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Recommended 3rd Party Backup Solutions for Windows 10

Written on June 5, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven


Your data is a critical component within your workflow and keeping it safe and secure becomes more important by the day. If your data is not backed up and your system experiences a major failure, what will you do? Would you have to start over on that two week long Premiere Pro project; did you edit over 300 wedding photos yesterday? Below we will provide some third-party options for keeping your data backed up and restorable. 

There are hundreds of back up options out there but we have tested a number of them and have found that these are currently the most useful and easiest to navigate. All the software we chose will allow a Full Image backup, USB backup, Encryption options, Incremental backups and Scheduled backups.

EaseUS Todo Backup

My favorite backup software has to be EaseUS Todo. It's simplest to use, reliable and fully comprehensive software. The EaseUS company started back in 2004 and offers disk management, data recovery and data backup services.

Basic Overview

  • It is quite reliable and offers effective backup and recovery services
  • It offers system and files backups through which users can secure their files, disks, partitions and whole system as well
  • It is compatible with all versions of Windows starting from Windows XP and ending with Windows 10
  • It is one of the most demanding backup software with more than 10 million customers


  • Sudden setback recovery
  • Cloning of disks and system
  • Image compression
  • Detailed cloud backup
  • Email and file backup
  • Automatic document directory backup
  • User-friendly interface with backup management facility
  • Scheduled backups
  • Full, incremental and differential backups as well


  • There are 3 editions of EaseUS ToDo backup software
  • The free version is free of charge and intended for personal use only
  • The home version costs $29.00 and offers a wide variety of services
  • The Workstation version is intended for business purpose and costs $39.00

You can download the software HERE

A super useful guide we found HERE

AOMEI Backupper

An extremely highly rated backup software launched in 2009 including cloud storage, hard disk partitions in addition to backup and recovery capabilities.

Basic Overview

  • It has an easy user interface to deal with backup support for files, folders, hard drives and also the system partitions
  • It supports Windows systems offering backup & restore services, as well as cloning and syncing too
  • It offers a quick solution for recovering and restoring your data or files
  • This software is able to clone disks and images, migrate your system, synchronization of files and folders


  • System Backup including File Backup
  • File Synchronization
  • Disk and Partition Backups
  • Cloning of system, disks, and partitions
  • Image merging
  • Scheduled backup including event trigger and real-time sync
  • Restore from bootable disk
  • Anti-ransomware
  • AOMEI one key recovery
  • Dissimilar Hardware Restore


  • The standard version of AOMEI is free which is for personal use
  • The professional package costs $49.95 and provides 1 license
  • The server version is priced $169, providing 1 license for the windows servers
  • The technician edition is $499, used for PCs and servers
  • The technician plus version costs $799 and used by those who give technical services to clients

You can download the software HERE

A super useful guide we found HERE

Acronis True Image

A very versatile backup solution designed to protect your data, operating system and all settings or configuration changes. While Acronis is extremely powerful and secure it can be a bit tricky to navigate.

Basic Overview

  • It is a strong and robust backup software available in the market
  • The developers are also trying to make it as user-friendly as possible
  • It offers a wide variety of features to its customers
  • It is available for Microsoft, Android, iOS, and MacOS
  • It offers to clone the disk, resize of partitions, and is also able to replicate the content to a new disk
  • It offers file backups in which users can backup specific files and directories
  • It also offers full system backup in which whole disk partition is duplicated
  • The backup can specifically restore the system if it is unable to start
  • It has around 7 million consumer users and around 1 million business users as well


  • Full Image Backup
  • Back up when USB connects
  • Virtual Environment Support
  • Backup Cleanup Utility
  • Active Protection from Ransomware
  • Acronis Survival Kit
  • Active Disk Cloning
  • WinPE Media Builder
  • Crypto mining Blocker
  • Dual Protection
  • Anywhere Access
  • Speedy Backup and Recovery
  • Office 365 Backup
  • Local Wireless Backup on mobile
  • Social Media Backup


