AOMEI Technology claims its Backupper Standard 4.6.1 is the best free backup software to backup partitions, files, hard drives, and even your entire system. That certainly caught my attention, but I had to test it and see for myself.
Here’s a rundown of the features I tested.
Does it have limited or multiple functions?
Ultimately, what will make any software truly valuable is the range of functions you can use it for. AOMEI Backupper stands out in this regard, having so many functions that you might never finish exploring all of them.
Here’s a list of some of the functions you get with it.
- The key function is files and folders backup.
Backupper Standard lets you back up both folders and files. Within this feature, you have several options in the process of backing up that let you get the most out of it.
Here’s the process I used in backing up a file and folder:
The first step is clicking on the “Backup” tab. Then, select the “File Backup” option.
The new screen that appears gives you two steps in the backup process. In the first step, you have a choice between adding a file or folder that you want to back up.
Once you select the “Add File” option, you get a pop-up window to select the file from your computer. Simply search for the file you want to backup, click on it, and hit the “Open” button.
After doing that, you’ll be taken back to the Backupper screen, where you’ll see your file added to the “Step 1” section. You’ll also notice that the “Edit” feature is not active for any files that you add. This will change when you add folders since the “Edit” feature is specifically for folders.
When you select the “Add Folder” option, you now get a popup that gives you several options to browse for and choose the folder; as well as filtering the exact files in the folder to include or exclude. (This is a useful feature, since you may have a massive folder with items that you don’t necessarily need. You can pick the important ones and leave the unnecessary items.)
Clicking on the “Browse” button will bring up a popup of your computer’s files. Here, you simply identify the folder you want, select it, and click the “Open” button. You only have the option to select one folder at a time; you can’t pick a bunch of folders together.
After selecting the folder, you’ll go back to the filter settings page. However, the filter settings are only available in the Pro version. Filters let you specify the file types you want to include or exclude. It also includes an option to exclude folders within the folder you chose. Besides, it lets you exclude hidden and system files. But, you likely wouldn’t need this option, as an average user who has just a bunch of files to deal with. Hence, the free version works just perfectly.
Once you’re through with selecting the folder, you’ll go back to the screen showing “Step 1” and “Step 2.” Moving on to “Step 2,” you’re now going to select the destination where your backup will be stored. You certainly should save the backup in a different destination from the drive containing the folder and file. To pick the destination, click on the tab at the right end. Clicking on that tab will give you three options: selecting a network share or NAS, a cloud drive, or a drive on your computer.
When you click on the long tab in “Step 2”, you’ll get a popup to pick a drive in the destination you selected. In this case, the destination is a drive on my computer. So, I selected the specific drive and clicked “Open.” Since it’s a drive on my computer, the best selection is a drive that’s different from the drive containing the folder or file to backup.
Now you can click on the “Backup Options” at the bottom, which will give you a popup of multiple things you can do to the backup file. The first option is to write a comment on the backup so you’ll have an easier time finding it later when you need to retrieve it. This also includes an email notification option and a Pro encryption feature for the security of your data. The compression part lets you pick either no, medium or high compression. This helps save space in the destination. However, the high compression would take quite a bit of time to complete, especially with large files. If you have an unusually large file, you can even split the backup. This can help you save it conveniently.
Once you finish all that, you can click on the “Start Backup” button, and the backup process will start. You get a pretty good visualization of the process, so you’re assured that it’s working. It shows the amount of time remaining and the speed of backup. You even get to see the exact processes that are happening in the background.
When it’s finished, and you click the “Finish” button that appears in the end, you can then view the file backup in the drive destination where you saved it. Since I selected moderate compression, the backup file was slightly smaller than the original.
Now, since this is a backup, the process isn’t complete without restoring the backup file.
To do that, you have to go to the “Restore” tab. Clicking the “Restore” tab gives you a page with a list of the backup files you have. Simply select the one you want to restore and click the “Next” button.
