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Creating a Backup Image Using EaseUS Todo Free

A free tool that’s easy to use.

Microsoft is removing image-backup capability from Windows. We'll make an image backup using a free third-party alternative.
EaseUS Todo
EaseUS Todo. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Microsoft is pulling the plug on the built-in image backup tool (known as the “Windows 7 Backup” tool in Windows 10 & 11) and recommends you use third-party tools instead.1

This doesn’t break my heart, as I was never a fan of the tool. However, I had long hoped that they would improve rather than remove the feature.

EaseUS Todo is a backup program whose free edition is superior to Windows’ built-in tool. I’ll show you how to use it to create an image backup.

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TL;DR:

Using EaseUS Todo to create a backup image

After installing the free version of EaseUS Todo, creating a backup image is as easy as clicking on Create Backup, selecting to perform a disk backup, choosing your external drive as a destination, and clicking on Backup Now. The result is easy to examine and can be used to restore individual files or the entire hard disk.

EaseUS Todo

Download EaseUS Todo from their website. (As always, I strongly recommend avoiding “download sites” and getting software directly from the manufacturer whenever possible.)

There are three things to note about the download and install.

First, you will repeatedly be offered the opportunity to choose their retail product or a trial version of their retail product. These products are not free. They’re also not needed for what I’m about to show you. You can upgrade to one of their paid offerings later if you like.

Be very careful to make sure you choose the truly free version of EaseUS Todo.

Second, you will be asked for an email address. It’s possible to download without entering one, but I have no complaints with EaseUS email, and you can always unsubscribe later. They do frequently offer discount codes for their retail product, so if you think you might be purchasing at some point in the future, it’s worth getting on their list.

Finally, like most free software, be on the watch for PUPs. EaseUS does not hide the additional software offered with Todo, but it is selected by default. Be sure to deselect it during the installation process.

Creating an image

Run EaseUS Todo, and on its main screen (shown above), click on Create Backup.

The next screen asks what you want to back up. Click on Disk.

EaseUS Todo Create Backup: backup type selection.
Selecting backup type on EaseUS Todo. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

What they refer to as a “disk backup” is an image backup, which will back up everything on the disk we select. The other options — File, OS, and Apps data — all back up subsets of what’s on the disk.

The next screen is where we choose which disk to back up.

EaseUS Todo: Disk Selection
EaseUS Todo: disk selection. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

In the example above, there are two disks on this machine:

  • Hard disk 0: This disk has four partitions, one of which is “C: (NTFS)”. This partition is the system partition. The disk containing the system partition, plus all the other partitions on that disk, are what we want to back up.
  • Hard disk 1: This disk has two partitions. It’s simply another disk, and not the disk we plan to back up. It’s the external disk to which we will back up.

Make sure that the checkbox in front of the disk containing your system partition is checked — “Hard disk 0” in the example above — and that all other disks — “Hard disk 1” for example — are not selected. All the partitions within the disk you select will be automatically selected as well.

EaseUS Todo: Disks selected for backup.
Disks selected for backup. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Click OK. The next screen asks us to select the backup destination.

EaseUS Todo: Select Destination.
Selecting backup destination. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

In the example above, EaseUS Todo has pre-selected the correct destination for my example machine: “E:\My Backups”, an external drive onto which EaseUS Todo will place the backup.

If EaseUS guesses correctly for you, you can click on Backup Now, if you like, to begin the backup. To choose a different destination, click on the “Select the destination” image.

EaseUS Todo: Backup destination types.
Selecting a backup destination type. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

There are several options. Click on Local Drive to back up to an external hard drive.

This will open a location selection page.

EaseUS Todo: Backup destination picker.
Picking a backup destination. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Use this to select the external hard drive on which you want your backup placed. (Using the folder “My Backups” is optional, but is the default for EaseUS Todo.)

In the example above, I’ve navigated to the location I want the backups placed: “E:\My Backups”.

Click OK, and you’ll return to the prior screen.

If you like, you can click on Options to examine a few additional settings, but it’s not required.

Once you’re ready, click Backup Now, and the backup will begin.

