EaseUS ToDo Backup Home Review.

By on May 6, 2013 10:47:25 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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EaseUS has asked me to review their software, and there are some free licenses for Forums viewers and commenters.

To start, EaseUS is a well recognized firm. It provides freeware for ToDo Backup Home only, with limited features, and trialware (full featured). The payware is priced at about 50% of software like Acronis. Also, there are different versions with various additional features. These can be viewed and compared here (scroll to mid page):

http://www.easeus.com/backup/

For just the features of the Home version, I arranged their spread sheet a bit.

ToDo Backup 5.8 Home:

New Features and Improvements:

“New features

Support to create Emergency disk with Windows ADK in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Now the Mail Subject and Sender Display Name are customizable in Notification

Outlook backup image can be opened in Windows Explorer with EaseUS Todo Backup installed

Improvements

Fixed VSS incompatibility issue with other backup software

Fixed ask for reactivation after disk replaced” – per User Guide

Pros:

Has many features.

It is very usable as a free alternative to payware backup products. The same for the payware Home version. It has a good User Manual which really should be read and understood before use.

There is a “Snapshot” mode. This is a fast, but not fully stable image. It is useful (fast) mode to use before installing say, new software. It is not meant for longer term backups.

It will clone and also do sector by sector backup which is a disk image, but the sector by sector takes a long time (it will with payware also).

Supports email backup (see the table above).

 

Cons:

It isn’t clear whether you are cloning or creating a disk image. If you are not creating a sector by sector backup, then you are cloning. If you choose to do a sector by sector backup (disk image), you should first do a chkdsk /f /r . This will require a reboot. More on this later.

It does not support recovery to dissimilar hardware. This is present in other EaseUS backup software.

It does not support full dynamic volume backup/restore/clone.

A good deal of care has to be exercised when setting up the software for use. You must read the User Manual to get maximum benefit from the software.

 

If you’re fussy about speed, you should (before imaging your disk) get rid of software you don’t use, clean the registry, do a few online viral/malware scans (I’ve got links to them in other articles I’ve written), get rid of duped .dll files, and defrag your HDD and registry. Then do the disk image.

OSs supported are in the table above. You can read about ToDo Backup Home and other software on the EaseUS website: http://www.easeus.com/

In summary, is it worth $29.00? That’s up to you to decide, but I think it is. An alternative strategy is getting other payware and updating every 2 years, or by waiting for holiday deals. It’s up to you to decide which features you need for your system by weighing the full table at the link above.

 

As I mentioned at the outset, for reviewing this software, EaseUS has agreed to supply a limited number of licenses. It will be on a “first come first serve” basis.

Here’s how to get one:

Supply me (via Private Message (pm) your name and email address. I won’t keep or use/misuse them in any way except to forward to EaseUS. Your download and licensing info will come from EaseUS, not me.

I will notify those whose names/email info I’m submitting to EaseUS by pm.

I will also notify when request submission is over on this post.

Be sure to check your email as well as your spam/junk folder for email from EaseUS.

I take no responsibility for any data lost/damaged, etc. by any software I review, and my helping with the licenses is without financial consideration by/for members or EaseUS. I’m only doing it as part of my volunteer job here at WC. I'm not a professional software reviewer, so bear that in mind.

If you have backup tools, exercise due caution and make a backup before installing this (or any other software, for that matter).

You should read other (relevant) reviews of EaseUS ToDo Backup 5.8.0.0 build 20130321.

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May 6, 2013 10:59:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have the Workstation version of EaseUs To Do and I use it daily! It has saved my bacon several times.

In the trials and tribulations of dual booting 7 and 8 on 2 seperate SSDs and having one SSD go bad, well, I could go on.

 

But this software is my favorite. Even better than Acronis, IMO. YMMV.

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May 6, 2013 3:28:15 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

I have been using the Server edition of this software for years.  Best feature-set for the cost.

 

For home and workstation complete image setups I like to use silent-run scripts with a nifty little utility I found many years ago (www.drivesnapshot.de).   I've got things set to take the image in the background while the user keeps computing in the foreground.  Works great and the user isn't 'bothered' by the backup process in the least.

 

Of course for those averse to the command-line (drive snapshot does have a minimal gui which I never use), ToDo Backup Home is definitely a fantastic option.

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May 6, 2013 3:34:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I use the EaseUS ToDo Backup Free version and it is very easy to use.  

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May 6, 2013 3:40:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting the_Monk,
For home and workstation complete image setups I like to use silent-run scripts with a nifty little utility I found many years ago (www.drivesnapshot.de). I've got things set to take the image in the background while the user keeps computing in the foreground. Works great and the user isn't 'bothered' by the backup process in the least.

