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Backup Utilities

There are several categories of backup and restore utilities:

This list doesn't even attempt to be complete, as there are literally thousands and thousands of backup software titles available.

The limited space for the descriptions of these tools doesn't always do them justice, so check out the manufacturers' web sites for more details.

  Note:
Note: Always test backup software by performing a backup and restore, and comparing the restored files against the original ones.
Finding out you cannot restore your data after you lost it is bad timing, to say the least!
Do not rely on backup/restore products that you did not test in your own environment.
And do not rely on a single backup, nor a single backup strategy!

 

System recovery & migration / Image backups
System recovery & migration / Image backups
Product Programmer / Manufacturer Download Buy
Acronis Backup for VMWare Acronis
Acronis Backup for VMWare
Acronis
Acronis TrueImage Acronis
Acronis TrueImage
Acronis
CloneZilla NCHC Free Software Lab Free
CloneZilla
NCHC Free Software Lab
Free
DriveImage XML Runtime Software Free
DriveImage XML
Runtime Software
Free
Drive SnapShot Tom Ehlert Software
Drive SnapShot
Tom Ehlert Software
FOG (Free OpenSource Ghost) FOGProject.org Free
FOG (Free OpenSource Ghost)
FOGProject.org
Free
Image for Windows TeraByte Unlimited
Image for Windows
TeraByte Unlimited
Macrium Reflect Macrium N/A
Macrium Reflect
Macrium
N/A
Macrium Reflect Free Macrium Free
Macrium Reflect Free
Macrium
Free
Maxtor MaxBlast Seagate Technology Free
(for use with Maxtor harddisk)
Maxtor MaxBlast
Seagate Technology
Free
(for use with Maxtor harddisk)
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Paragon Free
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free
Paragon
Free
Powercopy Disk Imaging DataPower
Powercopy Disk Imaging
DataPower
Seagate DiscWizard Seagate Technology Free
(for use with Seagate harddisk)
Seagate DiscWizard
Seagate Technology
Free
(for use with Seagate harddisk)
Universal Imaging Utility (7) Big Bang LLC
Universal Imaging Utility
Big Bang LLC
UniversalRestore for Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation Acronis N/A
UniversalRestore for Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation
Acronis
N/A
UniversalRestore for Acronis True Image 9.1 Server Acronis N/A
UniversalRestore for Acronis True Image 9.1 Server
Acronis
N/A
VMWare Converter (2) VMWare Free
(registration required)
VMWare Converter
VMWare
Free
(registration required)
VMWare Player (2) VMWare Free
(registration required)
VMWare Player
VMWare
Free
(registration required)
XXClone Pixelab
XXClone
Pixelab
ZLON Disk Imaging Zero Assumption Recovery
ZLON Disk Imaging
Zero Assumption Recovery
 
Data archiving
Data archiving
Product Programmer / Manufacturer Download Buy
Automatic File Backup (3) Microsoft Native in Windows Vista
Automatic File Backup
Microsoft
Native in Windows Vista
BACKUP & RESTORE (3) Microsoft Native in all DOS versions
BACKUP & RESTORE
Microsoft
Native in all DOS versions
Backup Platinum SoftLogica
Backup Platinum
SoftLogica
Handy Backup Novosoft
Handy Backup
Novosoft
Handy Backup Pro Novosoft
Handy Backup Pro
Novosoft
FileHamster Mogware
FileHamster
Mogware
NTBACKUP (3) Microsoft Native in Windows NT 4/2000/XP/Server 2003
NTBACKUP
Microsoft
Native in Windows NT 4/2000/XP/Server 2003
NTBackup Restore (4) Microsoft Free
(validation required)
NTBackup Restore
Microsoft
Free
(validation required)
RoboCopy Microsoft Free
RoboCopy
Microsoft
Free
RoboCopy GUI Derk Benisch, Microsoft Free
RoboCopy GUI
Derk Benisch, Microsoft
Free
XCOPY Microsoft Native in all DOS & Windows versions
XCOPY
Microsoft
Native in all DOS & Windows versions
XXCOPY Free PixeLab Free
(for personal use)
XXCOPY Free
PixeLab
Free
(for personal use)
XXCOPY Pro PixeLab
XXCOPY Pro
PixeLab
ZipBackup ZipBackup
ZipBackup
ZipBackup
ZipBackup with 2 years of free upgrades ZipBackup
ZipBackup with 2 years of free upgrades
ZipBackup
 
