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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. This score makes up 30% of the CHOICE Expert Rating.
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Restore performance is the average time taken to restore our disk image using the rescue disk environment. This score makes up 30% of the CHOICE Expert Rating.
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Ease of use score
This score is weighted at 35% for backup ease of use, 33% for restore ease of use, and 32% for rescue media ease of use. The ease of use score makes up 30% of the CHOICE Expert Rating.
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Customer support score
This score makes up 10% of the CHOICE Expert Rating.
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Whole disk image
This will duplicate all of the files and folders on your computer to to an exact replica 'image' file.
Back up to network
Saving the backup set to a network location such as a NAS (network attached storage) drive.
Also called real-time backup, this saves every change made to your files as they happen, keeping the backup files continuously up to date.
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.
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.
This lets you create an exact replica – or 'clone' – of one drive to another drive, without the need for a disk image.
Sector by sector backup
Backs up all sectors on a disk, whether they contain data or not.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Backup score
- Restore score
- Ease of use score
- Support score
- Good points
- Tester comments
- Bad points
- Version tested
- PCs supported
- Subscription required
- Free version available
- Free trial offered
- Full backup
- Incremental backup
- Differential backup
- Continuous backup
- File and folder sync
- Whole disk image
- Partition image
- System image
- Disk clone
- Other backup types
- 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
- Tutorials available
- Built-in manual or help files