EaseUS Todo Backup Free v11.5

A Full Review of EaseUS Todo Backup, a Free Backup Software Program

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EaseUS Todo Backup Free v11.

What We Like

  • Intuitive restore feature

  • Allows system partition backup

  • Includes very useful pre-os software

What We Don't Like

  • Missing a few common features

EaseUS Todo Backup is free backup software that supports automatically backing up the system drive, particular files and folders, and whole hard drives.

The restore function in EaseUS Todo Backup offers the easiest way to retrieve backed up files by mounting the backup image as a virtual hard drive.

This review is of EaseUS Todo Backup v11.5. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

EaseUS Todo Backup: Methods, Sources, & Destinations

The types of backup supported, as well as what on your computer can be selected for back up and where it can be backed up to, are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a backup software program. Here's that information for EaseUS Todo Backup:

Backup Methods

EaseUS Todo Backup Free methods

Full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are supported in EaseUS Todo Backup.

Backup Sources

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A backup can be created for entire hard drives, certain partitions, or files and folders.

EaseUS Todo Backup supports partition backups, including the one that Windows is installed on (the system partition). This can be done without rebooting the computer or using any external programs.

Backup Destinations

EaseUS Todo Backup Free destinations

Backups created with EaseUS Todo Backup build a single file in the PBD format that can be saved to a local hard drive, network folder, or external hard drive.

Cloud storage service is listed as a backup location as well, which lets you log in to your Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive account and back up your files there. Using this option turns EaseUS Todo Backup, plus your favorite cloud storage service, into an inexpensive online backup service.

More About EaseUS Todo Backup

  • EaseUS Todo Backup is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • Optionally split a backup into custom sizes for more manageable storage
  • Toggle how much processor power EaseUS Todo Backup is able to use, between normal or medium, to ensure performance isn't degraded too much while running backup jobs
  • Limit the transfer/write speed of a backup to a custom rate
  • Smart Backup is a feature that will monitor files for changes and perform automatic backups, letting you restore the data up to two weeks in the past
  • Backup images can be configured to remain for so-many days before being removed
  • Compressing a backup is supported, from normal compression up to high compression to save the most disk space
  • You can password protect a backup
  • Pre-OS can be enabled, which lets you use EaseUS Todo Backup before Windows starts without having to burn the program to a disc or use external media. This feature can be used to restore a disk/partition/system backup or to clone a hard drive or partition
  • A WinPE or Linux emergency disk can be built to boot into EaseUS Todo Backup if Pre-OS isn't enabled but you still need to restore or clone a disk
  • When backing up a hard drive or partition, you can choose to back up every sector, which includes both used and non-used space, to build an exact replica of the source
  • EaseUS Todo Backup can shut down the computer after a backup is finished running
  • When restoring a whole disk or partition backup, you're able to restore individual files instead of the whole hard drive
  • Automatically run missed backup jobs
  • Clone a disk or partition directly to another drive without first creating a backup image
  • Restore data to the original location easily or choose a custom one
  • A system can be cloned or restored directly to a USB drive to make a portable version of Windows
  • See the estimated time remaining for a backup to complete
  • You're able to enter a description for a backup plan so you can keep track of its purpose when referring to it later
  • When restoring data, EaesUS Todo Backup gives a timeline of the date and exact time of backups so you can easily pick a point in time in which to find a backed up file
  • Search or filter through a backup to find something specific to restore
  • Any backup (even system backups) can be mounted as a virtual drive in Windows, which lets you browse through it like a real hard drive to view and copy out data without any confusion at all
  • If you have a file backup, you can just double-click the backup file (the PBD file) to open it in EaseUS. What you see looks a lot like a regular folder in Explorer, so you can copy the backed up files out of the folder if you wish, but you have to have EaseUS Todo Backup installed in order to do this
  • Can calculate the required space a backup needs in the destination folder to ensure there's enough room before starting the job
  • When setting up a file backup with EaseUS Todo Backup you can choose specific folders and files or choose groups of files by their file type, like email, video, music, etc.
  • Can schedule to run a backup just once, on an interval throughout the day, or on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule
  • Supports scheduling a backup of the system partition
  • Prompts you if the destination for a backup has insufficient disk space to hold the files
  • The Logs section lets you browse, search, filter, and export successful and failed backup jobs
  • EaseUs Todo Backup serves as a data destruction tool since you can permanently delete all the files and folders on a drive
  • Program updates can optionally be performed automatically and in-place, meaning you don't have to revisit the download page to upgrade the software

Thoughts on EaseUS Todo Backup

There are a few features missing from EaseUS Todo Backup, but overall we think it's a very good program.

What We Like

The restore feature may very well be our favorite thing about EaseUS Todo Backup. Similar backup programs require you to view a backup from within the program, but being able to mount a backup like it's an actual drive in Windows makes it extremely easy and natural to browse through.

We appreciate that a system partition backup is included with EaseUS Todo Backup. The fact that you can run it on a schedule makes it just that much more beneficial.

Securing a backup should be a feature in any good backup program, and EaseUS Todo Backup supports this.

It's rare to see a backup program that lets you run the software before booting into Windows without using a disc or flash drive to run it, which is what the Pre-OS feature allows in EaseUS Todo Backup. This feature is very useful in the event your computer has been rendered unusable and you need to restore the system partition.

What We Don't Like

We don't like that email notifications, event-based backups, custom commands, offsite copying, and file exclusions are not supported.

While some of these options can be seen in the free EaseUS Todo Backup, they aren't actually functional unless you upgrade to the commercial version of the program, called EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

It's also too bad that the installer file is pretty large. At around 100 MB, it might take some time to download, and even a while to fully install.

On the download page, when asked which link to click for the download, be sure to select a blue link — red ones are for the trial version of a paid edition of the program. Choose Next > during setup to avoid getting a trial of the Home edition.