  • Acronis offers a Trial version of up to 30 days for free
    • Afterward, 3 types of packages are provided: Standard, Advanced and Premium
  • The Standard plan is a one-time purchase and it costs $39.99. It offers full image backup, disk coming, quick recovery and crypto mining blocking as well
  • The Advanced plan is a one-year subscription costing $34.99 per year. It offers all the features of the standard package as well as cloud backup, an end-to-end encryption and social media backup as well
  • The Premium package is the most powerful and costs $69.99 a year. It offers all the features of the advanced package as well as blockchain certification and electronic signatures on files

You can download the software HERE

A super useful guide we found HERE

Macrium Reflect

Highly effective and reliable backup solution using image-based cloning and the ability to create backups of entire hard disks or partitions. Deployed in 2006 Macrium is popular due to it’s quick data recovery abilities and secure/encrypted disk images.

Basic Overview

  • It has over 8 million downloads worldwide
  • It uses a fast, safe and easy approach to backup your files
  • You can schedule your backups to run at your favorable time
  • It has the ability to restore and clone the data very quickly
  • It can offer solutions which are developed for endpoint backups and recovery
  • You can use different backup options like full, incremental and differential
  • You can back up individual files and folders as well


  • Incremental Backups
  • Backup Content Browser
  • Backup Files and Folders
  • Ransomware Protection
  • Rapid Delta Cloning & Restore
  • Backup Encryption
  • Differential Images
  • Direct Disk Cloning
  • Backup Set Consolidation
  • Backups Schedule
  • Non-booting System Restore


Different prices methods are available. Free trial doesn’t cost anything.

  • The home PC edition is for $69 which provides 1 license
  • 4 Pc licenses cost $139.95
  • Workstation version costs $75 per PC (for 1-9 PCs)
  • For 10+ PCs at the workstation, it costs $$67.50 per PC
  • For servers, it costs $275 per server. (1-9 servers)
  • More than 10 servers’ costs $247.50 per server

You can download the software HERE

A super useful guide we found HERE

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Randy Fellmy

How well do the various system disk backups work with full disk encryption -- Bitlocker or VeraCrypt? I gather there is a fundamental problem with this: you're making your automated backup from within Windows, so the backup program sees the disk decrypted; but when you go to do an emergency system recovery, the restore environment is running outside Windows, without the low-level encryption drivers. Thus you wind up restoring an unencrypted disk with a boot sector that expects an encrypted disk. Has anyone solved this so that it "just works"?

Posted on 2019-06-26 16:18:36
Alex Raitman

Those backup packages reviewed tend to be oversized and slow. I really like Argentum Backup which is a really good backup program for Windows 7/10. I've been using it for over 10 years already. It is very fast and easy to use. It can both compress files into Zip or back up natively.

Posted on 2019-11-23 15:41:04

Is there some reason why there's no "filters" option for searching Puget articles? I'd like to find the latest and greatest on backup software out of the 529 total posts.

Posted on 2020-06-02 14:43:55

There are filters on each of the article listing pages (support guides, hardware articles, blogs, etc) - this is the main page for the support guides like this one: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . It doesn't look like they have a filter directly for backup software, but there is also a search bar you can use.

The only other relevant post I could find was this one about using the Win10 built-in backup software though: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

Posted on 2020-06-02 15:22:37

As Matt noted, we have filters for some topics as well as search within each of our types of articles. However, a topic like this can show up in our normal articles or over in our support section - so while you could search both separately I would advise using our site-wide search option instead. It is accessible via the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of our site, and will let you perform a search like this: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

The first three articles there could all be applicable, any you can see the dates each of them were published as well :)

For reference, our lists of articles (with search and some filtering) can be found here:

Hardware articles: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

Support articles: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

Posted on 2020-06-02 17:13:25

I apologize for not being more clear. My desire was being able to sort all the fine articles by date, thus ensure seeing the most recent and hopefully most relevant.

Posted on 2020-06-03 19:57:44

Oh, sorting results by date could be a really helpful feature! Thank you for the suggestion :)

Posted on 2020-06-04 18:17:33