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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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