EaseUS Todo: Backup underway.
EaseUS Todo backup underway. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Naturally, this takes some time. Exactly how long depends on the speed of your system, the speed of your hard disks, the amount of data to be backed up, and more. I will point out that EaseUS Todo’s “Estimated time remaining” indicator is notoriously inaccurate.

Your backup image

Eventually, the backup completes. Open Windows File Explorer and navigate to your previously selected destination, and you should find a “Disk 0”2 folder:

EaseUS Todo: My Backups contents.
EaseUS Todo backups contents. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Double-click on Disk 0 to open the list of backups.

EaseUS Todo: Backups of disk 0.
EaseUS Todo backup of disk 0. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Note that the backup is listed as being a “Folder” by Windows File Explorer. This means you can navigate the contents of the backup image in order to either confirm what you expect has been backed up or to copy and restore specific files from within the backup.

Do this

Stop using the Windows built-in image backup. It’s going away, and it’s no longer supported by Microsoft.

Instead, use a free tool like EaseUS Todo to create image backups to protect your data as well as prepare to recover from hardware and other types of failure.

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2: Or Disk 1, Disk 2, or whichever disk you selected to back up.

81 comments on “Creating a Backup Image Using EaseUS Todo Free”

  1. Hi Ask Leo

    I have just finished reading how to create a backup image with EaseUs Todo that I found very informative ( I have been using
    Windows 7 backup for 8 years.) Can you explain how to restore the Image backup after one has been made.
    Thank you Maggie.

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    • Maggie,
      Leo has a book pdf document Backing Up in Windows 10. It is a minimum cost doc that he included chapters on using EaseUS Todo to 1) create an emergency disk (probably to a USB) for restoring a disk image backup and 2) do an image restore. You can (if you haven’t) create an account at Ask Leo and purchase it through your account. It has good detail, and you also can google articles on how to change the boot order under Windows 10 which will have to be changed to use the USB emergency disk USB) unless you have already done this. Hope this helps.
      Dave Sparkman

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  2. Hi,
    As always, an excellent helpful presentation. I note that Sector by Sector has not been activated. Do you recommend activating it for a Disk Partition Back up? & if you do, what function does it actually undertake?
    Thanks & Regards, Alan.

    Reply
    • In previous articles, Leo has recommended a system image backup over a sector by sector backup (AKA clone). A system image has everything you need to restore your system and takes up much less apace as it only copies data necessary for restoring your system, and it compresses the data.

      A sector by sector backup would be useful if you wanted to be able to swap in the backup copy instead of performing a system restore. That wouldn’t be practical if you use an external drive. You’d need to back up to something like a hard drive in a USB enclosure for that.

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  3. Leo,
    Great article as always.
    I been using MacriumReflect free edition as you recommend and now I see other application EaseUs Todo.
    My question to you is, do you still recommend MacriumReflet?
    Thank you in advanced
    Robert

    Reply
    • Leo hasn’t dropped his recommendation for Macrium Reflect. EaseUS Todo is an additional recommendation, because it allows incremental backups with the free edition.
      Leo’s response to a similar question:
      “They each have strengths and weaknesses but overall I consider them roughly equivalent. I have seen each fail on some machines so I generally choose whichever one works.”

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  4. Howdy Leo!

    My main gripe is that you have to provide an e-mail address just to be able to download the free version. Is there a way around this, or am I stuck?

    If not, I can always continue with Macrium, even though *that* can get hairy, especially when it decides to do two different things on two laptops that are as much alike as can be (same brand, model, RAM, HD, video and almost the same serial number) and only the same folders are backed up on each. ;>

    Thanks!

    Michael

    (Yes, I know that I am whining about a free product, but my e-mail address is pretty important to me and I don’t want the hassle of, maybe, having to delete message after message of “upgrade” offers, or marking some as spam, or some other such thing(s). And no, I really don’t want to go thru the hassle of getting a “throw-away” e-mail address, either – I would consider that a slam against them(!) (and me).)

