Top 5 Best Free Windows Backup Software

by Ramesh Natarajan on May 19, 2011

It is critical to have backup your laptop and desktops regularly. These are the 5 best free windows backup software.

1. GFI Backup

GFI is used professionally due to its built-in VSS service. Backing up is faster and simpler because it has the capacity to volume shadow copy. You can also auto notify yourself after the backup.

2. Cobian Backup

Cobian is among the favorite Windows 7 backup softwares because of its tool selection and efficiency.

3. FBackup

FBackup is absolutely free and can be used for personal and commercial files. It backs up automatically to your USB or Firewire device in either local or network location. You may opt to compress the file in zip format or copy it as is.

4. EASEUS Todo Backup

The freeware version of Easeus backup software has pretty much all the things you would need to take a backup of your windows system.

5. Comodo Backup

Comodo is perfect for beginners and advanced users of Windows. It is a basic but reliable backup system


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SG May 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

There are 2 that you left out which should be considered excellent freeware backup software:

1) 2brightsparks and syncback (free edition)

2) Microsoft’s own synctoy (also free) and powerful which includes scripting options to be run as a task or via command line

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Xian September 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

I am a most happy Syncback user but it cannot do shadow copy, leaving me to have to set my alarm to remember to close Outlook, otherwise I do not get my PST file sync’ed. One simply has to have a programme that can do shadow copy backup.

Windows 8 File History is yet another useless bit of bugware that is not user friendly and it is too buggy. If it works, all is well, but it is obstinate at accepting external devices.

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Andrew May 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

I like Areca because it keeps multiple versions of files and supports more complex backup schemes then the more simplistic methods of just backing up all the files. This backs up only the files that have changes since the last time that file was backed up but it allows you to do a one step restore of all the file at any point in time for which backups are being maintained. No need to restore the last full then all subsequent incremental backups.

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SamD May 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Have you tried Allway Sync? It is lightning fast, and I’ve never had a problem with it.

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Win November 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

Does this do incremental backup?

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Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Main problem with allway Sync is with large numbers of files, it eats up all the system memory, and then crashes(but i’m talking about systems with around 2-400000 files.

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Dean Haynes February 19, 2012 at 1:55 am

With the latest release of Comono 4.0.7.14 there is a bug with differental and incremental backups. I have contact there support and they say it should be fixed with in the next release but they yet don’t have a date for this release.

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anand nayak April 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

sir pease send some idea how to backup ND COMMON BACKUP IN FUTURE . BECAUSE SMALL TIME BIG WORK .
THANKS ANAND

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Ben Ali June 20, 2012 at 2:28 am

I would like to post a correction on Cobian Backup.
The program has an inbuilt sync option, and can do a file-checking operation.

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jim giner July 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Tried to use Areca – downloaded it, then it ran and told me I needed a Java environment. After following a link it provided and installing Java – Areca would no longer even start up..

Cavaet Emptor

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Tom October 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

If you’re running it on amd64 get the 64 bit version and it runs fine. It installs the x86 version but something in the config makes it work.

Here is the link to download 64-bit Areca.

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Win November 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

Im looking for one that does incremental backup. Any one know of which is free and reliable?

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Anu January 8, 2013 at 12:27 am

I agree that GFI Backup is the best. Thanks for the great suggestion. GFI Backup does all you want. Incremental, custom backup, scheduled… And oh yes…free too!

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Robin Clay February 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Here’s another “Con” for the GFI one (Number 1 in your list) – you can’t just download it, you have to subscribe to a 30-day trial of their other software.
No, thanks; I’ll try something else.

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Anu February 10, 2013 at 2:24 am

I think you have something wrong here. I have the software…no 30-day trial for anything…

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Ram August 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Anu is right. I have one that works and the download link is given below. I believe GFI discontinued this product, and I can’t locate it on their website anymore. Please note that according to GFI, you can use this freeware application only for personal use.

GFI Backup Download Link: For those who are interested in GFI, you can download it from here.

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Allan March 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

What is meant by “does not do true remote backup via IP”?

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Yogesh March 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Ì got a server at my client location (Australia ) and i want it should get backedup at in india is it possible

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jamrat March 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

the backup on my Dell Inspiron has stopped working, the computer is bogged down and I want to do a backup on a new Toshiba ext h.d. that has no driver. My old Inspiron (2007?) is Windows Vista.
Any suggestions for a simple one time backup on a computer that down’t have much storage space? Thanks

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Xian September 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

SyncbackFree from 2BrightSparks works like a charm for what you want to be doing, on my Dell Inspiron.

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Lily-Y June 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I think aomei backupper is the simple but functional one i ever used, you can do backup, restore and clone. really easy task within few clicks.

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Xian September 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

I just downloaded GFI and the download was super fats at around 1.3MBPS, which is quite good on a 3.5G USB dongle where I live. The download was 54MB but then the trouble started: installation cannot proceed as it requires LOGIN credentials. It now is a CLOUD service, it seems, which I cannot use.

I am still looking for a reliable thinware free solution that can do shadow copy by scheduled backups.

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Xian September 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

Just installed FBackup and am running first backup now. It does scheduled shadow backups, seemingly, so this is what I needed. It can also encrypt the backed up data, which is an added bonus.

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Anonymous April 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

FBackup asks for money to do incremental backups, and never advertises it clearly before you install it and set it up. At this rate it might as well not do backups at all!

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