How to Use EaseUS Todo Backup Free
EaseUS Todo Backup Free provides similar backup options. I appreciated its simplicity in a number of areas: easy to find and download, simple setup wizard and quick installation. While EaseUS Todo Backup doesn’t offer quite as many features and functionality as those found in Macrium Reflect, I find it sufficient for basic backup and recovery.
After completing the installation, launch EaseUS Todo Backup; you will be prompted to step up to the Home version offering additional features. To be frank, I don’t need some of the features offered like Outlook email backup, email notifications and scheduled-based backups. EaseUS Todo Backup does include cloning, which lets you transfer your installation to a new hard disk or SSD, or a new computer.
EaseUS Todo Backup also includes file and folder based backup. For our particular needs, we want to perform a system backup, which creates an image of your Windows 10 installation. To begin, click the System Backup button. Browse to where you want the image stored (external drive). Create a new folder then label it, select it then click OK.
EaseUS Todo Backup also includes retention options, which let users manage how much space is used by backups. Click the Image Reserve Strategy menu, then choose your options for when you want backups to be created and how they are preserved and deleted.
Click Proceed to begin the backup. According to EaseUS Todo, backups with the free version are a little slower, but I don’t think it’s much of a deterrent. Using a USB 3.0 external drive, the backup of a 68 GB partition completed in about 10 minutes. So, the time will vary depending on the size of your installation. Sit back, relax and give it some time to complete.
Create Emergency Disk
After your backup is created, proceed to create a rescue disc, which you can use to restore your image. Just like Macrium, EaseUS Todo’s rescue media is based on Microsoft’s Windows Imaging Format. When you boot from it, you will notice it uses the same Windows 10 pre-boot environment to load its own recovery application.
Click the Tools menu, then click Create Emergency Disk. The Emergency disk wizard offers several options, which include creating an emergency disk based on WinPE or Linux. Boot media can also be in the form of a USB thumb drive, DVD/CD or ISO image.
Restore Image – EaseUS Todo
When you are ready to restore an image, configure your computer to boot from the installation media. Make sure your external drive is connected and powered on. I noticed that if you connect after booting into the recovery environment, EaseUS doesn’t detect the drive.
Once booted into the recovery environment for EaseUS Todo, click the Browse to Recover button.
Browse the folder on your external drive containing the system backup image file, click OK.
Choose the local drive where you would like to have the image restored then click Proceed. When the restoration is complete, close the EaseUS recover application. Your Windows 10 installation should be up and running.
That’s a look at two solid options for users who want to migrate from Windows 10’s System Image. Of course, they work differently, but you will appreciate some of the benefits included in both such as cloning, easier migration from one system to the another and automated and granular options for backup.
Macrium is the more powerful of the two, featuring a lot more options, some of which are a bit too advanced for the average user. But if you want to grow with your backup solution, its there if you need it. EaseUS Todo Backup is bare bones, but something about that makes it feel lighter and more approachable. At the same time, it could be a little more intelligent, but what do you expect? Whichever solution you decide on, you won’t regret it.
Are you already using Macrium or EaseUS Todo Backup or another solution? Let us know what you think in the comments.