Would you rather pay $50 for your backup software, or get it for free? All things being equal, and with the free Aomei Backupper Standard they pretty much are, we’re generally going to opt for the latter. Backupper even sports real-time sync, mirroring files to an external folder whenever changes occur.
A popular and extremely useful product for individuals and business customers in Chechia, Hong Kong, Germany and pretty much everywhere across the globe, Backupper is a bit of a data backup powerhouse from technology company AOMEI.
So what is it? How does it work? Let’s find out in my AOMEI Backupper Review today!
What is AOMEI Backupper Standard?
How many happy memories has your family lost? How much has your business suffered from poor backup solutions. Then, isn’t it time to backup your system, disks, and files so that, once the worst strikes, you’re prepared?
AOMEI Backupper Standard is an all-in-one backup, sync, recovery, and clone software at the very affordable price of: free. It is simple and streamlined for users, regardless of computer know-how.
As long as AOMEI Backupper Standard can meet your need, you’re welcome to use the best backup software free on any of your computers at both home and work for your own use, with no intention to gain commercial advantage or monetary compensation.
- Backup systems and create a system image to keep your Windows and applications safe.
- Backup entire hard disks (HDD), SSDs or specified partitions to create an image file.
- Schedue backups or syncs for your most important files and folders.
- Set and forget with automatic backups or incremental/differential backups to save time and storage.
- Clone a smaller HDD to a larger HDD for disk upgrade, or clone HDD to SSD for better performance.
- Automatic file sync: Set a schedule to automatically sync files from source location to destination daily, weekly or monthly.
Don’t hesitate to check out the next parts of this AOMEI Backupper Review as I’ll show you how powerful it is!
The key features
Let’s take a look at what can AOMEI Backupper Standard do:
- System Backup
Easily backup systems and to make a copy of all contents in the system drive, including the Windows operating system, applications, and custom settings without interrupting your work.
AOMEI Backupper provides a one-key function of system backup for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and other common Windows PC operating systems. It can backup system and boot partitions to an image file conveniently.
Meanwhile, it possesses the function of compression which can reduce the storage space required by the image file to the largest extent.
- File Backup
Quickly backup files to an external hard drive, including office files, photos, videos, documents, games, and programs. Also supports backups multiple files on network or NAS.
With this feature, you can randomly backup your system or even the whole hard disk to external hard drive, Networks, DVD, CD and etc.
- Disk Backup
Create a disk image to backup the entire hard disk. Supports internal disk, external hard drive, flash drive, and other storage device that are Windows recognized.
AOMEI Backupper is an excellent freeware that can help to realize disk backup easily and securely. It supports the three common backup methods as well.
- Partition/Volume Backup
If you only want to backup one or more specified partitions or volumes, not the entire hard disk, this backup freeware allows you to back up partitions or volumes to a compressed image file.
AOMEI Backupper, as a free tool, not only can back up your partition and volume, but also can backup disk. In addition, it provides a one-key operation of system partition backup.
- Automatic/Schedule Backup
Set up a schedule to automatically backup system and data, especially great for users who want to create backups at a lesser frequency or have multiple backup schedules (e.g. daily, weekly, and monthly).
This new Schedule Backup function of AOMEI Backup will greatly help all users, who want to create backups at a lesser frequency or have multiple backup schedules, to backup their PCs and Servers in a more advanced and secure way.
- Incremental & Differential Backup
Once fully backed up, the software enables to only backup changed or new files via incremental and differential backup, saving you time and disk space.
This incremental and differential backup software allows you to incremental backup HDD to external hard drive with ease.
- File Sync
Schedule files/folders to automatically synchronize with a schedule (daily, weekly, or monthly) and always keep your data safe.
AOMEI File Sync, is a new function of AOMEI Backupper, also, is a free utility to synchronize and back up files which are stored in laptop, desktop or external storage device.
Whatever email, digital photos, MP3, etc, they can be synchronized and backed up to the other place easily.
