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Overview of EaseUS Todo

The tagline on EaseUS Todo’s website asks you why “pay for Norton Ghost when there is a free alternative?” It’s a convincing argument. You can’t get better for free and a lot of users know the importance of a backup tool, yet are unwilling to shed out the cash for it. With apparently over 4,000,000 home users, it’s worth exploring what makes this backup tool so popular. This article will explore the features of the program and assess whether it’s worth using against all other popular backup tools.

One of the nice things about EaseUS is that it integrates fully into Windows. Some less tech savvy users are put off using programs because they see it as another thing to master. This is made easy here; double click a backup file and it’ll open like a standard folder. You can browse these files with ease, recovering individual files or whole files straight from Windows Explorer. Of course, you can use the program to restore from if that’s a preferred approach.

The feature list includes full and incremental partition and drive imaging, data wiping, image culling, backup to optical, data and partition cloning, scheduling and also an environment pre-boot that lets you recover the system without using other media. You can also create a Linux boot recovery CD to recover your system from.

In a review, PCWorld said that the program “performed nicely” and created image and backup files without issue. They also complimented how quickly the tool backed everything up. However, they didn’t criticise that the program doesn’t respond as quickly as it could, especially when compared to previous versions.

New in the recent version is the ability to backup and recover data including contacts, messages, call logs, documents, music, photos and videos from an Android device, which is great for those users who store a lot of data on the go.

The free version of the program has automatic updates and version upgrades included. There is also a paid Home version available for $29 that adds, amongst other features, differential backup, Outlook backup and restore, system and free technical support.

EaseUS is a good option, but there are also others available on the market. R-Drive Image is a utility that allows you to create disk image files for backup or duplication purposes. These images can be stored on a variety of places and can be restored to the hard drive’s free space on the fly. You can try out the program for a free thirty day trial in order to assess its features and see whether it’s right for you. If you want the full package after that time then you just have to pay a single fee of $44.95. If you’re looking to use the software for commercial system deployment then it’ll cost $499.99.

EaseUS is a simple and easy to use tool that a lot of users should be able to operate with ease. It’s free and offers a variety of features, so you have nothing to lose by just giving it a shot. However, if it doesn’t work out then there are other programs, like R-Drive Image, that might work better for you.


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