Backup is essential and you should have a backup solution in place. If, however, you do not, this guide is for you. This guide covers the top five free backup programs available, for Windows, to help protect your data.
Please note: Use of these solutions is not mutually exclusive–for example: you can use Ashampoo Burning Studio to back up your data locally and Mozy to back up your data online.
EASEUS Todo Backup
Todo Backup is simple: it backs up your data, restores it when you need it, and takes system images to help you recover from a system crash. Todo Backup comes equipped with a backup wizard, which sets up your backups with ease. When you start the wizard, just select the drive, which has the data you want to back up:
Mozy Online Backup
By far my favorite solution for online backup is Mozy. Mozy offers free online storage (up to 2GB with paid options too.) I’ve had Mozy installed on my laptop for over two years and it has saved me on more than a handful of occasions.
Setup is simple and after downloading Mozy, you can specify what you want to back up and when. Mozy will automate your backups and let you decide when it backs up (specific times), what causes it to back up (low CPU usage), and how often (one, two, three etc. times a day.)
I just let Mozy run and it alerts me after a successful backup:
GFI Backup doesn’t do much that Windows Backup can’t do; however, the interface is very simple and user-friendly and the tool works well every time — with little hassle.
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free
Windows comes with a Backup and Restore tool that lets you back up your files to your hard drive, another hard drive, a USB thumb drive, CD, DVD, and across a network.
To back up your data:
1. Click the Start button, type Backup and click Backup and Restore.
2. Click Set up backup.
Follow this guide on Windows Backup (written for backing up over a network, but the steps are similar for all types of media.)
There you have it: my take on the best free backup solutions for Windows. What did I miss? Let us know in the comments.