What’s the best backup software for Windows?

Donna Carruthers March 11, 2013

I am running Windows 7. I have been using Memeo to back up to an external wireless HDD (Seagate). Memeo has messed up three times now, and I have had to start a new back up each time. It is not currently working correctly, and I am looking for recommendations for a better software program to use for backing up my files. I appreciate any help!

  1. hammihuang
    July 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I think BackupCow.com is the best backup software for Windows. It enables me to backup and sync files between multiple computers over the network. It really does a good job!

  2. Tip
    May 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I agree that norton is a popular one. Others that I can think of is Rebit and Bounceback.

    Found this article which reviews other top Backup software:

  3. Wyle
    May 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I was using Norton 360 since it came with the antivirus package from my ISP. Backup worked fine. RESTORE SETS ALL FILE DATE/TIMES TO TIME OF RESTORE; NOT ORIGINAL DATE TIMES. Norton claims its a Windows limit (but aparently not for any other backup software) and that file dates don't really matter.

    Thats why I'm reading forums for opinions on GOOD backup software.

  4. Joel Thomas
    April 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    March 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hello, there are several option in the following link:


    There is also Macrium Reflect Free Edition:


  6. Nitesh Badala
    March 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    IObit backup and recovery or paragon

  7. Donald Schultz
    March 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I use the image method because in one instance, I bought a hd with a larger capacity than what I had and instead of have to sit and back up file after file, I created the imaged, put the new hd in and threw in the windows cd and installed my image. It was like nothing ever changed with it. Try it.

  8. Donald Schultz
    March 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Honestly, I use the windows backup and restore and create a system image of my pc. It saved me a couple times so now I have it automated to image my system once a month.

  9. Aaron Couch
    March 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm


    It just kind of depends what you need. There's cloud storage apps and apps for backing up to an external HDD (which it sounds like you already know a bit about).

    For cloud storage, which is a great addition to backup to your HDD, I feel like SugarSync and CrashPlan are both excellent options. We've covered both here on MakeUseOf. I recommend SugarSync if you don't have a lot of large files like music and videos. You get 5 GB for free starting and then 500 MB per referral. Crashplan is great for an unlimited option of space and storage and a pretty decent price. For more advice on choosing a cloud storage check out the article Read This Before Choosing An Online Backup Provider.

    It should also be mentioned that cloud storage programs that only sync your data or don't offer the function to backup any folder aren't a suitable backup solution. Examples of these would be Google Drive and Dropbox, which are both great tools and apps and provide a nice secondary convenience for backing up, but shouldn't be used as your only program.

    For desktop backup applications, the aforementioned Todo Backup is a good program. And FBackup is another great one that we recommend.

    More recently though, we named Cobian Backup the best backup program available for free, so it might be worth looking into that one.

    I hope this helps! There are a lot of articles about backup programs and strategies so don't be afraid to do some searching around MUO.

  10. Tech
    March 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I have used alot of backup softwares but the best one till now is Acronis True Image! Give it a try!

  11. Mark Stanwyck
    March 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I would have to say Drop Box. Simple. easy to use and you almost forget it is there.


    Perfectly designed and intrusiveness.

    • null
      March 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      I too have a similar setup - Memeo backup to a seagate external hdd. I am sure the original author is of the same mind as me in that online cloud backup has its place - but as a whole system back in the US market where ISPs limit upload speeds to 2 Mbit at best whole disk backup is not ideal. I have looked into the popular and some not so pupular cloud backups - and actually use SugarSync (and yes I have a dropbox account as well).

      Althought Memeo has its flaws (doesn't back up system files etc) I did have to use its backup after my HDD crashed. Any backup is better than nothing!!! I will check out the other recommendations.

  12. Jim Chambers
    March 12, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Try EaseUS Todo Free Home Edition.

  13. Cliff Hosler
    March 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I haven't used it yet but what about Paragon Hard Disk Manager? Its free with Make Use Of reward points

  14. John Monaghan
    March 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I have a WD 750 GB external drive and use Norton's backup tool 9I run Norton 360 on that particular computer). works fine as long as I remember to plug the drive in occasionally and run a backup.

  15. Eric Longman
    March 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I've been very impressed lately with CrashPlan (http://www.crashplan.com). They have a free version that backs up to a local folder (including a USB drive) regularly AND will provide regular email updates confirming that the backups are happening regularly.

  16. Dustin Smith
    March 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I need a good back up software that backs up to tape drives. Windows Server 2008 R2 does not support tape back up.

  17. Steve Amphaijit
    March 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I would prefer ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE as i use it already over 10 years together with Disk Director. No matter where you data comes from or where they go... they always keeps them-self without FAILURES :-) http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/#overview

  18. Stevan Cvetkovi?
    March 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    The best backup for windows is Cobian.

  19. Grr
    March 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    In my opinion & use, EaseUS Todo Backup is the best free. Compared to Paragon free, it is light weight & very reliable. And compared to Macrium Reflect free it supports incremental backups. Please check the link below:

    Hot Features
    Full system backup & recovery
    Backup certain file type in specified folder
    Disk & partition clone
    Schedule backups
    Incremental backups

  20. Dave Bakker
    March 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I have used Second Copy for most of my backups. It has a lot of options for those that want very specific items, or really basic for easy setup. You are able to set up multiple profiles to do differetn types of backup. I have one profile that looks to my Photo directory every night and copies all new photos to the backup disk. I have another profile that checks my Data folder and makes a backup everynight of all changes, however this profile i have it save 2 older copies. This is a life saver, because if I make a change to a file and it backs up and I want to go back to a older version, I still can. You can run the free version, and there is a paid version that is cheap, but offers a few more options. Hope this helps

  21. prashanth singh rathore
    March 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Areca Backup
    Box Backup

  22. Nevzat Akkaya
    March 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My favorite is Paragon's Backup & Recovery. There are some other good alternatives too:
    - EaseUs ToDo Backup (http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm)
    - DriveImage Xml (http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm)
    - Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx)
    - Comodo Backup (http://backup.comodo.com/backup-features.php)

    You should also take a good look at MakeUseOf Best Apps -> Backup section here :

  23. Alan Wade
    March 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Macrium Reflect works for me, if you are going to image your drive give it a try.

  24. softwaredemons
    March 11, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Acronic true Image is what i recommend. using it from years without any issues

  25. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 11, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Try using Acronis True Image. I'm using it from past 4 years and never ever had any problems. Definitely the No.1 backup software

  26. Rajaa Chowdhury
    March 11, 2013 at 3:29 am

    You can check this article which list 7 free best backup solutions : http://www.techshout.com/features/2012/25/best-free-backup-software/

  27. Bruce Epper
    March 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Give Paragon Backup & Recovery Free a try. It can handle most backup tasks for the majority of home users without needing to buy anything and it offers flexible backup options.

  28. Anish P
    March 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Try using Oops!Backup for Windows (http://www.altaro.com/home-pc-backup/time-machine-for-windows.php). It's pretty much the Time Machine software that the macs have, except it's for the Windows OS. This will allow you to pretty much save an entire backup of your computer along with changes to any of your files and folders. This way you'll be able to recover any file that you accidentally deleted but had backed up beforehand.

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