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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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25 comments
SierraSkier
SierraSkier

This software has two major flaws.  By default this is set to format your destination hard drive, if you are not careful you can easily erase your drive.

This software cannot handle large raster file types and has corrupted GIS files of mine.  The company states that data integrity is not guaranteed and they don't view it as a problem.

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?

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