What is the best Windows tool for creating a backup of my PC on an external drive?

Gurjot Singh November 2, 2012

I need a tool to create a full backup of my PC and copy it to an external hard drive. Then I intend to format my PC, reinstall the OS and restore my content back to the PC as it was in the first place. I would also like to keep the backup of my content for future peace of mind.

What software would you suggest for this? Which is the best backup solution? I need some help, fast!

Thank you.

  1. Zack263
    November 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I would recommend acronis backup or bitcasa has unlimited cloud storage for free for backup.

  2. softwaredemons
    November 6, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Acronis true image is easy to use bakup software

  3. Christopher Harlan
    November 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I like the free edition of EaseUS - I use it constantly when I fix or move computers as workstations.

  4. Vishal Mishra
    November 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

    FreeFileSync is a really good software to synchronize files between different location, in addition it's easy and open-source.

  5. Brandon Ragoo
    November 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

    By full backup I'm guessing you mean system image.
    If your using Windows 7 or Vista this guide should serve you best http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/how-to-create-a-system-image-in-windows-7/
    however if using windows XP I recommended using this

    • Gurjot Singh
      November 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm


  6. Gutha Gowtham
    November 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    SugarSync is what i could suggest


  7. Boni Oloff
    November 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    You can try Norton Ghost, many companies use this software i think.

  8. Charley Rouse
    November 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

    +1 for CloneZilla:

    Visit: http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

    Download the .iso and burn to CD/DVD

    Plug in your external harddrive (after ensuring it has sufficent space for a full copy of the PC's Harddrive)
    Reboot the Machine, (may need to change the boot order to "Allow boot from CD"
    and follow the prompts.

    Clonezilla is quick, well written AND most importanlty , recovery of the image is the same procedure, selecting recover and again following the prompts.

    Highly recommended

  9. josemon maliakal
    November 3, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I recommend clonezilla which is a best and free app for your Windows OS

  10. Alex Schnapps
    November 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    You need a Image backup sofware (instead simple file backup)/ For example free windows utilities:
    1. Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free (great addition functionality e.g partitioning) http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
    2. Macrium Reflect Free (hi speed backup) http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
    3. DriveImage XML (small size programm) http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
    4. EaseUS Todo Backup Free (ability copy to cloud folder and synchronization data) http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

  11. Nikhil Chandak
    November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm
  12. Gurjot Singh
    November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm


  13. Manuel Guillermo López Buenfil
    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The program I use for backup is FreeFileSync:
    It is a very good program, but it only works with files, not programs. That is, it will not help you to reinstall a program.

  14. Naveen Kumar
    November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  15. ha14
    November 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Acronis true image is reliable, it is shareware but you can get support if needed.

    How to: Clone your hard drive using Clonezilla

  16. Patrick Jackson
    November 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I agree with Lisa, EaseUS Has a great backup application. Go forward and use it!

  17. kumar raja
    November 2, 2012 at 4:40 am
  18. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Paragon and EaseUS work well and highly regarded for such operation.

  19. Dino Pearsons
    November 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I've heard great things about Bvckup. (http://www.bvckup.com/)

    They are also currently developing version 2 of the same app (http://www.bvckup2.com/).

    It's a really minimal and simple app.

  20. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Depending on your version and edition of Windows, you may already have a backup tool on it. For what you are looking to do, that would be sufficient. If you want to look at tools that can schedule regular backups or create system images, you would be better served looking at the various backup tools from Paragon Software and Easeus as well as Linux based tools such as Clonezilla..

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