AOMEI Backupper: Essential, free tools to keep important data safe

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Preventing loss of sensitive data has become a priority for many computer users, since so many bad things can happen to storage devices, from accidents to the common wear and tear. AOMEI Backupper is a free application that lets you backup system files, entire hard drives or just partitions. The way this program works is easy enough even for complete beginners, that should have no problem keeping their data safe using AOMEI Backupper.

Installation & Requirements

AOMEI Backupper’s installation is a painless procedure: no adware, only standard settings and a very fast setup process get the program up and running in no time. AOMEI Backupper runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and all Windows Server versions from 2003 to 2012, with no additional requirements. The program supports all storage devices that are detected by Windows plus MBR and GPT disk-based partitions.

Interface

AOMEI Backupper has an uncluttered GUI with a stylish blue color scheme that features the program’s main options as five different tabs: Home, Backup, Restore, Clone and Utilities. The management of backups is done in the Home tab, where new backups can be added and you can also view and sort the full list of performed backups by a variety of criteria. For every listed backup there are Restore, Backup and Advanced options available. With the Backup options you can perform the same backup using full, incremental or differential methods and the Advanced menu allows the user to delete the backup, check/explore/locate the image and view its properties.

The Backup tab offers Disk, Partition and System backup options with simple settings. For the first two, all you have to do is select the disk/partition you want to backup and the destination folder. The System backup will automatically backup all system drive data and installed applications so the user only has to select the destination folder. Restore shows a full list of backups but also lets the user browse to a specific location and manually select a backup image. The Backup Options contain all of the program’s settings, plus an encryption function that lets you add password protection to your backup images.

AOMEI Backupper also provides a clone tool for partitions and hard disks and a few other useful tools under the Utilities tab. Here, you can check the data integrity of backed up images, create a bootable CD/DVD or USB (good to have when you’re trying to restore a system that can’t boot anymore) as well as mount any backed up image and explore it.

The program’s settings allow users to choose the compression level of the backups, split backup images into multiple smaller files, use the Intelligent Sector or perform an exact backup (the Intelligent sector will only backup the used sectors of the drive, while the Exact backup will back up everything, regardless if it’s used or not). There is also the option to use VSS (Volume Snapshot Service), a Microsoft technology, available in Windows that allows performing backups for the system without interrupting applications.

Pros

– Straightforward, quick installation.
– Backup and restore functions for system, disk, partition and volume.
– Cloning tools for disk, partition and volume.
– Encrypted backups with password protection.
– Can perform backups of any storage device recognized by Windows.
– Offers options to create bootable rescue media (CD/DVD and USB).

Cons

– There are no scheduling options for automated backup tasks.
– No options for creating backups of individual files or folders.

Alternatives

Acronis True Image
Easeus Todo Backup
– Paragon Backup & Recovery

Conclusion

AOMEI Backupper is still a “new-born” and it lacks some valuable features like a scheduling function for automatic backups but such issues will surely get fixed in time and more improvements will be added. As it is right now, we consider that AOMEI Backupper offers a nice array of features and more importantly, it’s very easy to use, making backup and restore tasks accessible even for users with little or no technical skills.