EaseUS Todo Backup Free Review

EaseUS Todo Backup can take full system backups of your computer.  You can then restore your computer to the exact state it was in.  This review covers the free edition, which is one of the most popular free backup programs in the world.

EaseUS Todo Free splash screen

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Pros

  • Completely free
  • Full disk imaging can backup your entire computer
  • Can backup individual files and folders
  • Loaded with features

Cons

  • No encryption
  • Boot recovery doesn’t support some USB drives

The Bottom Line

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is great, full system backup software.

Installation

The installation is very easy.  It will state you can only use the software for non-commercial, personal use.  You’ll also specify the default backup folder (make sure it’s not on the same drive as your files to be backed up).

Backing Up

The interface is easy to use and well laid out.  New users will have no trouble getting started.

EaseUS Todo Free main screen

The main screen.

Clicking “System Backup,” you’ll choose the partition you want to back up.  This will most likely be your C: drive.  EaseUS Todo Backup Free will already have the default backup folder set as the destination.

EaseUS Todo Free selection

Choose which drive to back up.

Click Proceed, and in an hour or so you’ll have a working image of your hard drive.

If you just want to backup a few files or folders, EaseUS Todo Backup Free can do that, too.  On the main screen, click “Data backup” and you can choose individual files and folders.

Todo Backup Free supports many features, such as:

  • Scheduling backups

Restoring

In order to restore, you’ll need to create a bootable disk.  You can do this from within the software.

During my first review, EaseUS Todo Backup couldn’t locate my USB hard drive during recovery.  I found out this was because the bootable DVD didn’t have the correct USB driver for my hardware.  After contacting EaseUS they said the only solution would be to upgrade to Todo Backup Home edition, which supports creating a Win PE bootable disk and might have the correct drivers.

I eventually changed computers, which solved the problem.

So if you’re backing up to a USB drive, just be aware it might not be supported in the boot recovery mode.  Test it first and you’ll save yourself a headache.

The boot disk will let you choose to start EaseUS Todo Backup or continue booting Windows.  Once started, you’ll be given the option to recovery your data.

EaseUS Todo Free system recovery

Recovering my C: drive.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free restored my computer without any issues.

Features

Mount System Backups

System backups can be mounted, which can then be accessed like normal drives in Windows.

Disk/Partition Clone

EaseUS Todo Backup Free supports cloning your drives.  This is useful when you want to migrate your system to a new hard drive.

Enable PreOS

This will load EaseUS before Windows starts, giving you the option to use the software or continue booting Windows.  That way, you can perform recovery operations without the need for a separate recovery disk.  However, since it’s located on your C: drive it is still vulnerable to hard drive failures.  It is useful in situations when Windows is corrupted.

Support

EaseUS only provides free tech support for their paid software.  As such, EaseUS Todo Backup Free doesn’t qualify.

There is an online help manual.  There’s also a forum where users can ask for help from each other.

Summary

EaseUS Todo is one of the best freeware backup programs I’ve ever used.  I was blown away by the amount of features, which you don’t typically find in free software.

It’s easy to use, while still remaining powerful enough for even the toughest backup jobs.  If you’re looking for free, full disk imaging software for your hard drive, EaseUS is a great choice.

Specifications
Product Name EaseUS Todo Backup Free
Version 5.3
License Freeware
Price Free
Operating Systems Window
Backup Types
Files and Folders yes
Full Disk Image yes
Incremental yes
Differential no
Backup Destinations
Hard Drive yes
Removable Media yes
Network Shares yes
Blu-ray yes
CD/DVD yes
FTP no
SFTP no
Online Storage no
Features
Compression yes
Encryption no
Email Notifications yes
Error Handling yes
File Versioning yes
Priority Setting yes
Scheduling yes
Speed Limiting yes
Synchronization no
Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of BackupReview.com. He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.
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  • Darrell

    Hello. I am not sure where you got the rating for this, but this EaseUs ToDo Backup is really not that good. Here is how far I got…

    While installing, it asks for backup path, but no network path available for backups, even though I am sitting there accessing the NAS where I want backups to go through Windows Explorer. I mention that I am using Windows 8 on a modern machine and want to backup to my NAS.

    After installation (I left the default backup path just to get this thing installed, hoping I could change it later, which I could…), clicking System Backup comes up with error “0x127173FC, The type of partition or disk where operating system exists is not supported.”

    That error code is on their site, “Failed to install Pre-OS, because the simple volume that system partition or boot partition exists is not continuous.”

    So, I have no idea what the that means. At this point, I am uninstalling.

    If I have to fight to install this, heaven help me if I ever have to recover files with it.

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