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    • Providing an email address is perfectly legitimate, and should not be a concern for any good business, such as EaseUS Todo. Asking for the email address does two important things:

      1. It is a great tool for websites to rule out spam. Very often a site asks for an email, and then requires the owner to verify that they own the email. This makes sure only real people are requesting the service, and it eliminates bots.
      2. It gives the legitimate business a way to communicate with you. If you are using their free service then that’s not too much to ask. If it is some sort of software then it allows them to let you know when upgrades are available, or if there are any issues. A legitimate business will always provide a way for you to opt out of receiving emails, later, if you decide you don’t want that.

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    • It’s not a bad idea to use a separate email address for free offers. I opened one as a throwaway address years ago and I still haven’t had to ditch it for spam. It’s not an insult to the company. It’s my dedicated email account for free offers and newsletters. It also serves as an additional recovery email address for other accounts.

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    • a) EaseUS actually behaves properly. You can opt out later.
      b) nothing that says the email address has to be legit
      c) As Mark said, it’s also good practice to have a separate throw-away account for just this kind of thing.
      d) there’s no such thing as free. Providing an email is the price. If that’s not a price you’re willing to pay, that’s OK, and you might consider looking for a different product.

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  5. This is a variation on Alan’s note. I have a multi TB drive and have partitioned 30Gb of that to a “C” drive. It’s physically located at the front of the hard drive. I wish to create several images of the C drive to smaller (60 GB) hard drives. Can I specify the “C” partition to be backed up to the smaller drive with a sector by sector backup so the back up drives are usable as system drives?
    If not with EaseUS Todo, can Macrium Reflect or another backup program do it?

    Thanks

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  6. My version of Macrium has expired so looking for something a bit less costly. Been testing EaseUs but there is one thing I just can’t figure out. When I am backing up files I choose a destination such as “z:\backups\images” which is a NAS. When the process kicks off it adds my PC name to the path so instead of just dumping the backup to the images folder, it is now “z:\backups\images\pc_name”. This may not be a big issue when actually backing up files from my local machine but if I am backing up files from a different source that I have a mapped drive of, then it makes things a bit confusing (for example, NAS to NAS). Just wondering if someone else has ran into this issue and got around it, or if adding the pc name is hard coded and it is what it is?

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  7. I want to replace the 10 GB IDE hard disk in an OLD laptop, which is running Windows XP. The new hard disk is an 80GB IDE drive. I have a (one only!) USB to IDE cable (with external power) to connect the new drive to the old laptop for disk cloning.

    I have tried to install the free version of EaseUS Backup on the old laptop, but it won’t “initialize” when I try to run it. I will try to uninstall the re-install the software, but it still may not work. The laptop may be just too slow and too short on memory to run the software.

    Alternatively, I might be able to do a “Two Step” disk backup and restore procedure as follows:
    1. Install the EaseUS software on my desktop PC. (A much newer and more powerful computer with a 1 TB hard drive).
    2. Remove the 10 GB drive from the old laptop, and connect it to my desktop with the USB-to-IDE cable.
    3. Make a backup image of the old laptop drive as described in your article, and save it as a file on my desktop PC.
    4. Disconnect the old drive from the desktop PC and connect the new 80 GB drive.
    5. “Restore” the backup image to the new drive.
    6. Install the new drive in the old laptop.

    Do you see any problem with doing a two step disk backup and restore as described above?

    Any advice will be appreciated.

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    • It’d be the approach I would attempt. Be sure to check and possibly resize the partition to take advantage of the full 80GB once the restore is complete.

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  8. Results of trying the “two-step” process I described in my previous comment, above.

    Everything worked fine until I installed the new hard drive into the ‘old’ laptop. It then became apparent that the ‘Master Boot Record’ had not been copied onto the new drive during the backup and restore. As a result, the old laptop wouldn’t boot. I’m sure that there are ways to load the boot record(s) onto a new hard disk in Windows XP, but I couldn’t get the ones I found on the internet to work. (I’m sure it was my fault, somehow.)

    So, I went back and reinstalled a free version of EaseUS Backup on my ‘old’ laptop. (Actually I installed an old version of Easus Backup that I had downloaded several years ago to try out, not the newest and latest version available on their website today). This older version installed properly on my ‘old’ laptop, and then I simply cloned the old drive to the new drive. The new drive booted and worked fine after the cloning.

