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Computer backup software reviews

Last updated: 19 March 2020

Without a complete system backup, you're putting your PC at serious risk of losing important files. We lab test and review the latest computer backup software to help you find the best one for you. Our buying guide will help explain the features to look for.

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Our test covers the popular computer backup programs for Windows 10 PCs.

Our expert testers give every software a thorough workout to help find the products that:

  • are the easiest to use when backing up and restoring
  • are the easiest to use during disaster recovery
  • offer different back-up methods (full, incremental and differential)
  • support cloud storage.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which programs include useful features such as disk imaging, encryption, network backup and file/folder specific backup. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which products come out on top.

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    Price as of January 2020 in Australian dollars; some prices may differ depending on the exchange rate.

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    Backup score

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    Backup performance is the average time taken to perform a disk image using the default settings for compression and backup type. Backup4All score is based on a full backup that was not inclusive of system folders. Comprises 30% of the overall score.

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    Restore score

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    Restore performance is the average time taken to restore our disk image using the rescue disk environment. Backup4All score is based on a full backup that was not inclusive of system folders. Comprises 30% of the overall score.

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    Ease of use score

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    Ease of use score is weighted at 35 per cent for backup ease of use, 33 per cent for restore ease of use, and 32 per cent for rescue media ease of use. Comprises 30% of the overall score.

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    Customer support score

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    Comprises 10% of the overall score.

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    • Backup score
    • Restore score
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    • Brand
    • Model
    • Price
    • Version tested
    • PCs supported
    • Subscription required
    • Free version available
    • Free trial offered
    • Upgrades
    • Full backup
    • Incremental backup
    • Differential backup
    • Continuous backup
    • File and folder sync
    • Whole disk image
    • Partition image
    • System image
    • Disk clone
    • Other backup types
    • Encryption
    • AES-256 encoding
    • Scheduling options
    • Rescue media creation (USB stick)
    • Rescue media creation (CD/DVD)
    • Back up to network
    • Restore partition image
    • Restore whole disk image
    • Restore individual files and folders
    • Able to mount disk partition images
    • Universal restore
    • Restore to new/blank drive
    • Used sector backup
    • Sector by sector backup
    • Cloud backup capacity
    • Online knowledgebase
    • Email alert
    • Live chat
    • FAQ
    • Forum
    • Tutorials available
    • Built-in manual or help files
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