With the ever growing updates from Windows, it is a necessity more than a contingency plan to have backup software at hand.
The main question eliminated by this backup software is “what if my data gets lost in this update”?
Not only updates but also virus, malware and adware pose serious threats that will eventually lead to a reboot.
During reboot there have been instances when the hard disk data gets wiped off without any chances of recovery.
All these lead us in one direction – a reliable backup software to take care of the situation.
In this article, the best ever back software are lined up so that the user can choose the one that would suit the requirements.
The following software are listed in no particular order as the tag “best” is subjective to individual eyes.
Though a premium software, the Ashampoo backup pro is worth every penny spent.
Backup is a complicated and power hungry process which could sometimes lead to freezing of computer operations and even worse, data loss.
The Ashampoo Backup pro has a pause option to halt the process whenever the process takes up too much system resources.
Like any backup software would do, the Ashampoo backup Pro backs up folders, single files and entire hard disk.
In addition to that, the Ashampoo backup pro also takes care of e-mail reports and bookmarks.
- Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista
Comodo is undoubtedly the first software that comes up to a user’s mind when it comes to back up data. It is a free software and the fan favourite.
It can back up registry files, email accounts and even up to the depth of Instant messaging records. Even entire disks can be backed up.
The formats available to store the backed up data are CBU, ISO or the conventional ZIP.
The newer versions like v4 have a scheduling feature to automatically trigger the backup process as once in few minutes or when idle.
Data that is backed up can be stored in the internal or external hard disks, a compatible disk, network folder or even sent to someone through a mail.
- Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
3. Backup Maker
As the name clearly states, it is a very simple backup software that does the job without any fuss and breaking a sweat.
Like the Comodo, the backup can be scheduled to run on selected days or time or even actions like log on/off.
The primary attraction with Backup maker is the horde of options to customize the backup process for the user to play with.
One feature that many users will love about this software is the conditional backing up i.e,. the backup process will be triggered automatically if a file of a particular type is found new.
Other good features include the hot key assigning to back up without having to open the entire interface.
Encryption is also taken care of in the Backup maker.
The only backup software which took the term privacy a bit seriously is CrashPlan.
What is the use if someone unauthorized backs up a user’s data to their storage device?
The CrashPlan can be password protected to prevent such misuse.
The user can set a maximum speed at which the speed of transfer of data is taking place.
One drawback is that the back up data can only be stored in internal or external hard disks and with some technical knowledge, to a computer that is not even in the same network as the parent computer.
- Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Server 2008 R2/2012/2012 R2
- OS X 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9
Yadis! Is a freeware and its features are on par with other cheap premium software that claim to backup data.
Though the scheduling options are limited to either automatically or manually, almost other features are unchanged as in other software.
Yadis! Can detect if any other new file has been added or removed and backup data can be changed accordingly to the pre-set orders given by the users.
The user even has the liberty to include or exclude a file type in the backup process.
Quite a fancy name and the user interface do not disappoint either. It is sleek and no nonsense type interface.
No unnecessary options to confuse the user is one aspect that is too appealing.
The Imperius web console is one more reason to have it right away that could centralize the back up process and can be remotely accessed anywhere.
The compression rate and quality can be switched. Most liked option is the “shut down after backup” option for those who hate staring at the screen for too long.
- XP, Vista, 7, 8, Windows 10 – 2003, 2008, Server 2012, Server 2016 / 32-64 bit
This Genie could grant only one type of wish though and that is creating back ups.
Nothing too flashy is present except the Turbo mode and Smart mode which is nothing but an option to toggle between low and high backup speed at the cost of system resources.
- Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP
Many users who feel too many options are a time waste will definitely stick with this software.
The home page greets the user with just 3 options:
- Create image
- Restore image
- Clone drives
- Windows 7/Vista/XP/NT/2000
Except for the compression level and the option to encrypt the data is available in the premium version and the rest of the features like ISO format backup forming is available in the free version itself.
A good thing about this software is that it is open source.
- Windows XP or higher
10. XX Clone
For those who think the backup and encryption are too much of a fuss, the XX clone is there for the rescue.
The backup speed is adjustable and all it does is simply copy data from parent destination and note that there is no restore option.
11. Nero Backitup
A name not so uncommon should have made it earlier in the list but due to its limitations like no compression, backup encryption and scheduled backup has forced the software down the list and making it the last sought after software in this list.
Nero could have done it better but the software is very stable and never crashed even when tested with large amounts of data (Terra bytes of data).
A pure text only Hollywood hacker style interface is not so heart-warming.
Still it finds its way to this list because of its ability to be used from outside the windows Operating system.
The user interface is a sight that you would want to get out of your memory but still it does its job without any haggles.
- Windows Vista/XP/2000/NT
Above are the 12 windows backup software to help you recover your PC from any damage caused by harmful viruses,trojans or any other malware.
So, Choose the backup software carefully as per your needs. Some of them are paid while some are free.