    And, as you mentioned, I had to ‘extend’ the partition on the new drive to make the extra space on the drive usable. I used “diskpart.exe” to do this from the command prompt.

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  9. I am running Windows 10 Pro on a HP Envy Phoenix desktop. I would like to move everything (files, programs, etc) to a new desktop. How do I do that?
    NOTE: When I bought my desktop it was running Windows 8. How do I get rid of all traces of Windows 8 when I migrate to the new desktop?

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    • The best way is to:

      • Take an image backup of your existing machine
      • Install Windows 10 on your new machine
      • Install the applications you use on your new machine from their original downloads or media
      • Copy over your data from your backup image, or from other more convenient sources

      There’s simply no way to copy everything “except” the operating system — it’s too embedded in everything.

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  10. I have used Acronis True Image for many years and I have seen many improvements over time. I now consider their product to be the gold standard for backup systems I have also used their technical support system, both by chat and by telephone. In recent years I have experienced excellent support from them.

    I use Acronis to back up three different computers; two Windows machines and one iMac. I used the free unlimited cloud backup plus backing up to local backup hard drives. In the last year, the free unlimited cloud backup was terminated, and I had to switch to a paid plan. I looked at many other cloud services, but in the end, their price was competitive and the ease of use unmatched. So I now subscribe with a 4TB limit that is sufficient for all three computers. The price is very reasonable.

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  11. Hi Leo, 1st, your instructions were to the point and easy to follow, however, I believe a Critical piece of information ℹ️ was overlooked. It’s simple to do. You might want to mention that the software will always select “F://My Backup (replace drive designator, etc., with your designation)” which will cause the previous backup to be overwritten unless you intervene. I for example, prior to starting my backup create a new folder something like “F://My Backup 2… ” thereby allowing for a second standalone backup to be created without stepping on the original. The remainder of this caution is easilly finalized so I’ll stop here.
    Thank you.

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  12. A few questions. I’ve just bought a new laptop Dell windows 10 64bit home. I haven’t started it yet, as I want to know the best way I should back up/clone/image the drive.
    1. It has a 1TB m.2 ssd drive installed. Should I go out and buy another 1TB m.2 SSD remove the SSD from laptop and hook both drives into another computer (via a USB to m.2 cables) and clone the drives before I even start running the laptop? This way I can just pop in the new drive fresh like the day I bought it.
    2. I read somewhere (can’t seem to find it) EasUS Todo backup free is now a trial version which afterwards won’t have the clone option. I think it mentioned the last available version of EasUS Todo Backup free no trial version that has the clone option was version 12.0? Can you verify that?
    3. Should I first turn on the laptop and set everything up and use the windows 10 backup setup (ie use the suggested (at least) 16GB thumb drive. Then download all the windows 10 updates, and after that either clone the drive to a 500GB m.2 SSD or just image the drive incrementally to some external hard drive say a 5TB external HD to hold all my images and incremental images?
    I’ve heard when you clone a drive for backup, to switch and continue to use the cloned drive for reasons to see if it actually works – you would hate to clone a drive then one day run into a problem and your cloned drive doesn’t work.

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    • You don’t need “clone”. Making an image backup is sufficient. Either EaseUS Todo or Macrium Reflect will do. I tend to do minimal setup of Windows, and install the backup utility at that point. It’s possible, but probably overkill, to create rescue media on another computer using the backup tool of your choice, then boot the new machine from that media and create a backup image of the hard disk before you ever use it. In all cases backing up an image to an external drive is fine.

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    • 1. If you take a system image backup, restoring from it will restore it to the state it was in when you backed up it up. If you really want a clone instead of a system image backup, you can place the extra SSD into a USB drive housing or adapter and clone it. If you want it to be exactly in the state it was in out of the box, you can create a rescue disc on another computer using Macrium Reflect or Easeus Todo, boot from that disc, and select the clone option. This is overkill and unnecessary as cloning with a backup program installed should be just as useful.
      Can I create a true factory fresh image without even the initial customizations?
      2. Easeus Todo free continues to work and continues to create clones. If you install the trial version, the extra paid features stop working but the program will continue to work.
      3.That’s probably overkill.