I get this with workstation with no additional software/script. It runs every morning at 7 and doesn't hinder my using the PC while it runs.

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May 6, 2013 4:00:14 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,


I get this with workstation with no additional software/script. It runs every morning at 7 and doesn't hinder my using the PC while it runs.

 

I should have clarified I guess.  The 'scripts' I use, perform other tasks besides backup.  DriveSnapshot is a tiny .exe (no installation required) that only requires a simple one-line command to take the image silently and deposit it where selected etc.

Also, over the years I have found (for my uses) the backup process itself of DriveSnapshot to be faster/more efficient than other products I've tested/used.

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May 6, 2013 5:36:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

the_Monk: DriveSnapshot gives a "snapshot" or disk image (stable backup drive image)?

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May 6, 2013 5:43:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Snapshot is available in EaseUs Workstation, but you can't restore an image backup with Snapshot enabled.

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May 6, 2013 7:12:29 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

the_Monk: DriveSnapshot gives a "snapshot" or disk image (stable backup drive image)?

 

DriveSnapshot takes a complete image of your drive.  I have used it for years to clone/restore systems (even to dissimilar hardware) etc.  The only thing it requires is that the destination partition be at least as large as the source partition.  If you create a snapshot floppy (or in my case USB bootstick) with the program it loads (selectively) additional USB drivers for external USB drives, Networking drivers (so you can restore the image from the network) and NTFS drivers.   The snapshot .exe can also check to make your destination partition bootable (if it is not already) and correct some other minor boot issues it may detect.

I can't tell you how many times I've been thankful to have this smart little util in my 'techie-toolbox'......over the years.  

 

What I love about this little .exe file is that it can be used as a 'one-off' by techies......or as someone's (even in corp environments for 100's of workstations) method of regular backup.  It is so flexible and handy and the guy who makes it is excellent at supporting it.

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May 6, 2013 7:15:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds great. The image is sector by sector...should a chkdsk /f /r be run first to verify integrity of the sectors (as well as defragging, etc.)?

 

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May 6, 2013 7:20:03 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

Sounds great. The image is sector by sector...should a chkdsk /f /r be run first to verify integrity of the sectors (as well as defragging, etc.)?

 

 

Neither is necessary (I personally have never performed a chkdsk or defrag) before taking/restoring images and I've been using this program since 2002.

 

 

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So say I use windows task manager to run this tiny tiny .exe (uses less than 10MB RAM while running) to backup a workstation nightly (even if the workstation is locked or logged-off) to an internal NAS or FTP server you can have each new backup be full or differential.  You can choose to 'explore' the contents of a saved image (without the need to restore it first) like mounting an .ISO file etc. if you just need one (or a few select) file(s) restored (then copy/paste the selected files from 'drive' to 'drive').

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May 6, 2013 7:25:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

OK, I'm confused. Is this used on it's own, or in conjunction with EaseUs?

 

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May 6, 2013 7:28:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

OK, I'm confused. Is this used on it's own, or in conjunction with EaseUs?

 

 

It has nothing to do with EaseUs.  Sorry for the confusion........

 

www.drivesnapshot.de   (I had the link in my first reply but it is somewhat buried.....)

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May 6, 2013 11:33:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I've used other tools from EaseUS over the years, all of which have been excellent.  Never tried this app though.  Would you say it's target audience is the Power User or IT professional?

Most of the Data Backup software (for consumers) I've seen lately typically targets only the Microsoft Libraries (Docs, Pics, etc) often missing critical information stored in non-standard locations.  Doesn't appear to be the case here.  I'm actually concerned it may be too technical for a savvy layperson.  Thinking of some clients that might otherwise be interested in this.

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May 6, 2013 11:53:05 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

Well DriveSnapshot does come with a pretty simple/straight-forward GUI but to really get the most out of it (in order to backup on a schedule, perform incremental backups or restore to dissimilar hardware, to use it to backup/restore RAID systems etc.) one would need to be comfortable using the command-line / task scheduler so I suppose the 'target audience' would be an (by today's standards) advanced user.  The author does have most simple tasks outlined on his website though (in an easy to follow instruction-set).

If the objective was to simply take a complete backup image, store it someplace and then access it later (mount the image later as say drive Z: and restore some files) one could easily do so via the GUI interface.  The other more advanced tasks the program is capable of probably do make its 'target audience' the IT professional who would have the knowledge to leverage DriveSnapshot to its full potential......but then isn't that exactly what 'clients' hire IT professionals to do? 

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May 7, 2013 5:15:20 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I've had he work station for some time now ever since Doc made his post on it. Works like a charm.

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