15 Licenses for EaseUS Todo Backup Home
[Update] All winners have been contacted. If you didn’t win, you can still get EaseUS Todo Backup for free via Trialpay. Here’s the link where you can get the paid version for free: EaseUS Todo Backup Home
Do you back-up? As in making sure that if your computer dies for some reason, you have your important data stored somewhere for easy restore? If you’re not backing up just imagine what happens if all of the sudden you’ve lost everything that you have on your computer – from precious photos that hold warm memories to important documents, for most of us it would equal a digital disaster.
If you think that hard-drives nowadays are more reliable than they were a while back you couldn’t be more wrong. Blackbaze analyzed over 40,000 drives and published a recent 2015 report that shows a frightening picture, there are some drives that have a failure rate as high as 43% as you can see in the graph below (published by ExtremeTech):
If that’s not scary enough for you then consider the other dangers that might result in your data being destroyed:
- Computer viruses. Ransomware especially is as awful as it sounds since it will encrypt your data and hold it “hostage” until you pay a ransom to recover it. Fail to do that and it wipes it completely.
- Fires. This is a special section since it happens more often than you think. Just as of writing this post in California alone there are at least 12 different wildfires (provoked by the drought) that affect hundred of thousands of acres and thousands of houses. Do you think when a danger as big as a wildfire closes in on you there will be time to save your unit?
- Water damage. If you get flooded or even spill water on your unit that’s it, the moisture will “take care” of your drive for good.
- Accidents. From repeated electrical outages to “honey, I accidentally deleted that folder called Documents”, there are so many bad things that can affect the integrity of your drive. There’s also physical damages that can occur when you’re simply moving the unit from one place to another. Not to mention system file corruption caused by improperly shutting down your PC or even deleting some system files by mistake
And I could go on, trust me as I’m an expert in foreseeing bad things. After-all, Murphy says it best that if something can go wrong, IT WILL go wrong. So the best thing to do (as my sex teacher said a while back) is to have protection. That’s why backups are important and they shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s so simple these days to back-up data that you don’t even have to think too much, just install a program, set it to back-up and forget about it.
That’s why this contest is focused on a popular backup program called EaseUS Todo Backup – the Home edition. The prize consists of 15 different licenses that can be won. Each license costs around $30 so this brings the total value for this giveaway to $450. As usual, the conditions for participating in this giveaway are simple:
- Use the widget below to participate. Just log in to get 1 entry or do other actions for extra entries.
- Contest lasts between Wednesday 16-September-2015 (12 a.m. GMT+2) and
Tuesday 22-September-2015Friday 25-September-2015 (11:59 p.m. GMT+2)
- Don’t cheat. If you win you’ll be announced at the end of the contest when I also deliver the keys to winners.
About EaseUS Todo Backup
- System Backup. Your system could crash for several reasons. When that happens you must go through a dreadful re-installation process and that’s time consuming. This is where system backups are useful, as you can have an exact copy of your installed operating system so if something were to go wrong you can easily restore in a matter of minutes instead of spending hours for a re-installation. You can do a system restore not only to the original location but also to a new one if needed. Even if your computer is not bootable, you can use a WinPE bootable media to restore it.
- Disk Imaging. While system backups protect only your operating system, disk imaging protects everything on a particular disk. By anything I mean every block of information that’s on your hard drive. Because it does block-level backups, disk imaging is faster for recurrent backups of large files. Think of a 2GB Outlook .pst file. With a normal data backup program you’d have to back it up entirely every time 1 single email comes in since it would show as modified. This sector-by-sector approach will also take into account the empty space, so this results in a 100% identical copy of the original source. However with block-level backups only that particular email would be back-ed up, drastically reducing the time needed to do so.
- File Backup. Backing-up files/folders is more common than system/disk backups. Mainly because most of the data you work with on a daily basis is basically files: photos, videos, emails, documents, etc. That’s exactly what this does, it will allow you to select what files you want to back-up (individually or entire folders) and it will back them up on a (optional) scheduled basis. You can even back-up files from mapped network drives, useful if you want to back-up multiple computers within the same network.
- Open File Backup. The program integrates with the Microsoft Volume Shadow (VSS) service to back-up files that are in use without the need of closing the programs that use those files. For instance you can back-up Outlook while you have it opened and check your emails. That’s another feature, the fact that Email Backups are available as a separate option to let you back-up emails in Microsoft Outlook or the older Outlook Express.
- Different Backup Types. You can perform full backups (i.e. all files will be backed up, from PC configurations, to operating system files and applications), incremental and differential backups. Incremental backups are particularly useful as it means only the changes since the last backup will be backed-up. This obviously reduces the time and storage used for a backup job. Differential backups are somehow similar to incrementals, just that it will back up all the changes since the last full backup, not only since the previous backup.
- Scheduled Backups. On the principle of set-and-forget-it, you’ll be able to define a backup job, then decide how often do you want it to run and you can schedule it to run automatically. This way you can have backups performed daily/weekly/monthly, or trigger the backups through specific events (user login/logout, PC start/shutdown).
- Recovery & Migration. You can quickly restore your entire Windows operating system from bootable media. Or restore an entire disk image. Lastly you can restore individual files if only a few need to be recovered. While the purpose of backups is having a way to restore data in case of loss, you can also use EaseUS to migrate your system to another new hard drive for instance.
- Backup Management. You can manage your backup jobs and for each of them you can set email notifications to be sent when an event occurs (i.e. backup finished with errors). Backed up files are stored compressed and you can customize that level of compression based on how much storage space you want to save. You can also launch pre/post command line scripts for a backup job (i.e. clean everything in the destination folder before running the backup). Lastly you can use redundancy and store an extra copy of the backup to a remote FTP location in plain or 256-bit encryption.
- Advanced Tools. You can safely migrate your entire system if for instance you plan to add a bigger HDD or upgrade to a fast SSD drive. All backed up files can be explored and you can also check the integrity of the stored backups to be sure everyting would work in case a restore/recover would be needed. You can also create emergency restore media in case your computer won’t boot up anymore, to be able to do a restore from your CD/DVD/USB.
The program comes with many other features and really is fully featured. They also offer a Workstation Edition which basically has the same features as the Home but adds in extra support for backups to tape (medium/large businesses use that), centralized backup management and server-related features.
Are you using or have you used EaseUS Todo Backup in the past (i.e. their free version)? If so feel free to share your feedback in the comment section below. Also, if you want to prepare for (and if) you win a license, you can install a 30-day trial of EaseUS Todo Backup Home.