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Duplicati is free, open source, and works with a whole bunch of protocols to make backing up computers via the web easy. It uses a web-based interface that can be accessed from any location, so managing and restoring backups is dead simple (at least that’s the design).
It also helps that Duplicati is available for Windows, macOS, and a variety of Linux builds.
If web backups are what you need Duplicati is definitely worth checking out.
2. EaseUS Todo
One of the best features of the free version is its cloud backup support, which uses your existing DropBox, One Drive, or Google Drive storage to keep those important files stored safely in the cloud. If you’re going that route you may need to pay for extra cloud storage space or only back up certain directories in order to save space.
3. Genie9 Timeline Free
The free version of Genie9 Timeline is, like other free versions of premium products, not designed for large-scale business backups. In this case Genie9 Timeline Free is about backing up an individual machine, but what makes it stand out is its simplicity.
Genie9 describes Timeline Free as “set and forget” backup software, and the interface reflects that. It has a two-click setup–select the drive to store the backup on, then select the data to backup–and then it just does its thing in the background.
Bonus: There’s an iOS app for keeping an eye on your backup status.
Genie also has a free cloud backup tool for the enterprise called Zoolz, but don’t expect to get much out of it unless you’re a very small business. It only offers 10GB of free online backup space, two user profiles, and one server profile–if that’s enough for you Zoolz might be worth checking out.
Another open source solution, BackupPC calls itself a “high-performance, enterprise-grade system” all while being completely free.
BackupPC is able to save disk space by not saving duplicates of identical files from multiple PCs, eliminating a lot of redundancy. Don’t let its simplistic website fool you–BackupPC is capable of more than it looks to be.
5. Iperius Backup
Iperius is a workhorse of a backup system that’s perfect for enterprise rollouts. Unfortunately, you won’t be getting access to all of its features with the free version, which is only designed to back up a single workstation.
That said, there are still plenty of great features in the free version of Iperius, but be wary of its limitations in the enterprise. From Iperius’ site:
“Iperius Backup Free has some limitations that should be evaluated when using the software at the enterprise level. First, the freeware version cannot be installed as a service and cannot make file synchronization (deletion from the destinations of the files that no longer exist in the source folders). Finally, it hasn’t all the advanced backup types available in the commercial editions: Tape backup (DAT, LTO, etc..), backup to Cloud (OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive), remote backup FTP, backup of databases and Drive Image backup (disaster recovery).”
Veeam offers backup and recovery software to fit lots of different needs, and luckily quite a few of them are free.
Virtual machines, Windows computers, Linux machines, and even MS Azure setups can be backed up and restored with free tools from Veeam. If you have a lot of stuff you need to protect Veeam’s products are worth checking out.
7. Uranium Backup Free
Uranium Backup’s free version is designed for the individual user, but it’s still a solid free product. It can back up files and drives while maintaining NTFS permissions, schedule backups, and even send email notifications when backup jobs are complete.
Those features might not sound special, but it is a free product that Uranium says is suitable for commercial use, so check it out.
Another open source platform that’s fully free, UrBackup works with most OSes, monitors folders for changes in real time, eliminates redundant data, and can even back up mobile devices via the internet.
It’s really full featured for being completely free, so if you want to get an enterprise-level platform and are okay with the quirks that come with open source software, UrBackup is worth a try.
Bacula is an open source client/server backup suite that’s been around for 17 years. Its makers claim over 2 million downloads since 2002, which would make it the most downloaded open source backup platform on the market.
It supports swappable tape backup and barcode reading, allowing for backups to be moved off site. That makes it a pretty powerful system, all while still being completely free to download and run.
10. Amanda Network Backup
Amanda is another open source product, and it’s just as capable as Bacula and other enterprise-level backup platforms. It uses a native Windows client and native utilities like dump and GNU tar to operate, so compatibility with other platforms shouldn’t be a problem.
Note: Amanda itself doesn’t have a GUI. The included screenshot is from the enterprise version of Zmanda, a GUI made to interface with Amanda.
- Power checklist: Managing backups (Tech Pro Research)
- Top 5 ways to back up your data (TechRepublic)
- Cloud sync vs backup: Which disaster recovery works better for business continuity? (ZDNet)
- Data backups: A cheat sheet for professionals (TechRepublic)
- Best practices to back up your data (TechRepublic)