Backup of all your important data is a must for even home computers, but over 40 percent of PC and laptop users, at least in the US, back up less than once a year, if at all, according to a Harris Interactive report commissioned by another backup provider, Backblaze. See also: Group test: what's the best backup software?
EaseUS Todo Backup Home aims to make it a fire-and-forget task. One of a range of backup products from the company, which includes workstation and server versions, this application provides both file and system backup.
The interface is clearly set out and easy to follow. It does intelligent things like offering likely local drives you might want to back up to and calculating the size of a backup before you choose its destination.
The program supports full back-up, where all files are copied every time, incremental backup, where only new and changed files are copied after the first full copy, and differential backup where, in addition, files deleted from the source are also deleted from the backup.
It can also manage the number or size of backups on the destination drive. You can specify, for example, that backups are held for a given time or only a set number of copies are maintained. There's no way of allocating a specified amount of space for a backup set, though.
EaseUS Todo Backup Home can copy to a local drive in a Windows PC – hard drive or DVD – or an attached external drive, a network attached drive or to the cloud. It doesn't come with an online account of its own, but works with services like Google Drive, SkyDrive or DropBox and any others that provide FTP access.
EaseUS Todo Backup Home: compression and encryption
Compression and encryption are provided, though there's little control other than none, normal, medium or high settings for compression and on or off – with a password – for encryption. There's also a built-in scheduler, which offers times in the day, settings for daily, weekly or monthly, and options to start at startup or at logon.
You can have multiple backups for different files, systems and emails all controlled from the same panel. The program can even backup Outlook when the program's running. Once set up, the backups run in the background. Although the resource hit isn't too noticeable, it's still best to schedule runs at times which won't interrupt normal work.
There's a good set of tools to round off the package, including clone, for when you're upgrading a hard drive, a secure wipe and a bootable disk creator.
A system backup of the 43.5 GB of data on our test PC's 100GB startup partition took 22 minutes 37 seconds, creating a 25.9 GB compressed file, using default settings. The software automatically named the file as ‘system backup' and added the date and time it completed.
The exact same system backup using Acronis True Image 2013, the market leader, took 19 minutes 57 seconds and created a 21.3 GB compressed file. So, the Acronis product is faster and with tighter compression, but not by much in real terms. Against this, EaseUS Todo Backup Home is quite a bit cheaper. See all backup and recovery applications reviews.