EaseUS Todo, despite a name that isn’t very intuitive, is a great backup service. While they aren’t as full featured as some of their competitors, there are some definitive and obvious benefits of using their service to make system backups. While a lot of services try to accommodate as many users as possible with a single software client, EaseUS Todo makes sure to separate their services to accommodate different segments of the market such as home users, businesses, and corporations. Though are obvious benefits to the various versions of their service, we are going to focus on the home version.
The pricing model is very simple and attractive for home users. Believe it or not, they even provide a version that is absolutely free of charge. The best part is that you can use the free version indefinitely. This is a huge plus, because a lot of competitors often have time limits such as a 30-day free trial. Even though we are reviewing the free version of their backup and storage service, users should be aware that they can upgrade the free version as follows:
- 1 computer license: $29.00
- 2 computer licenses: $44.95
- 3 computer licenses: $49.95
Obviously, the three user license offers the greatest value. However, users may want to simply opt for the free version since it will take care of most users’ needs. Furthermore, they offer a smattering of payment options including PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and others.
Given the fact that the service is free, I was admittedly surprised to discover that the service was feature rich (though perhaps not as many features as some of the leading services). That said, the software will take care of just about any Windows user’s needs. Firstly, understand that they do offer cloud backup solutions by integrating with other services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive.
In addition, it’s pretty darn easy to install and use. We’ll dig into the backup options more later, but note that they do offer PC backups, disk cloning, solid state drive migration, and restore capabilities. There is one thing I didn’t like about their features, though. Unfortunately, they don’t support as many operating systems as I would prefer. This is really only a backup solution for Windows users since they only support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.
Last but not least, they are a very international solution that supports languages including Japanese, English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, and Polski.
Their security features are rather short, sweet, and simple. They simply give users the option of encrypting their backups with AES-256 before storage. This is something every user should do before storing their backups with a cloud storage service like OneDrive or Google. Otherwise, someone might get their hands on an entire hard drive’s worth of data.
All in all, the speed wasn’t too bad, though I do wish it were a little faster. I wasn’t running any other intensive background processes during the test, though I did have a text editor open. It took me 19 minutes and some change to backup a 135 MB video file to an external drive, though it would go much quicker for users how have top of the line hard drives with high RPMs and the latest and greatest processor. It did seem to be a resource hog, and my disk usage spiked to nearly 100% during the backup. As a word of caution, full system backup should be allowed to run on their own since it hogs a lot of system resources. However, for partial backups, the speed is not unreasonable.
Data Backup Capabilities
Even though the service is free, their backup capabilities are more than adequate. The following are the main features of their backup capabilities:
- Full system backups to easily (albeit slowly) backup an entire operating system
- Disk imaging that allows a user to backup an entire volume, hard drive, or block of data
- File and folder backups for users that only want to backup portions of their hard drive and select data
- Microsoft Volume Shadow integration that backs up files that are currently in use (sometimes referred to as a hot backup)
- Exact disk copies that will create a bit-for-bit exact copy of your hard drive, volume, or partition (including unused space, fragmented files, etc.)
- Incremental backups that only write changes since the previous backup
- Differential backups that only write changes since the previous full backup
- Backup scheduling features that allow you to set it and forget it
Data Restore Capabilities
With such a wide array of data backup capabilities, you would expect them to have adequate restore features as well. I doubt most users will be disappointed, because the following restore features will be adequate for the majority of home users:
- System restore features that will restore an entire Windows backup – it even includes features to restore from Linux bootable drives and media
- Granular disk restore options that can recover individual files, folders, or entire volumes
- The ability to only recover select files and folders from a whole backup image
- The ability to migrate SSD backups without having to reinstall the Windows operating system
- Operating system independent recovery options to restore systems when the host OS is corrupt
The restore features are actually rather flexible, allowing users to backup an individual file, an entire operating system, or anything in between. Furthermore, they have a nice boot utility that lets users restore an entire system of volume – even if the host OS is unable to boot.
The support is perhaps the biggest letdown with the free version, though it is quite commonplace and understandable that they don’t offer free support. However, users who upgrade the free version to any paid version will gain the support features. They used to offer support for free users, but have since done away with that option.
However, they do offer some resources on their support page for free users including documentation, a solutions guide, how-to resources, and a knowledgebase. But to gain the ability to make sales inquiries, contact technical support, and access online help, users must upgrade.
So what’s the bottom line? Well, I’d have to say that I was reasonably impressed with the free version of their service. The largest drawback is the inability to contact customer support in the event of technical difficulties. So if you’re the type of person that needs to have someone available to help you with any configuration issues or software problems, you have one of two options: either upgrade your account or opt for another service. That said, I think most users would be hard pressed to find a better free backup solution.
- Great backup capabilities
- Granular restore features that give users a lot of flexibility
- It’s free!
- Full disk imaging
- Users can selectively backup data to save time
- No file syncing
- No native cloud storage – only plugs into other existing services
- No support for free users