We all have gigabytes (GB) of data scattered all over our electronic devices, and especially our laptops, desktops, and servers (if you’re at that level), and protecting that data is always a priority and we are always being told to backup, backup, backup or if you’re at the level where you’re responsible for safeguarding the data, then you need to backup, backup, backup.
There are many programs out there that can provide you with the ability to backup your data and depending on the cost and feature set of those programs, you are provided with many options to significantly protect your data. I have always found that a system-level backup (both system and boot partitions) or a clone of a hard disk is the most effective means of backing up your data. However, the level of backup that you may require depends completely at what “user level” you’re at. The catch however is the better the program at securing your data, the more expensive the price tag.
I wanted to find a program that would offer the best of both worlds, allow me the ability to backup my data at the lowest level (system or clone), while at an affordable and attractive price. One such program is AOMEI Backupper, from AOMEI Technology – very weird name, I can’t even pronounce it. AOMEI Backupper is a free backup utility that allows you the ability to do three (3) types of backup. With AOMEI Backupper, you can perform a System, Disk, Partition and Volume backup all from within its easy to use interface.
A system backup refers to back up of all the system files and boot files within your computer system. By backing up both the system and boot files you ensure that you backup all the configuration information critical to the proper working of your computer. This will hopefully ensure the proper working of your OS when you restore it and would allow you to bring your computer back to its most recent configured state.
A disk backup will secure all the data, the operating system and programs on your computer into one image file, which can be used for disk restoration when it is necessary. The types of disk backup include MBR (<2TB)/GPT (>2TB) disk, External disk, or a hardware RAID (redundant array of independent disks).
A partition backup allows the data on the partition to be packaged into an image file.
I won’t go into too much more detail, but suffice to say that this program is FREE and offers all the standard backup features, including incremental and differential backups, encryption, rescue disks, etc. The program also allows for hard drive cloning which I found to be rather impressive. I have given this program a once over and have done a basic backup and restore procedure and am rather pleased with the results. The simple interface makes it usable by the most technologically challenged and a delight for the most advanced amongst us. AOMEI offers other products that would should meet the needs of any computer user.
I believe that AOMEI Backupper is a worthwhile backup utility that should be considered within your bag of utilities and is well worth a try. Go ahead and download the program and give it a try and let me know what you think.
If you are already using a backup utility that provides the same functionality and price tag, please let me know so I can have a look.