Free PC backup software may come in handy sometimes. Could be because of hardware failure, viruses or bugs, or human error. That’s why it is always a good idea to back up your PC regularly.
Worst case scenario – your photos, files, documents could be gone forever.
This is why we made a list of the best free PC backup software.
AOMEI Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a backup tool that’s very easy to use and has many features such as: file sync, partition, dick cloning, disk or system image backups, easy browsing of your backup images and a bootable rescue disk in case of an emergency.
You can also set the scheduler to run your backups automatically at any interval you choose: daily, weekly or on a certain day of the week, and so on.
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
EaseUS Todo Backup Free is like AOMEI Backupper standard but with extras.
And by extras we mean: Smart Backup system – it checks the folders you select and backs up anything that has changed.
There is also support for saving anything to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.
Other extras include: pre-OS boot – to recover backups without a disk, backup encryption, a Windows PE and a Linux rescue environment, network throttling to reduce performance impact.
Macrium Reflect Free
Macrium Reflect Free is not for your average PC user. File-based backups are not available. Image-only backups are available and the interface is not what you would call friendly or easy to use.
On the other hand, experienced users will find may features to like: compression, image>VHD conversion, in-depth control over how long backups are kept, differential imaging.
Select the “Differential Backup Set” and the program sets up a monthly full backup and a differential backup every day – backups can be set to match your requirements.
FBackup is a backup software with a focus on keeping everything as simple as possible.
With a couple of clicks you can backup key data as: Chrome and Firefox profiles, IE favorites, Outlook mail, pictures and documents.
The software simply copies your files from one location to the other. No compression or imaging tools are available.
There is no support for incremental or differential backups.
BackUp Maker is a simple file-based backup tool for everyone.
It has many features that can be useful for experienced users also, such as: ecryption, excluding files by size, password protection, send backup reports by email, run backups when a USB device is plugged, backup to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/FTP/FTPS and more.
Unfortunately, locked files can be backed up at an extra cost.
Areca Backup software is targeted at the advanced users, offering expert-level options which include filtering by extension, folder, date, size, and regular expression, AES and AES256 ecryption, Zip and Zip64 support, backup to local or network drives, FT, FTPS or SFTP servers, and many more.
Areca Backup also has: delta backup technology which can save only the modified parts of files, and can also recover files by a specific date.
As with BackUp Maker, backup for locked files comes at a cost.
So if you’re an experienced user this is the tool for you.
Paragon Backup and Recovery
Paragon Backup and Recovery is image-based only but lacks many features, reason being that it hasn’t been updated of a while now.
Still, this backup software has a save option to a “capsule”. Which means that your image will be saved in a secure area where it will be less likely to be lost if your partition is damaged.
A bootable rescue disk is also available.
QILING Disk Master Professional
Last but not least, the QILING Disk Master Professional is a backup tool that has more features than just about any other backup program.
You get file and imaging backups, with full incremental – differential support, password protection, scheduling, compression and full or partial restoration from a Windows PE rescue disk or a pre-boot environment on your drive.
You also have the ability to clone a drive, to migrate your system, to create, format, delete or recover disk partitions and many more.