The best backup software in 2017
We all know that we should backup our files. It’s all too easy to put off securing precious digital files and data, only to repent at leisure after a PC has crashed or a hard drive failed. The good news is that you’re in the right place.
Install one of these backup utilities and save copies of important photos and music files either to a separate hard drive or to the cloud. You will never regret the outlay: it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
If you’re unsure what backing up your hard drive entails, read our tutorials on how to back-up files with SyncBack Free and how to back up your digital photos online for free. But rest assured that any of the products we review here will do the job for you, and most will explain how.
Acronis True Image
- RRP: From £29.99, From US$39.99
Powerful, feature-rich and easy to use, Acronis True Image drive partitioning and backup software for Windows is a solid option.
You can pick and choose the files and folders you want to backup if you don’t need to back up the whole computer, and recovery options let you hand pick files if you don’t need to recover everything too.
Customisable backup plans let you choose how often you want to back up fully, and let you backup the most important files more regularly.
Plus, the backup will run in the background to make sure that you’re not disturbed while you’re working.
The backup features end-to-end encryption to keep it safe and secure, and you can search for backed up files both on your machine and in the cloud to recover them at any time and any place.
For 50GB of cloud storage, you’re looking at £29.99 per year, but if you have some extra cash to spare we’d recommend the 1TB option with free upgrades to new versions, premium support, local and cloud storage options and the additional bonus of Active Protection, Notary and ASign tools from Acronis for £69.99 per year.
Additional storage and additional computers are available to add to your package at an extra cost too.
You can find out more about Acronis and all of its features by clicking here.
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
- RRP: Free, Free
EaseUS Todo Backup Free is (as you may have guessed) a free backup service that offers step-by-step instructions to help you quickly and easily backup and recover your files.
You’ll be able to carry out a full system backup, or file-level backup if you’d prefer. There are also options that allow you to only back up changes made since the last backup to save time and space, and there’s a back-up scheduler that you can tailor to suit you.
You won’t get cloud storage space included in the free version of EaseUS Todo Backup, but you can backup to CD/DVD, local hard drive, external drive, iSCSI device or network destination, or a combination of them all.
You can find out more and download the software from the EaseUS website.
There’s also a paid ‘Home’ version of the application available for $29 (approximately £23). This adds the option to transfer to a different PC, event-based schedule backup, free technical support, Outlook backup and recovery and more.