8 Best Commercial Backup Software Programs

Backing up your important files, or perhaps your entire hard drive is one of the most valuable maintenance tasks you could possibly do on your computer. With your data backed up, a hard drive crash or accidental deletion won't be nearly as painful.

Backup software makes backing up your data automatic—a must-have feature of any successful backup plan. Here is a list of some of the most popular commercial backup software titles available:

Important: Be sure to look at this free backup software list before paying for any of the backup tools listed below. Better yet, check out this online backup services list for cloud backup solutions, an arguably better way to back up your important data.

Note: I use the term commercial to indicate that the backup program costs something, not that it's necessarily a better choice than free backup programs in a business setting.

Acronis True Image 2017 Box
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Acronis True Image 2017, like the other popular backup software programs profiled here, is a complete backup solution for your home computer.

You're able to back up the files of your choice or make a complete image backup of your whole PC, saving it to places like an FTP server or external hard drive.

A huge number of advanced, unique features are supported including AES-256 data encryption, previewing files, Facebook backup and recovery to a different account, email notification of completed backups, mounting backups as regular disks, 5 GB of free online storage for a year, a hard drive eraser tool, mobile browsing of your backed up data, sandbox mode, a PC cloning utility, real-time ransomware protection, file verification, and much more.

At the time of writing, Acronis True Image 2017 is priced at $49.99 USD and is available for all major Windows versions, including Windows 10 and Windows 8 as well as macOS.

This price is for backing up from a single computer, but there's also an option for backing up 3 or 5 computers, both of which are listed at a higher price.

Discounts are sometimes available, so be sure to check the Acronis website. More »

AOMEI Backupper Professional box
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AOMEI Backupper Professional is a full-featured backup program that can backup various types of data. Simple file/folder backup is supported as well as disk cloning, partition backup, and whole disk backup.

An easy restore wizard is included in AOMEI Backupper Professional, in addition to the ability to compress a backup, split a backup into smaller pieces, and even backup files that are currently being used, among other features.

There's also a free version of this software called AOMEI Backupper Standard that can also be used in a commercial setting, though it lacks some of the features of the professional version.

At the time of writing, AOMEI Backupper Professional is priced at $39.95 and is compatible with Windows 10 down to Windows XP. It can be used on up to two computers at this price.

If you need to use AOMEI Backupper Professional with additional computers, you can pay more for backing up four or six PCs.

Note: The $39.95 price is without lifetime free upgrades, which is another $10. More »

EaseUS Todo Backup Home Box
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EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a nice choice for a backup program. It not only backs up files and folders, like documents and mail, but also entire disks, partitions, and even Android devices.

It's easy to use because of the built-in wizard that walks you through the steps of creating a backup job. It also supports standard features like compression and email notifications, among others, which aren't included in the free version.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is also great for migrating your OS to a new hard drive and cloning data between disks that use different sector sizes.

At the time of writing, EaseUS Todo Backup Home is priced at $29.00 USD per year for one computer and works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. 

Much like the other backup software from this list, EaseUS Todo Backup Home can back up more than one computer if you're willing to pay extra. Plus, it's almost a dollar cheaper per month if you go with the two-year payment option instead. More »

Genie Backup Manager Home 9 Box
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Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 is yet another excellent choice for your home backup needs. Like other backup programs, you can backup your entire system, certain files, and folders, or even certain types of files like music, pictures, etc. - whatever is important to you.

Backup and restore wizards make it easy to keep your data safe and restore it after an emergency. Compression capabilities, email notifications, online backup options, and preconfigured backup sets make Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 an excellent value-priced choice for advanced users.

At the time of writing, Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 is priced at $49.95 USD and works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

Discounts are available if you buy more than one license at once, which permits backups from more than one computer. More »

O&O DiskImage 10 Professional Box
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O&O DiskImage 11 Professional makes it easy to backup everything from single files to whole hard drives, even the one that Windows is installed on.

Among other features is support for encryption, the ability to restore data to hardware that differs from the source, and an easy to use wizard that compacts the O&O DiskImage 11 Professional program window to allow for extremely simple backup and restore functions.

At the time of writing, O&O DiskImage 11 Professional costs $49.95 USD and can be installed to Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.

The price goes up to $69.95 if you need to back up two or three computers. More »

Screenshot of NovaBACKUP Professional version 17
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Like some of these other backup programs, NovaBACKUP Professional can serve as disaster recovery software and backup hard drives, system partitions, and specific files and folders like movies and music.

A simple wizard is used to encrypt backups and choose the source/destination folder.

In addition to other features, NovaBACKUP Professional can enable virus scanning, send email notifications, and restore backup images to dissimilar hardware types and drive sizes.

At the time of writing, NovaBACKUP Professional is priced, per year, at $49.95 USD for backup from one computer. It works with all versions of Windows, from Windows 10 to XP. More »

Screenshot of the Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 box
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Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 (previously called Ocster Backup Pro) walks through a simple wizard to backup an entire hard drive, single files, and folders, email, or bookmarks to and from any local or network folder.

Among other features, file versioning and custom compression are supported, as well as encryption, email reports, restoring single files and folders, and automatic pausing if too many system resources are being taken up.

At the time of writing, the price for Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 is $39.99 USD. It works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP, as well as Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003.

A family license extension can be purchased as well, which is $9.99 USD and extends the backup license to five computers. More »

Screenshot of the Veritas System Recovery Desktop Edition logo
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Veritas System Recovery is a business-class disaster recovery tool but the price is competitive enough with other home-focused backup programs to be a solid choice.

If you want the complete backup package in one easy to use the program, Veritas System Recovery is an excellent choice.

Common features are supported, like AES encryption and offsite backup; and more advanced abilities are allowed as well, like restoring to dissimilar hardware and creating a backup image of an entire computer.

Veritas System Recovery is available for Windows and Linux. More »