Disaster Recovery

Review: Easeus Todo Backup

Easeus Todo Backup offers both file and folder backup as well as partition and disk backup so you can restore from either a simple file loss or major disaster.

Is it possible that a free backup solution is good enough for home and small business use? Most free backup solutions are good for backing up files and folders, but many lack the power to actually restore a system from a major catastrophe. Easeus Todo Backup attempts to break that mold by offering both file and folder backup as well as partition and disk backup so you can restore from either file loss or major disaster.

Specifications

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Server 2000/2003/2008
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional information

Who's it for?

Easus Todo Backup is for anyone needing a versatile backup solution. Easus Todo Backup is perfect for anyone needing a solid backup solution without having to have nearly the knowledge you would need for a solution such as Acronis. Anyone from the average user to a seasoned administrator can benefit from this wizard-based backup solution.

What problem does it solve?

From single directory backups all the way to drive imaging, Easeus Todo Backup can handle just about any backup need you can throw at it. You can even mount a backup once it is created to ensure your files and directories are safe.

Key features

  • Back up to image
  • Back up entire drive
  • Restore image files
  • Clone disk
  • Restore with bootable CD
  • Mount images
  • Validate image files
  • Easy to use wizards

What's wrong?

The only problem I have found with Easeus Todo Backup is that a system restore MUST be done with a bootable CD. But this is the case with most backup solutions, so it is really not that much of a problem. There have also been reported bugs with Windows 7 where Todo Backup will always force a sector-by-sector backup which is incredibly slow. If this happens, a chkdsk is necessary before backing up.

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Bottom line for businesses

Home and small businesses will very much appreciate Easeus Todo Backup's no-nonsense, cost-free approach to backup solutions. For anyone needing a fairly straightforward backup solution, one that won't require attending a seminar to understand, Todo Backup is the perfect marriage between features and simplicity. And the cost is right on.

User rating

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24 comments
willworknow
willworknow

Used it for a migration to dissimilar hardware...WORKED. There was an issue with permissions...BUT "Paul" (I assume he is Chinese...woooohooo!!!!!) TOTALLY fixed the issue. It was complex and he did it in 3 emails.

macktoomer
macktoomer

I have used Easeus backup and recommend it to my clients along with the Easeus Partition Recovery and Disk Copy software. Works great. Simple to use. I have imaged and restored to similar hardware as well as cloned a drive and installed in similar hardware (2 legally owned Dells, Dell to Dell). I use the image module to create images of my clients drives of new pc's or after system recoverys. Have used Partition Recovery app to create additional partition to add Win 8 Consumer Ed to a Vista Bus pc. Works on both sides.

Norloom
Norloom

Do not use this software unless you back up your important data on cd's or by using another utility. I backed up about 80gb of precious data, pictures, videos and documents accumulated over the years, I backed almost all of it on cd's too just in case something would go wrong, and indeed it went wrong! I am trying to restore the backed up files and a message shows up saying: "Tb service not running" during the restore process. Google it and you will see other people with the same error message but none of them got an answer publicly. Maybe they got support in private, indeed why wouldn't they post the solution? I am waiting for support and will update my post here. And for all of you that say "it is a free software", "what do you expect?", I say that this company like many out there, make a lot of business by offering a freeware, it is a great way to get paid upgrades; the least they could do is to be honest about their products by warning you of such failures clearly and not hiding it in a fine print nobody reads. There are many freewares out there that do state that very clearly, it is one of the first messages you see during installation. Very disappointed!

drwain
drwain

I have taken both (2) System Backups and a File & Partition Backup and neither will restore or recover at all. EaseUs support - after asking the obvious questions and stating to try things again - comes down to 'Sorry for the inconvenience'. Look through their forum and you find this quote many many times. Do not trust your data with this product. When you need it it will fail you.

tom
tom

If I'm reading their website correctly, Easus Todo Backup Home Freeware is free for home use, Todo Backup Professional is $29.99 for home use. All versions for business are not free. Of course, you can cheat and use the freeware one in your business, but at the beginning of the article the question is "Is it possible that a free backup solution is good enough for home and small business use?"

serloren
serloren

I found pretty much the same strengths and weaknesses described in the review - which makes it less than what I need for my purposes, but a good solution for home users.

lordnacho
lordnacho

Would anyone consider this a viable (or even recommended) alternative to Windows Server Backup for Windows Server 2008 R2? We've been having issues with the utility completely clearing out the external HD and only saving one back up at a time even with plenty of room left on the drive...

koladwd
koladwd

Have been using Easeus Todo Backup for my systems and folders backup and have never been let down before. It performs much better than some expensive tools in similar category.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

The old Norton Ghost version. The others are spotty in performance. I don't know how many emails I have had with the Acronis people to iron out issues with their software. I have resorted to DriveXML and using Bart most of the time.

joseph.r.piazza
joseph.r.piazza

I am sorry, forget my comment.....I only use EASEUS for changing partition.. I confused it with Macrium Reflect...which is still a great product.

joseph.r.piazza
joseph.r.piazza

I need to know is EASEUS ToDo Backup the replacement for EASEUS Partition Master which is a great "free" imaging program......no need for Ghost or Acronis. Only problem with partition master is spanning multiple DVDs...It has problems reading from the multiple DVDs I back up the image to. I was told partition master was the original partition magic from Norton.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What do you think of Easeus Todo Backup? Does it work well? Do you prefer a different application?

