If anything goes wrong just clone it back.
    You can start the clone and walk away, and it will shut down the computer when finished.
    And it is free.

  5. Hilary Elder

    I bought the Home edition some time ago and it gets on with the job with no problems. I bought it to replace Acronis which I had terrible problems with crashing – all 3 of the last 3 versions I had crashed. They gave me 2013 free to cure the 2012 problem as their customer services could not solve the problem and it too crashed!

  6. Marc

    One option this has is to make a backup of your outlook stores and configuration. I ran that, but did not test that it was actually restorable. However, it did cause a bit of a problem. I had outlook setup to pull by gmail headers via imap. When the backup ran, it pulled the full gmail emails into Outlook before backing up, which has chewed up a lot of space and caused my Mozy backup to extend beyond 2gb.
    Separate nice thing: I had created a ‘file and folder’ backup into a PBD file on an external drive from a laptop that died on me. This was about a year ago and I had forgotten it. After I installed this, I was able to easily and very quickly restore files from that PBD file. So overall I’m pleased, but the Outlook thing is a warning.

  7. Eric989

    [@newbie] Yes, I replaced my hard drive in my laptop using the free version of this program.
    [@k] I use the free version and don’t think it requires dot net 3.5. I haven’t updated the program in a while so newer versions might be different but probably not.
    [@Midwest guy] I use Clonezilla for additional backups but it seems much slower and does not allow mounting of images as far as I know.

    One thing I really like about the free version of this program and that is pretty unique is that it allows you to make a WinPE disc to run the program from. Unfortunatley, there is no super easy way to do it in the free version. You have to install windows WAIK or something like that but it isn’t that hard.

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  10. RobCr

    [@Mekong Mick]
    I differ with Ashraf on the running of imaging programs (as I preach that one should never image whilst Windows is running.) So I better not clutter up this thread with my preachings. If you search dotTech for these words, you will find my numerous posts on imaging suggestions –
    “external dock”
    Seagate
    DiscWizard

  11. RobCr

    [@larhome]
    I only do full image backups (not talking about individual file backups) from a bootable CD (the way God intended).
    By any chance are you saying that the bootable CD checks the hardware, and refuses to run if it has changed ?
    If that is what you are saying, then I will be out on the streets holding a placard warning users to not use that product.

  12. Rob (Down Under)

    [@KMHamm]
    I use the free Segate DiscWizard (using the bootable CD of course, like God intended)
    The DiscWizard is Acronis.
    The latest versions of Acronis have buried the Verification, very deep, but it is there.
    EVERY TIME that I create an image, I verify it. Also if I ever move an image, I verify it again, before deleting the source image.
    I prefer to use an earlier version, but I have used the latest. the verification is in Tools (from memory), in the spot where the history of images can be seen. You right click the desired image, and there is a verify option.
    It is inexplicable to me, why they would bury such an important option, down a mineshaft.
    I have never had a failed restore, from an image that I had previously verified.
    Rob
    PS Ashraf has not taken up my offer, to enable us to easily detect subsequent posts by members. How are you guys (dotTechies) managing that ?

  13. Mekong Mick

    Hi dotTechies,

    I’m seeking some advice on both a good backup program; and backup strategy.

    Recently, I had a disc failure with my Acer Aspire PC, but got lucky and was able to recover all data, photos, music etc. I took the opportunity to do an upgrade.

    Current system.
    A 128 Gb SSD on which I run the OS and all programs. No data is stored on this drive. My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
    A 500 Gb hard drive partitioned into 3 for data storage.

    I now need to install a backup program. I’ve read your comparison article from a month ago, and this article on EaseUS ToDo Backup Home. I notice EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is free on GAOTD for the next few hours. At $0, this has to be great value.

    I have ample external disc storage. My thoughts are to create separate backups for the SSD and the hard drive. With the ability to do individual drives, partitions etc. Obviously, these would be updated regularly. Am I on the right track?

    I would appreciate the thoughts of other ‘dotTechies’ – I’m very basic in the IT area.

    Thanks, Mekong Mick

  14. KMHamm

    One of the things I don’t see a lot of in backup progs is a verification of some sort that the backup works as promised. At least this prog checks to see if the backup was corrupted. Lost an entire drive when my (paid) Acronis refused to restore… Now I’m a confirmed Macrium (paid) user.

  15. larhome

    I have tried the free version with the linux boot cd and it did a very good job of imaging my PC.
    I also got an email which allowed me to buy the upgrade for 50 % off ($15.00 ) and another email for buy one get one free or 75% off ($7.50)
    which has the win PE boot disc or win PE boot usb drive.The latest version is 5.5.
    It does track hard drive serial so you may need to email tech support and get them to unlock your serial if you clone a drive or change from AHCI to IDE mode in bios as I did. I actually got a email from them in less then a day to resolve that issue.Overall a much more responsive tech support compared to waiting 3-5 days for any response from acronxx. With all the problems with these new Advanced Format drives and drives in general after the floods of last year-
    you really need this program.

  16. Midwest guy

    Clonezilla user here. I prefer it because it does not install anything on your system. You prepare it as a live cd.

    Unless I’m mistaken, you can restore images on dissimilar systems. The only thing is that the new target drive cannot be smaller than the source drive was.