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      • Ok, thanks for the answers. I thought it might have been a bit overkill. I think I will do the windows 10 backup, then use easus todo for the image backup of my system after I’ve done an initial setup, and then one after all the updates have been added.
        Now it seems more people are using Macrium reflect than easeus todo. Is there one you would suggest over the other? The only difference I’ve read is Macriums interface is a little more difficult.

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        • The feature set is slightly different in the free versions — Macrium doesn’t do incremental (only full and differential), and EaseUS doesn’t do dynamic disks. Each also has a couple of other limitations in their free versions.

          Easeus version comparison: https://www.easeus.com/support/todo-backup/edition-comparison.html
          Macrium version comparison: https://www.macrium.com/product-comparison

          EaseUS is from China, Macrium’s out of the UK. That matters to some.

          Macrium feels a little more professional, EaseUS is less expensive to purchase.

          I’m equally happy with either.

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          • 1 – I would be worried about information gathering scripts. Is it possible these scripts would avoid detection? This is why I would likely stick with macrium.
            Now I did install Aomei which also like Easus from the same place. So I uninstalled it, but before I could uninstall it asked me why – so obviously sending information back to Aomei about why I’m uninstalling, then it asked me to restart to complete the uninstall process (which is normal) and when I did so I go some blue screen with a bunch of text that flashed (not normal) and then started .. normally? So scary stuff, I really don’t like it when I don’t know exactly what software is doing behind the scenes. Aomei software looks great, and so does Easus .. just not sure what’s going on behind the scenes. Everybody says they’re safe but I’m not so sure. Macium looks like the winner.
            2 – Easus todo free 10.6 looks like it’s not available anymore (someone had an issue mounting images when they upgraded to 11- so he went back to 10.6 and it worked like a charm) but it looks like they’ve gone back and updated all their old software to trial versions. I can’t believe it, is this true?

          • As for the dangers of using Chinese software, I can’t guarantee they don’t include spyware but I’m willing to take the risk. EaseUS and Aoemi are both large companies and if it were discovered they were installing spyware, it would put them out of business in a day.

  13. I am not fluent in computer ins and outs, but I do want to protect against a potential HDD crash. If I experience a crash due to a drive failure I will have to replace the drive, but it will not be an exact replacement. Chances are it will be an SSD with a smaller capacity. Do I not have to clone in order to move everything including the OS to the new drive and expect it to function immediately without entering the pesky Win10 license key along with other software keys?

    I ask because the EaseUS free version specifically states it does not include a clone feature.

    Thanks in advance…

    Reply
    • Restoring from a system image backup will produce the same system as restoring from a clone. Clones are useless for most people. The only advantage of a clone that I can think of is that you can swap the clone in for your system drive and start working right away. This would be practical in some situations where you’d have to be back up and running quickly.

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  14. I have used Easus Todo in the past with my computer and customer computers and found that
    60% of the time the backup failed. I found that a simple program for beginners and experts is
    AOEMI Backupper (free version) simple to use and it also checked the backup.

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    • We tested Aomei Backupper along with EaseUS Todo and a couple others and found Aomei Backupper and EaeseUS Todo nearly identical. They both worked well. EaseUS Todo was a little more intuitive, the English prompts were more clear, and the name Backupper tipped the scales. ;-)

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  15. Hi Leo,
    I have taken your advice and installed the free version of EaseUS ToDo. I have been a Macrium Reflect Free user for many, many years.

    I ran into a problem creating a Rescue Disk on a USB thumb drive. I then used EaseUS chat feature to find out why. During the chat, their agent told me something at odds with your statement in this article.

    You state, under the heading: (The Number One Question), this: “As you’ve seen above, you can just navigate through it to find and recover specific files you might want. In addition, you can restore the entire image.”

    The agent told me the free version could back up but not restore an image of the OS. Here is a cut & paste from the agent in the chat “Support engineer2. The free version can do OS backup, but only paid version can restore this OS backup image.”

