AOMEI Backupper 2018 Review
Using Windows without having a backup of your data, is quite risky. Many people don’t realize it until is too late, when their computer crashes or their hard drive fails. The more you use your computer, the more and more files will be in your hard disk. Some of these could be really important to you, and if you haven’t backed them up, you may lose them permanently. Unknown websites that you may have opened and files which you download, could all pose a risk.
This is not a problem, if you had already taken a backup, you can just use it to restore the system back to the way it was. That’s why backups are not just a life-saver, but a time-saver too, because you spend less time than you had to instead of re-installing the operating system.
Windows itself has a built-in backup option, but it isn’t very reliable. For example, you cannot restore older versions like Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. What if you could not boot into Windows? How are you going to restore the backup?
This is when using a good third-party backup tool may come in handy. AOMEI is among the top 10 brands in backup software, and then company offers various tools such as the partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant, backup utility – AOMEI Backupper, and the one-click system recovery tool – AOMEI OneKey Recovery.
For backup tasks, you can choose AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI OneKey Recovery. The former is used to do a full scale backup and other optimized tasks. The latter is used to backup & restore the system only, if you don’t plan to spend a lot of time for the backup, you can choose this one, which can help recover system in a short time. In this article, we will focus on AOMEI Backupper. We tested it, and can confidently say that it meets our requirements.
AOMEI Backupper is a Windows backup software, which has been developed by AOMEI Technology since 2013. It is only available for Windows, but comes in a lot of editions: Free Windows backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard and AOMEI Backupper Standard for Win 7, and paid editions like AOMEI Backupper Professional, AOMEI Backupper Server, AOMEI Backupper Technician and AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.
The key difference between the free and paid versions are that, you get free lifetime upgrades for the paid editions. AOMEI Backupper is available in some special editions, such as AOMEI Backupper Free For WNCRY Ransomware v4.0.3 and AOMEI Backupper Free For GDPR Compliance, which have been especially designed to comply with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went in to effect on May 25, 2018. The other difference is that some of AOMEI’s features are exclusive to the premium versions.
AOMEI Backupper supports multiple languages including: English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Turkish. You can choose the language you want to use, during the installation process or later from the application’s settings. We suggest you to download the installer from the AOMEI official website for security reasons. After the installation is completed, a page opens in your web browser, where you can learn more about AOMEI Backupper.
When you run AOMEI Backupper Standard, its home screen will be empty because this is the first time you are using it. Once you have created a backup task, they will be displayed on the home screen of the program. You can check and re-edit the tasks from here directly. How do I start using AOMEI Backupper?
If you want to backup your data, switch to the Backup tab. There are 5 options here: System backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup and file sync. Each task has two primary steps: selecting the target (to be backed up) and the destination (where the backup is saved).
There are several backup settings like the comments, encryption, email notification, compression, splitting, VSS and Intelligent Sector. You can set the backup task to run automatically using the scheduler, so the task runs daily, weekly, monthly, real-time sync or using event triggers. The default option is the incremental backup, but you can change it to the full or differential backup. Once you have configured the backup, click ok to go back to the backup task screen.
If you want to restore the backup, you can find the option on the Home screen, and in the Restore tab. You can also select an image file to restore the data. AOMEI Backupper has options for universal restore, selective file restore, sector by sector restore, and restore from bootable media, if you have created one.
To create a bootable disk or flash drive, you can use AOMEI Backupper’s built-in Create Bootable Media option. You also have some other utilities like the Check Image, Explore Image, Merge Images, Import/Export Configuration, View logs, and AOMEI PXE Boot. The Free System Optimization Tool is made in partnership with IObit. By the way, AOMEI has a standalone free bootable media creation software called AOMEI PE Builder, which you can use along with AOMEI Backupper. AOMEI PXE Boot also has a standalone version.
AOMEI Backupper is not just a backup software, but also a cloning tool. The Clone tab in the interface has options for Disk Clone, System Clone and Partition Clone. System clone can be used for migrating the system to an SSD or another drive. Unfortunately, this feature is only available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and the other paid editions. However, in older versions, this feature can be unlocked for free by using the share option. Maybe you could download the older versions of the application, if you absolutely need it for free.
After five years in the industry, AOMEI Backupper has become a very solid product which has received many rewards and built itself a good reputation in the backup software market. After releasing AOMEI PXE Boot and AOMEI Image Deploy, a new product named AOMEI Backupper Network has been launched. AOMEI Backupper Network is not an edition of AOMEI Backupper, but a completely new product. It is designed to create and manage backup tasks for PCs, laptops and virtual machines within a LAN from a single computer, which can be used as a centralized backup management solution.
AOMEI Backupper Network was in development for about six months, and now the final version 1.0 final has been released for free. In order to cut down backup administration costs and save time, you can use a computer as a central server to start, schedule, stop and monitor remote backup jobs for all the clients (other computers) within the network using AOMEI Backupper Network. The application is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows Home Server 2011 (32/64-bit). You can store and manage images from the client computers using network share or NAS.
AOMEI Backupper Network’s core function can auto scan and list all the online machines in your network, which have the AOMEI Backupper client program installed. To control them, just enter the login information (domain account supported) or send a request. You can create an installation package with the authorization code. Once the client computers have installed the package, the central computer will automatically be authorized to control the client program. The centralized client management function enables you to remotely install, update or uninstall AOMEI Backupper on the computers you’d like to backup.
How to manage the client PCs? It is very easy, you are allowed to divide client computers into different groups such as marketing department, technical dept., art dept., etc. You can also use IP segmentation for the client computers.
You can also add backup tasks to offline computers too, and these will automatically execute the backup task once they’re online. AOMEI Backupper Network provides flexible backup rules, The Disk and partition backups allow you to specify the data that will be backed up, by creating a template based on one of the client computers, or by choosing specified disks, disk number, partition number, drive letters or partition labels to match. It also has backup features similar to that on AOMEI Backupper. So, you can st up a schedule to automatically run full, incremental and differential backups. You can perform an automatic backup daily, weekly, monthly or based on an event such as system startup, system shutdown, etc.
The Complete Backup Settings allow you to customize the backup tasks to your preferences and needs. For example, you can add a comment to the description, encrypt the backup images with passwords, choose the backup compression level to save disk space, split the backup images and so on. If you are a webmaster, we think AOMEI Backupper Network can help you a lot.
AOMEI Backupper products are feature rich. The various editions allow people to choose the right one for their needs. The most popular edition is AOMEI Backupper Standard which you can try, before opting for the advanced editions. Home users can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional, while Business and Enterprise users can try AOMEI Backupper Technician or others. Companies and labs can choose AOMEI Backupper Network. One of the biggest highlights of AOMEI Backupper is that it is simple to use. Everybody can learn the programs features quickly, thanks to its user-friendly design. Backing up your data regularly is also a good habit to get into, and AOMEI Backupper can help you with protecting your data.