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Last updated: 10 May 2017

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 PC, including the default options included with Windows 10.

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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Prices paid February 2017 in Australian dollars. Windows 10 backup tools are included with the operating system.

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Whole disk image

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This will duplicate all of the files and folders on your computer to to an exact replica 'image' file.

Back up to network

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Saving the backup set to a network location such as a NAS (network attached storage) drive.

Continuous backup

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Also called real-time backup, this saves every change made to your files as they happen, keeping the backup files continuously up to date.

Incremental backup

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This backs up files that have changed or been added since the previous backup, while leaving unchanged files untouched. It requires less time and space than doing a full backup each time, and also gives you the option to roll back to earlier versions of files, but takes longer to do a full restore than with a differential backup.

Differential backup

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This duplicates all files since the full backup, with the differential backup file growing each time. It takes longer than an incremental backup but a full restore only requires the full backup plus the differential backup file.

Disk clone

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This lets you create an exact replica - or 'clone' - of one drive to another drive.

Used sector backup

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Only backs up disk sectors that contain data.

Sector by sector backup

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Backs up all sectors on a disk, whether they contain data or not

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