bkapelas
bkapelas

Having gone thru Ghost, Acronis (horrible), and a few others, I wanted just two clicks, " 1.copy or image this and 2.put it here" Easus is a pleasure. Mounting and bootable restore are icing on the cake.

glnz
glnz

Can I use EaseUS ToDo Backup to change the hard drive in a laptop? The existing hard drive is too small and I want to install a bigger one. But how to put a mirror image of the original hard drive on the new one? Can I use EaseUS ToDo Backup to make an image of the original hard drive on a big external drive and then somehow get that image onto the new (clean) hard drive? Does the big external drive have to be "bootable" to the laptop? (And the image would only be in a folder on the big external drive which already has other folders, so how could I make the contents of that image folder "bootable" to the laptop?) How would I manage that? Are there step-by-step instructions anywhere? Never done it before. THANKS to all. PS If I get this to work and put an image of the original hard drive on the new, larger hard drive, won't the image be "telling" the laptop that the drive is still small? Will the laptop sense that it's actually a bigger drive now even though the image thinks its the old hard drive?

Jackmagurn
Jackmagurn

Is this to prevent copying corrupt files?

ArtShapiro
ArtShapiro

For a backup solution to be realistic for most users, it has to have a daily/weekly/??? scheduling capacity and must manage the storage space transparently to the user. This means keeping some number of backups or eliminating older backups as the available space decreases to some reasonable value. Does this product satisfy those criteria?

glnz
glnz

Does Easeus Todo Backup have a scheduling feature? Could I set it and forget it, esp. for my partner's laptop, to get automatic incremental backups of data files every night?

stan
stan

What do you expect for nothing... your money back? Enjoy what it does, use task scheduling, or use a different product, but please don't knock a free and useful product.

strong2011
strong2011

Glnz, i want to tell you one thing. No matter which way you want to use, please remember to reboot your computer after finish a cloning and make sure this cloning is successful. May you good luck!

strong2011
strong2011

Glnz, yes, when i upgraded my HD, i inserted the new one and let the old one at its original place, and then do my clone directly, later boot from the new HD. Can't your PC insert two HD? Must you use the three-point turn way? Theoretically speaking, your way that using the external drive as the source disk can be ok. But i can't be sure about that. I really think you should ask the easeus support team to make sure your idea.You can ask them if the external drive can work as the third medium. But in my opinion, upgrading disk is not so complicated. Hope you can find your answer quickly.

glnz
glnz

Strong - Thanks for taking time to advise. Question: Before you cloned, did you insert your new clean HD into your PC as a second HD (with the old one still in place), so that the clone was direct old HD to new HD, with no step in between? Or did you do a three-point turn like my description above, with something else holding the clone for a few minutes? To all: Maybe I misunderstand the disk-clone process. Please confirm whether the following is correct: In order to do a disk clone, one MUST FIRST make a bootable CD. Then, to make the clone or to copy the clone onto the new clean HD, one boots ONLY off the bootable CD, and the bootable CD contains the Easus backup-clone function as well as some rudimentary OS for turning the PC on. Is that correct? If I am correct, then please confirm that I CAN use my terabyte external drive to hold the clone and then to be the source to copy the clone onto the new HD. Please confirm that the bootable CD will be good enough to read from the old HD, write the clone to the external drive, then read from the external drive and write to the newly installed empty HD. Thanks.

strong2011
strong2011

Dear glnz, i am very sorry that i can't give you the best answer. Before i upgraded the disk, i just bought a new HD and did as the steps on the link which i gave you. So i didn't think about your problems. I recommend you to contact easeus todo backup support team: http://forum.easeus.com/viewforum.php?f=14 They always answer the questions quickly and effectively. I believe they can give you the best answer and solution. May you good luck!

glnz
glnz

Dear Strong - thanks for link. But please take a look at my original post above and let me know your thoughts. Never did it before, so my idea was - (1) Attach my existing terabyte external drive to the laptop by USB. (2) Clone the laptop's existing HD onto a new folder in the terabyte external drive, including the hidden Dell partition. (3) Open laptop, remove old source HD, and put new, larger, empty HD into the laptop. (4) Somehow turn on the laptop and copy the clone of the old hard drive from the terabyte external drive onto the new, larger, empty HD in the laptop. (5) Disconnect the external terabyte drive, reboot the laptop, confirm that the new HD is working, and confirm that the laptop recognizes that everything is same as before EXCEPT that it can see that the new HD is much bigger than the old HD. Your link seems to anticipate that there is no external drive, but that the new HD is inserted in or attached to the laptop and takes the first clone directly. So I cannot do it my way? If not, since there is no room in the laptop to insert two HD's, how do I clone directly from the existing HD in the laptop to the new HD outside the laptop? If I can do it my way, will I be able to clone the hidden Dell partition as part of Step 2? Also, how do I get step (4) to work? The new HD is empty, so the laptop needs to boot off the clone FOLDER in the external drive. Is that possible? Or do I need to make a bootable CD as yet an additional step? Just to get the laptop going, not booting from the clone of the old HD on the external drive?

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