2. Restore & Clone
- System Restore
System restore is just like a piece of cake for AOMEI Backupper-a backup and restore software. Easily restore system partition in native Windows or from bootable disc and ensure system bootable after restoration.
- File Restore
One of the most eye-catching features is File Backup and File Restore. AOMEI Backupper will assure absolute security for your files which have been backed up. With the help of this function, you can simply choose the specific files or folders to restore.
Rapidly restore files and folders that are lost, deleted or corrupted, or restore to an earlier time from backup images.
- Disk/Partition Restore
It can complete both disk/partition/volume restore and backup excellently. Completely restore entire hard disk drive, partition or volume to the point you ever backup. You also can restore disk image to anther HDD or SSD.
- Selective Files Restore
Only restore individual files and folders you need from a backup image file without restoring the entire backup.
AOMEI Backupper provides an approach to realize selective file restore. That is “Image File Explorer”. The image files can be mounted as a virtual partition by this software, and these virtual partitions are similar to those partitions like C:, D:, etc.
- Disk Clone
Clone a hard drive to another without creating an image file. Besides, it supports to clone large HDD to smaller SSD or HDD.
AOMEI Backupper will check out whether the space on destination disk is sufficient or not. If not, this program will prompt you in advance.
- Partition/Volume Clone
Create an exact duplication of your partition or dynamic disk volume, and exactly clone it to another partition or hard drive.
Through its functions, you can easily clone partition / volume to ideal destination partition or drive without interrupting any running programs.
- Explore and Check Image
Mount a backup image as a virtual partition so that you can browse its contents in Windows Explorer. Check backup images integrity to ensure they can be restored successfully.
- Create Bootable Rescue Media
Make a Linux or Windows PE bootable media (CD/DVD disc or USB drive) for backup and recovery. It’s also available for backing up to shared folder and restore from network under bootable environment.
Besides, you can manually add additional drivers when create Win PE bootable media. The bootable CD maker AOMEI Backupper supports creating two kinds of bootable CD or USB Flash Drive.
- Export/Import and Logs
Export all backup tasks stored in an file which can be imported later. View what operations the program has done and record the events that occur during a backup process.
- Email Notifications
Support to set an email address, then, AOMEI Backupper can send the backup results to your email when the backup or the scheduled backup is complete.
Specify an industry leading compression algorithm to compress backup images for taking up less disk space.
AOMEI Backupper provides the function of compression to the image file, which includes three levels: None, Normal and High. The option of “Normal” is set as default.
You can set the compression level according to your own needs during backup.
- Intelligent Backup
Intelligent Backup only backup the used sectors of a disk or a partition to reduce the size of image file and backup time.
- Comment and Edit
Add comments for backup tasks so that they can be easily identified. Let you know what a backup is for or what it contains. Edit backup allows changing the task name and reconfiguring the saved directory of backup images at anytime.
When you do a backup operation, there will be a “Backup Options” in AOMEI Backupper, you could click the option to write a comments to help you distinguish it from others.
Pros and Cons
- Free upgrades for life
- Free version can be used for business purposes to a limited degree
- Specific defence against ransomware
- Clear interface
- Mature, capable, and reliable
- Lots of backup types
- Low price for Professional version
- Discounts for multiple licenses
- 1 License for Professional version covers 2 separate PCs
- Small interface glitches
- Only works on Windows
- Non-business users will not find much use with most of the features (even in the free version)
- Slow backups
The first time you run AOMEI Backupper Free, you’re prompted to take action against the now infamous WannaCry ransomware.
If your system hasn’t yet been compromised you’re advised to use AOMEI’s tools to create a new system, file, disk, or partition backup so you can recover your files without paying for the privilege.
If your PC has been infected, you are promoted to create an image of your system, disk or partition to avoid further data loss before the virus is removed. This is reassuring guidance – particularly if you’ve never used backup software before.
