THIS is one resolution you MUST keep. And, to make it a snap to stick with this resolution – featured elsewhere in this post, you’ll find an updated review of arguably the best free (and dead easy to run), backup app around – EASEUS Todo Backup 4.
Here’s why I’d like to push you in that direction. Let’s start with a quote from my good buddy Dave Brooks, an A+ certified professional computer technician, and a popular guest writer here on Tech Thoughts:
“You don’t need to know how a PC works to use it, just like your car, if you have problems you visit a mechanic, you don’t need to know how it does what it does.
One thing you DO need to know is – you MUST back up your computer if you have anything of even remote value to you on it.”
Dave knows what he’s talking about. After fifteen years in the industry, Dave knows, that at some point, your computer will suffer system, or hardware failure.
What are you going to do then – if you don’t have a current (and tested) backup of your critical data, system/device drivers (something many of us forget), and user operating system settings?
Most important of all – how are you going to recover your irreplaceable data; documents, digital photos, email messages, personal and business related work, and important private data?
So backups are important – critically important. Despite the critical importance of Hard Drive backups, most computer technicians (including Dave), will tell you; typically, computer users’ do not backup their irreplaceable data.
If you should suffer catastrophic Hard Drive failure and you are one of the few, out of the ordinary, computer users who regularly and faithfully backup, you will have work ahead of you, but you will recover. But without a plan, your data becomes a hostage to fortune. Your Hard Drive might be damaged by malware – it might not. Your Hard Drive might fail – it might not. But why take the risk?
If you don’t yet have a backup plan, it’s time you thought seriously about developing one. Make developing and implementing a backup strategy, a New Years resolution you intend to keep.
The effort involved in learning how to protect your data, by developing and implementing a backup plan in today’s computing age, is minimal. Much easier than it was, even as little as two or three years ago.
The best backup strategy includes imaging your Hard Drives and partitions, since that allows you to restore your important data, your complete operating system, as well as your installed applications, user settings, etc.
There are loads of free applications out in the wild blue that, used properly and regularly, will speed to the rescue. One of the best free program, that I have no difficulty recommending, is EASEUS Todo Backup.
Free EASEUS Todo Backup 4 – Easy Backup For The Rest Of Us
This is a brilliant application that will allow you to backup, recover your backups, image your Hard Drives, clone your Hard Drives, and a host of additional features. All of this, in a “follow the bouncing ball” simple, user interface. If there’s an easier way to backup critical data, I have yet to find it.
The user interface has been designed so that a user with minimum computing experience, should have no difficulty.
The following screen captures illustrate the simple process of backing up a particular folder.
In this case, I choose the task name, selected the folder to be backed up, selected the backup media/location, and …..
Recovery, is point and click simple.
Additional functions and features are available under the “Tools” menu.
For example – you’ll have the option of creating a system boot disk. You should do so.
System Backup and Recovery – One-click system backup. Backs up entire system state including the operating system and installed applications on-the-fly without interrupting your work to get the system up in time after crash.
Restore System to Dissimilar Hardware – The feature of “recover to dissimilar hardware” can simplify system migration with restoring system to dissimilar hardware configuration for hardware replacement under WinPE recovery environment.
File and Folder Backup – Backs up specified files, network shared files, files in use, folders or file types in case of virus attack, hard disk failure, or deletion by accident, etc.
Disk & partition Backup – Full backup disk(s)/partition(s), dynamic volume(s), or GPT disk(s)/volume(s) to image. It ensures PC security and instant data recovery in case of any data loss.
Incremental/Differential Backup – Provide alternatives to perform full backups each time by offering incremental backup and differential backup. To capture changes with saving time & disk space.
Backup Schedule – To run backup automatically at a predefined time. By scheduling a backup task, your system and important data can be backed up now, daily, weekly, monthly.
Network Data Protection – Easy way to full backup network data, including network shared files on NAS and Windows, with full backup, incremental backup, differential backup and schedule backup, etc.
Disk Clone Tool – Clone or transfer all the data on a hard disk to another. Clone disk is especially useful to upgrade your hard drive to a new one without reinstalling operating systems and applications.
Full list of features here.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Win 7 (32 and 64 bit).
Download at: EASEUS
If you’re looking for a free application to handle all of your backup needs, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in EASEUS Todo Backup. Give it a try.
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10 responses to “One More New Year’s Resolution – I Will Learn To Backup My PC”
Hello Bill, this looks like a very good backup. I have been using backup software for years, must be over ten years. I think I will try it I have been useing Norton Ghost for a long time and I kinda got used to it.
Good one. This app has a very solid rep – well deserved.
Easeus seems like a good program and the price is even better. Unfortunately, I know so many people who just don’t even consider a backup plan, it’s scary.
There are so many good programs out there for backing up, the problem is getting people to take that whole step seriously. It’s like dying, “That always happens to someone else” theory.
Over the years, I have tried tons of backup programs but always seem to come back to Acronis, it has saved me so many times, It’s like an old friend you can count on being there.
Thanks for a great article
I’ll buy your “death” analogy – losing data, like irreplaceable family pics, can feel as if there’s been a death. Sadly, I’ve seen it far too often.
Again, I’ll buy into your “staying with a familiar product.” Makes perfect sense.
A very timely reminder, thank you. I’ve been using Macrium Reflect, which I get on ok with. I’m sure I’ve used Easeus ToDo in the past, probably on a recommendation from you. Might be time to revisit it.
You and I know, sticking with what you know works, beats the hell out of the try this/try, this method. Me? I’d stick with Macrium.
I may be missing something, but I have to disagree. I’m constantly striving to find better solutions, it’s what motivates me to follow your blog and it’s surely what drives open-source software. Nothing stands still, particularly with technology. I will stick with what I [i]think[/i] works until something better comes along. Someone we both know once said “if it ain’t broke, improve it”. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Yes, I see your point, but I don’t agree entirely.
Too frequently, “improved” products are released which, in point of fact, are not an improvement. Less than 50% of the “new and improved” applications I test, ever make it into an article. Issues like poor memory management, increased resource usage, stability issues, bloated coding ……… are often passed over in favour of a marginal increase in functionality.
I certainly agree – if something better comes along I’ll jump at it.
It’s past 2 AM – just finished a project for a company out of Romania – and, I’m bushed.
Good night my friend.
“Less than 50% of the “new and improved” applications I test, ever make it into an article.”.
Exactly right and that’s why I said it is what motivates me to follow your blog. I treat “improved” software with huge cynicism unless you recommend it. I know you to be honest, experienced, qualified and with no axe to grind. If anyone can point me in the direction of someone else who ticks all those boxes, I’ll be happy to hear from them.
Hope your beauty sleep worked btw :).
What a nice comment to wake up to. 🙂