Important files in folders, entire partitions and even entire hard drives contain data that can be damaged by viruses or otherwise corrupted. For this reason, it is necessary to have a flexible backup and to be able to easily restore or view it when needed. Now that Ghost is obsolete, we can use EASEUS Todo Backup, a data backup and recovery software, to accomplish these tasks.
Tip: EASEUS Todo Backup has a free version and a family version (paid). The free version has basic backup and restore functions and can handle daily backup and restore tasks. When installing the software, you need to select a folder to save your backup files (Figure 1).
1. System Backup Timing of your choice
If you want to backup your system, click the “System Backup” button in the main interface of the software (Figure 2).
In the next backup wizard window, select the system to be backed up (if there are multiple systems, they will be listed in the list), specify the location of the target backup file, the name of the backup you plan to use, and then click the “Execute” button to start the system backup task (Figure 3).
The above is the most basic system backup method, using the default basic settings of the software. For more in-depth customization of backups, you can use the “Backup options” button and the “Image retention policy” link for more detailed settings.
Click the “Backup options” button and select the backup file compression level and splitting method in the “Space” settings field of the Backup options window (Figure 4).
The higher the compression level you choose, the smaller the backup file will be, but the longer it will take. If you select “Auto” for the splitting method, the software will decide whether to split the compressed files or not based on the remaining space on the target media. For example, if the target is a hard disk with sufficient space, the zip file will not be split; and if the target is a removable media (such as flash disk or CD), the zip package will be split according to the free capacity of the media for media switching and multi-volume processing.
If the system backup archive is to be kept confidential, click the “Encrypt” tab to enter the password for encryption. During the backup process, if there are other tasks to be performed, you need to lower the backup priority level through the “Performance” tab to give CPU space to other tasks; if the backup is done through the network and there are other tasks on the local machine occupying the bandwidth, you can use the “Network transfer speed ” slider to limit the speed of network usage (Figure 5).
Tip: If you have file types that you do not want to back up, you can set the exclusion settings via the File Exclusion tab. The Advanced Settings tab allows you to choose to back up on a sector-by-sector basis.
In addition, click the “Mirror save policy” button, and in the policy settings window, you can choose how long to save the mirror and how many mirrors to save, as well as whether to keep the first mirror all the time and whether to save the mirror by mirror merging (Figure 6).
For automatic backup on time, click the “Schedule” link in the lower left corner of the backup window and set the backup schedule time and backup method. You can choose to backup on time at once, or on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, or when an event occurs. You can choose incremental backup or differential backup (Figure 7).
After backup, if you want to restore the system, you can directly select the “Select Image to Restore” button on the main interface of the software and select the previously saved image to restore the system.
The above backup is only for system backup. If you want to back up a disk or a volume, you can do so by selecting the “Disk/Volume Backup” item from the menu in the upper left corner of the software. If you want to back up some folders, select the “File Backup” option in the software menu to back up.
Tip: Check the files in the backup image
In the toolbox of EASEUS Todo Backup there is a tool “Check image”. Select the .pbd image file and open it with the “Browse” button to see the files in the image. The supported image files can be located locally, in a network file or in a NAS device (Figure 8).
2. Performing disk cloning and system cloning
If you want to perform a quick clone of a disc or a partition, you can select “Clone” in the left software menu, then select the “Source” disc or partition in the cloning window, then select the target disc or partition through the wizard and perform the cloning operation (Figure 9).
To clone the current system as it is, click on “System Clone” in the software menu to do so. This operation should be done after upgrading to Home Edition, the free version does not support this operation.
Tip: Creating an emergency disk and data wiping
If you want to deal with the embarrassment of recovering from a corrupted system, you can select the “Create Emergency Disk” tool in advance to create an emergency boot disk. If you want to completely destroy the data in the used hard disk, you can use the “Erase Data” tool.