    Can you reach out to EaseUS to verify?
    Just imagine what will happen when people try to recover their crashed PC, when all they use is the free version (which does not say you can’t restore the OS image with it). What a huge oversight on EaseUS side.

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  16. Hi Leo;

    Nitpicking as usual;

    – “getting software directly from the manufacturer whenever possible” and do not forget to screen with virus total;
    – I am still using Macrium free and so far I see no reason to change;
    – beware – both Macrium and Todo often run into difficulty restoring partitions that are not separated by free space, in which case the restore may fail. Been there, done that. The mess can be solved but the trouble is definitely not welcome;
    – the remedy is primitively simple yet not mentioned anywhere – use any partition program you like to put some space between the partitions you routinely make images of.

    Hang in there and the best wishes

    Tom

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  17. When does the free “Reflect” shut down? I’m still using it. Also, can the other free programs restore from a Macrium image?

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    • It won’t “shut down”. It’s just no longer available for download, and will no longer be updated. Someday, I expect, it’ll no longer support the current operating system or some such, but until then it’ll keep working.
      No only images are in a proprietary format.

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  18. Thanks for the excellent article. I will likely continue using Macrium Reflect Free. I’m assuming that the current free version will not stop working. I see that EaseUS Todo allows me to create a rescue disc (otherwise it would be kinda pointless) but the one feature I really like about Macrium is the ability to create a boot option to boot right into the recovery image without having to plug in a USB stick.

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  19. hi Leo,
    i`m not the kind of person who needs to back up everything i do on my desktop every day. i have a Lenovo ideacenter with windows 11 pre installed. all i need is to be able to reinstall my os should i lose it somehow, like ransomware or the like. the days of the clean reinstall disks are over. is it possible to just back up win 11 OS, or must i back up everything, everyday as you describe in the article?

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  20. I tried this new backup program. You said there are PUPs that you can download but you did not say how. I didn’t find anything that stops the download of PUPs.

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  21. I have started to use EaseUS Todo on my main machine (Lenovo Desktop) since you recommended it last month and everything seems to work fine set up to run incrementally daily with a totally new full BU after 5 iterations of incremental.
    (NOTE: I haven’t tried to restore anything yet, but I have been to look at files created).

    Ironically, I logged into my backup machine (Toshiba Laptop) for the 1st time in a long time last night and I found that I had been using the same programme for a few years now, although obviously not many backups had been done because I don’t use it very often as it has “slowness” issues!!!

    My question is regarding the output; which is a “.pbd” file which I assume is proprietary.
    Is there a similar backup programme that backs up to a more universal output e.g. “.zip”, so that if the software disappears for whatever reason; the backups are still accessible?

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    • As long as you keep a copy of the backup program that created the backup (the rescue disc is ideal for that), the program won’t disappear.
      For example, Macrium Reflect free is no longer being offered, but the last version is still available on third party download pages.
      See Oldster’s May 23, 2023 comment on this page.

      Be careful with third party download sites> Major Geeks is trustworthy, but no all are.

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  22. Hi Mark,
    Thank you for pointing that out. I thought it was rather strange that the free version could not restore. I did an Internet search and find no mention of it.
    I wonder if the EaseUS engineer was trying to scare me into buying the paid edition.
    Either that or that engineer needs a bit of retraining on his product.
    I will try Aomei Backupper.

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  23. I used to use EaseUS Todo. For years it worked fine, it was easy to use, and when I contacted customer service with a question they responded quickly. What’s not to like?

    But I began to have concerns along about the time the Chinese app TikTok began to be questioned by the Federal and various state governments.

    Hmm . . . What about my privacy? What about the omniscient Beijing government potentially having access to everything on my computer? If our governments don’t trust the PRC, should I?

    Call me paranoid, but I’m glad I sneaked in under the wire for a free version of Macrium.

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    • It’s not an uncommon concern, particularly after all the kerfuffle about TikTok. Personally I think that it’s all quite overblown, and that we’re already at risk from the various other products we use, including those based domestically.