Undelete / file recovery
Undelete / file recovery
Product Programmer / Manufacturer Download Buy
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition EaseUS Free
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition
EaseUS
Free
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional EaseUS
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional
EaseUS
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro Unlimited EaseUS N/A
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro Unlimited
EaseUS
N/A
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE EaseUS N/A
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE
EaseUS
N/A
EaseUS Partition Recovery EaseUS Free
EaseUS Partition Recovery
EaseUS
Free
FreeUndelete OfficeRecovery / Recoveronix Free
FreeUndelete
OfficeRecovery / Recoveronix
Free
Handy Recovery SoftLogica
Handy Recovery
SoftLogica
ISOBuster Smart Projects
ISOBuster
Smart Projects
ReclaiMe ReclaiMe.com
ReclaiMe
ReclaiMe.com
ZAR Zero Assumption Recovery Zero Assumption Recovery
ZAR Zero Assumption Recovery
Zero Assumption Recovery
 
Application specific backup & recovery
Application specific backup & recovery
Product Programmer / Manufacturer Download Buy
CLEO (Compact Library Extension Organizer) (6) Chuck Baker Free
CLEO (Compact Library Extension Organizer)
Chuck Baker
Free
FileazeBackup Rob van der Woude Free
(donations welcome)
FileazeBackup
Rob van der Woude
Free
(donations welcome)
FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) Chuck Baker Free
FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)
Chuck Baker
Free
Genie Mail Backup Genie-Soft N/A
Genie Mail Backup
Genie-Soft
N/A
ZAR Digital Image Recovery (5) Zero Assumption Recovery
ZAR Digital Image Recovery
Zero Assumption Recovery
ZIP Repair DiskInternals Free
ZIP Repair
DiskInternals
Free
ZMEIL E-mail Recovery Zero Assumption Recovery
ZMEIL E-mail Recovery
Zero Assumption Recovery
 
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Product Programmer / Manufacturer Download Buy
BartPE Bart Lagerweij Free
(donations welcome)
BartPE
Bart Lagerweij
Free
(donations welcome)
BkAllDrv (Backup All Drivers) Rob van der Woude Free
(donations welcome)
BkAllDrv (Backup All Drivers)
Rob van der Woude
Free
(donations welcome)
CDCheck Mitja Perko
CDCheck
Mitja Perko
CreateCD Alex Feinman Free
(donations welcome)
CreateCD
Alex Feinman
Free
(donations welcome)
Reimage PC Repair Reimage
Reimage PC Repair
Reimage
Reimage Three PC Repair Reimage
Reimage Three PC Repair
Reimage
RunBackupWithoutSleep (8) Rob van der Woude Free
(donations welcome)
RunBackupWithoutSleep
Rob van der Woude
Free
(donations welcome)
TuxBoot (9) NCHC Free Software Lab Free
TuxBoot
NCHC Free Software Lab
Free
HARDWARE: All-In-One USB 2.0/eSATA dual 2.5/3.5 inch harddisk docking station Dx.com N/A
HARDWARE: All-In-One USB 2.0/eSATA dual 2.5/3.5 inch harddisk docking station
Dx.com
N/A

 

  Notes:
Notes: (1) Though listed under System recovery & migration/Image backups, Genie Backup Manager is actually an All-in-One solution.
  (2) This isn't really a backup solution in the strict sense, but with proper preparation it may save the day in case of a system crash.
Either use it to virtualize critical systems right now, making future "image backups" a snap, or use the created VM as a standby/backup system while restoring a crashed physical system.
  (3) These native tools can not be used to restore your data to a different DOS or Windows version, often not even to a different servicepack level
  (4) Tool to restore Windows XP and Server 2003 NTBackup backups on Windows Server 2008 systems
  (5) The digital image recovery functionality will work without limitations in the ZAR trial version.
  (6) CLEO (Compact Library Extension Organizer) is an extension of FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)
  (7) The Universal Imaging Utility is not backup software, but a tool to use existing image backup software to create a single universal disk image (per OS version) for "all" hardware
  (8) RunBackupWithoutSleep temporarily changes the computer's power scheme to "always on" to prevent Windows 7 going into sleep mode during backups (or other tasks taking a long time)
  (9) Use TuxBoot to make bootable USB sticks for CloneZilla

 

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page last uploaded: 2016-09-19, 14:56