Backupper Standard’s performance was the yin and yang in our roundup. It was the fastest backing up disks and partitions, but easily the slowest backing up sets of files. On the other hand, CPU usage was light, and speed isn’t of much consequence for a task running in the background.
Aomei Backupper Standard has a fairly heavy footprint, spawning three background processes: the core, shadow copy, and a scheduler. We often wonder why companies ignore a perfectly good scheduling app (Window’s own) that’s already running in the background. To be fair, Acronis True Image spawns six background processes.
AOMEI Backupper Standard can back up your entire Windows system as an ISO file, or disc image, which you can burn to a bootable DVD or CD using a free app like ImgBurn.
If you find that your system becomes unstable, or you can’t load Windows, just boot from this disc to restore your system to a stable state. It’s more reliable than Windows’ own System Restore option, and you won’t need to reinstall your operating system, settings and programs from scratch.
You can also use AOMEI Backupper to back up files. There are three types of file backup available: Full, which makes a complete copy of all the selected data. Differential, which makes a copy of all the data that has been added or changed since the last full backup.
Incremental, which makes a copy of the data that has been added or changed since the last backup – whether that backup was full or incremental.
To restore your files, you’ll need the last full backup, as well as either the most recent differential backup, or all incremental backups. With AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can schedule regular backups of your most commonly used files or directories, and save the backups in a location of your choice.
Then, if disaster strikes, you can use the software to restore them all with just a couple of clicks. AOMEI Backupper can test the integrity of your backups once they’re complete, and can shut down your PC automatically once it’s finished.
In total, Although AOMEI Backupper is pretty advanced, I like how simple it is to use. I didn’t run across any settings or features that left me wondering what it did or how to use it.
I also like that you can set up the system partition to be backed up on a schedule. Couple this with the Volume Shadow Copy support and you can keep your Windows partition backed up without any issues.
One minor downside to AOMEI Backupper is the lack of encryption options. In the general settings, you can choose to encrypt the backup set, but that’s the only options. There aren’t multiple encryption options, which is important if you have data you want more protected than other data.
Encryption can make performance slower, which is why you may want a lower encryption on sentimental files and higher encryption on more private files like financial records. But as mentioned, this is a minor issue that most novice users aren’t generally concerned with.
That’s not all! When restoring files from a backup, the window you’re browsing in can’t be resized, which makes for a rather small area to use for selecting what to restore.
Also, the original folder structure remains intact when restoring to a custom folder. There aren’t any settings or options available to change this, which is a bit unfortunate.
I also don’t like that AOMEI Backupper is unable to pause a backup. You’re able to cancel a backup in progress but having the option to simply pause it would be nice.
AOMEI Backupper is an ideal data backup solution for a novice user. The app is designed around the backup and restore processes, with few steps and little room for user error.
It also performed above average in all of our tests and had the best compression rate. This backup app is a great option that’s easy to use and performs well.
Despite being free, there’s little missing from Backupper Standard’s feature set, which includes: imaging, file backup, disk cloning, and plain file syncing. There are a plethora of scheduling options as well as syncing, including the aforementioned real-time synchronization.
Syncing isn’t true back up—it’s keeping a mirror of your important data in another location—a great hedge against losing recent work.
Backupper Standard will image entire drives or partitions, verify them, and mount them so you can grab a few files from one. The pay version adds imaging of dynamic volumes, and merging images—tasks few end users will ever need to perform.
The system cloning offered in the $40 paid version ($50 if you opt for lifetime free upgrades) could be very useful, as could the network boot function. But that’s speaking from an IT perspective.
Aomei provides both Linux and Windows PE boot images, which can be burned to CD or installed on USB drives. You can check all the information here about this free backup software!
AOMEI Backupper Review Conclusion
After testing both AOMEI Backupper Standard and Pro version, I found it is one best Data backup software. It has many features that you will not see in others backup tools. I will highly recommend this because you can use the free version without any restriction.