      I just told someone else today that to the best of my knowledge there’s been no evidence of any wrongdoing, and that I’m fine using the product. But I also fully recognize that not all feel as I do. Macrium’s based in the UK, so that’s a fine alternative. Glad you were able to snag the free version before it disappeared.

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    • Don’t take this as advice, but I’m more worried about my own government spying on me than China ;-), and according to Snowden, that worry is justified. We live in a surveillance society and are constantly being watched, but life still goes on.

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  24. I’ve tried to use this for several years, having purchased the version 1.0 “Ask Leo” book. I do a monthly full and attempt to do a daily incremental to be retained for 30 days. But no matter what I do, my incrementals are full backups. I’ve searched for a solution but haven’t found it. Incremental is optioned but when I look at it on the backup drive, it indicates full and the file size supports that. So I’ve abandoned that and do a full backup weekly and sooner if I have something in particular I want to capture. BUT would prefer to use it as initially recommended in Leo’s guide.

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        • Don’t have a great answer for you. All I can surmise is that Incremental is not actually selected (I know you said it was, but perhaps there’s a misunderstanding somehow). I’m also assuming you’re backing up a “normal” partition (say, your C: drive), or the hard disk containing such a partition, and that you don’t have any kind of “clone” option selected. I’ve used it with incremental with no problems.

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  25. Yesterday, I posted a link to MajorGeeks.com where you can download the Macrium Reflect Free edition using the name ‘Oldster’, but it seems to have disappeared/been removed.

    You can get it by searching for ‘Macrium Reflect Free edition’ on the Internet using your web browser if you want to get it, but remember that you will not receive any updates or patches because it is no longer supported by Macrium.

    After reading this item, I downloaded Ease-US Todo and gave it a spin. My primary complaint is that on my system, the font size is way too small for me to read easily, and I was unable to find a way to increase it in the app. Next, after creating a full image backup, I tried to create a rescue disk, but every option offered wanted me to upgrade to a paid version claiming that WinPE did not support the required functionality for that method. I deleted it and it’s backup folder. I will continue to use Macrium until I find a batter option. I have used AOMEI Backupper in the past, and I may give it another try soon. I like to experiment (with good recovery options available) :).

    YMMV,

    Ernie

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  26. Hi Ask Leo

    I just finished reading how to create a backup image with EaseUs Todo (using a disc) but, if my computer doesn’t have a disc drive, then will a USB Stick be sufficient?

    Paul

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  27. When downloading EaseUS Todo, a Windows Security notification appeared saying “Part of this app has been blocked. EaseUS Todo Backup Application has tried to load WMIC.exe which doesn’t meet the security requirements of Smart App Control.” I ran the program anyway and the backup seems to have been successfully created. I contacted EaseUS support and they said try reinstalling the program. I haven’t done that as the backup seems to be good. I have had other instances of Windows 11 22H2 SmartAppControl blocking software installs due to problems with unsigned drivers. I don’t know whether to be happy or disgruntled about this.

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  28. Thanks for this article (even if I’ve read it a few years later). Ask Leo! is good value stuff I always read and value.
    I’ve downloaded and installed EaseUS Todo and run a first backup. The problem now is how do I run a differential or incremental backup? When I reopen the program to do this there seems to be no obvious way to do this. The black boxes marked System Backup would presumably start new full backups. So, how do I start and choose an incremental or differential backup? Thanks.

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  29. Curious – with as mush as you promote Macrium Reflect (and I’m a paid user of it), why not recommend their product for creating ISO file? Seems just as easy and doesn’t require loading another app (from China), that’s going to bug you to upgrade incessantly?

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  30. One question for you Leo (and/or team). When I back up my computer do I need at least the same size of external storage to put it on, or larger or does it compress the data until restored? If so, by about how much smaller…or larger is it than the original? Thanks in advance.

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    • EaseUS Todo and Macrium Reflect compress their backups and don’t copy empty space from the system drive, so the backups tend to be a little smaller, requiring approximately 2/3 as much space as the occupied space on the system drive. Your mileage may vary.
      I’d still recommend an external drive much larger than the occupied space because of incrementals and retained older backup sets.

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