The next page gives you the option to pick the backup time point that you wish to restore. This typically applies with scheduled backup, which backs up your data on intervals. Hence, you can pick a backup from a particular time.
The next step lets you identify the exact files you want to restore. Here, you can pick specific files. If you wish to restore one file, you can do that. You simply start by clicking on the arrows next to the folder names on the left, and then the folder that contains your files will finally give a list of files on the right. Check on the boxes beside the files you want. And eventually, click “Next.”
The final step is picking the location where you want the files restored to. You can either restore them to the same drive that you picked them from originally or pick a different drive. You can even select the option to replace the files in the original destination.
During the restoration, you can see the remaining time it will take to finish and see how fast it’s restoring the files. This gives you a sense of the amount of time you have to wait. In the meantime, you can see the actual processes going on, so you don’t have to worry if it’s doing what you expect or not.
When the whole process was over, I got back my folder and the file I backed up. Everything was intact, just as it was in the beginning. This software certainly does the job exceptionally well.
A range of other features include:
- disk backup
- system backup
- schedule backup
- partition backup
- incremental and differential backups
- backup to NAS
- backup dynamic disk volumes
- system restore
- partition and disk restore
- partition clone
- disk clone
- creating bootable discs
And there are even more which you’ll discover while using the software.
How user-friendly is the interface?
Yes, the interface doesn’t determine how useful any software is, but it plays a significant role in how people use it.
A good interface makes everything super convenient.
Well, the AOMEI Backupper has a pretty straightforward interface. That’s a good thing. It isn’t clogged up with every single feature on one window. The features are grouped in tabs, so you can focus on the part you want, without many distractions.
Besides, you get a simple guided process during backup.
The fact that you don’t get bombarded with everything all at once makes the process seem simple and easy to do.
Best of all, you don’t need much technical knowledge to understand it.
Does it do automated backup?
The backup software makes things even more convenient. It provides automated backup, so you don’t have to back up your data every time manually.
That’s super convenient since you never want to be caught off-guard, just because you forgot to backup your valuable data.
AOMEI Backupper has a flexible scheduler that lets you choose the frequency or even the exact times. You can set a daily schedule if you’re particularly concerned about preserving your precious data. Alternatively, fixed intervals would do.
You can even schedule backup for specific days of the week or dates of the month. It even lets you set an intelligent schedule like the second Friday of the month.
In all this, Windows Task Scheduler launches the backup, which makes it quite reliable.
How compatible is the AOMEI Backupper Standard?
Regardless of how great any software is, if it isn’t compatible with your computer or operating system, it won’t help you at all.
Well, AOMEI’s Backupper Standard 4.6.1 is undoubtedly compatible with every Windows version you may have; ranging from XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, to 10. But, you can’t use it with MacOS.
For the software to function optimally, your computer must have a minimum set of requirements. Fortunately, these requirements aren’t much different from what you would find in most machines nowadays. They include:
- 256 MB RAM
- 500 MHz CPU
- 32-bit and 64-bit architecture
- a pointing device like a mouse
- if you would want to use the software to create a bootable rescue media, your computer should also have a CD-RW/DVD-RW drive
AOMEI Backupper is also compatible with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, 2003, 2008 R2, 2008. That also includes Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011. You can even use it on Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, and Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2. It works on all editions with 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.
Best of all, it’s designed to work effectively on multiple file systems, and different kinds of storage devices.
You’re covered regardless of the type of file or device you have.
The supported file systems include FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, Ext2/3, ReFS, and ExFAT.
And you’ll comfortably use it on nearly all storage devices recognized by Windows, including SATA, IDE, SSD, SCSI, Network Attached Storage (NAS), hardware RAID, USB external disks, among others.
AOMEI Technologies did a splendid job with this software that does a whole bunch of things you would have spent a good bit of money to have them done. The quality is excellent, despite having most of the features free.