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Cloud based backup solutions are quite the rage these days. In the past, I have reviewed quite a few cloud backup solutions including Carbonite, Syncplicity and Mozy. Using a cloud backup solution allows you to access your data from anywhere and everywhere without having to worry about keeping your backup disk secure. All of you have to do is, install the client, and create a few rules. Everything else is normally taken care of by the client. However, cloud backup becomes untenable if the quantity of data you are dealing with is huge. Unless you are one of the privileged few with a massively fast internet connection, restoring large bulks of data can be time consuming. Even more importantly, in order to be able to take advantage of cloud backup solutions, you have to be willing to trust third parties with your confidential data. The final disadvantage of cloud backup solutions is that they only backup data. System state or applications can’t be backed up using any of these solutions.
EaseUS is a fairly well-known name thanks to its suite of data backup, recovery, and management utilities. If you believe that the cloud based backup solutions are not a good fit for you, then EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation is what you should take a look at.
EaseUS Todo Backup features two primary backup modes:
System Backup: As the name suggests, this mode will create a snapshot of your system including the operating system state and installed applications. This is somewhat similar to Windows’ inbuilt system restore feature, and can help in recovering from crashes and malware infections. One particularly interesting and impressive feature is Universal Restore. Typically system snapshots are hardware dependent since they also include hardware driver backups. However, EaseUS has a “Recover to dissimilar hardware” mode, which can restore system snapshot to an entirely different system. You will be able to manually specify the hardware drivers for the system if they are not present in the snapshot.
File Backup: This is probably the mode that you will be using most often. You can create well defined backup plans to automatically backup changes made to files residing in specific partitions or folders. This is similar to the functionality that cloud backup solutions offer.
There is also an additional Clone Disk mode, which backs up the system state, applications, and all files present on the disk.
File backups are of three types:
Full backup: The entire content of the file is backed up. In order words, a copy of the file is created.
Incremental backup: This essentially implements versioning by backing up and maintaining different versions of the file. The obvious benefit is that less storage space is utilized, as only a full backup of the initial state is stored along with the subsequent changes. However, restoring an incremental backup takes more time as “the first full backup and every incremental backup must be restored”.
Differential backup: This takes a middle ground to balance space consumption and recovery speed. The change file maintains a record of all changes made with respect to the first full backup file. Thus, while restoring only the full backup and the selected differential backup file needs to be restored.
It is possible to backup files to both a local disk location and a remote server (through FTP). There are several other power user features in EaseUS like:
Conversion of backup images into VmWare of Virtual PC compatible images.
Support for direct mounting an image to explore and copy files present in it.
Comprehensive backup triggering rules based on date, time, and events.
A pre-OS recovery mode that can kick in before Windows is loaded.
WinPE based bootable recovery disk, which can be utilized to restore system in case of a Windows crash.
EaseUS Todo Backup is an incredibly sophisticated and polished backup solution that should be offers a complete solution for home and business users. In spite of being feature packed and powerful, Todo Backup is fairly simple to use thanks to its well thought out interface. Using a desktop based solution generally requires a larger investment than cloud based alternatives. However, they have their own advantages that I have already discussed. If a desktop based backup solution is what you are looking for, go ahead and take EaseUS for a spin. It’s one of the best in its class. A free version of Todo Backup is also available, which offers all the features discussed above other than System snapshot and built-in Windows PE bootable disk.
EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation License Giveaway
EaseUS is sponsoring ten licenses worth $390 (each license is worth $39). Needless to say your odds of winning are extremely good since we are giving away as many as ten licenses.
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