AOMEI Backupper is a system utility software that ensures in providing a complete and reliable backup solution for your Windows PC without loss of any data. With AOMEI Backupper, you no longer need to worry about the risk of restoring your PC back to normal after a major disaster.
Apart from providing an effective backup of your system, the software also allows you to sync files and folders in an efficient way and keeps them safe and secure. The software also provides three different types of backups namely full, differential and incremental.
The software offers effective restore feature which allows you to restore your system back to normal using the backups taken in case of a major disaster or OS crash. The software also allows you to schedule backups on specific days that will run automatically without any user intervention.
I have been using the Pro version of AOMEI Backupper and I will try to figure out the pros and cons of the software in this review.
How simple is the installation process?
There are two parts involved in the installation of the Aomei Backupper in your PC. The first part is to download the software and the second part is the actual installation process.
Once you open the application setup file that you have downloaded from the official website, it will prompt you to download the actual setup file which is around 95 MB in size. So you need an active internet connection to proceed with the installation process.
After the download is completed, you can start the installation process by clicking on the ‘Run’ button. Then you need to accept the terms and conditions and click on the install button to start the installation process which takes only a few seconds to complete. You can then start using the software for taking backups and syncing your files and folders.
What are the features does the AOMEI Backupper offers?
AOMEI Backupper offers features and tools that allow you to take effective backup of your entire system and restore your system back to normal using the backups taken. The software also offers other features that add value to the software. Let’s take a look at the features it offers.
- Backups your entire, system, hard disk, files or folder and create an image file of the backup and keep your Windows safe and secure.
- Sync all your files and folders with all the latest modifications and keep them up-to-date.
- Schedule backups to run automatically on specific days without any user intervention.
- The software offers three different types of backups namely Full, differential and incremental each taking backup in a specific manner.
- The restore feature allows you to restore your system or files to an earlier point of time using the backups taken.
- The System Clone feature allows you to clone your OS from HDD to SSD, SSD to SSD, HDD to HDD, SSD to HDD etc. without having to reinstall the operating system and applications.
- Command line utility allows you to perform backups, restore and clone operations using command line prompt or by creating batch scripts.
- The software also lets you compress your backups and encrypt them by giving passwords to the backup image files.
How simple is the user interface of AOMEI Backupper?
The user interface of AOMEI Backupper is very simple and can be used by anyone without any complexity. The entire software is divided into 4 sections based on the core features the software offers. You can access each of these features by switching over to the corresponding section of the software. The below guide will help you how to use the software for taking backup and performing restore operations.
In the home screen, you can find a list of all the backups taken. It also has a ‘New Backup’ button which when clicked will take you to the backup section where you can take backup of your system or files.
Now let’s discuss in detail about the 4 sections of the software.
This section of the software provides features and tools that allows you to take backup of your system, hard disk, partitions, files, and folders. The section also provides access to the file sync feature which allows you to backup folders by syncing the files in real time.
First, decide the thing (System / hard disk/ partition/files) that you wish to take backup and then click on the respective backup. I choose to back up a folder present in my PC, so I selected the File Backup option.
Now provide a name for your backup task and then select the folder or files which you like to take backup by clicking the ‘Add Folder’ button. Also, select the destination location where you would like to save the backup.
Now choose the file by using the browse button. You can also filter the settings and choose the file types that you want to take backup and the ones that you wish to exclude in the backup process.
You can also schedule this backup to run on another day by checking the ‘Schedule’ button and then entering the day and time on which you want the scheduled backup to run.
You can also select the backup scheme that you want to use for this backup by checking the Scheme button. The software provides 3 different backup schemes namely Full backup, Incremental backup, and Differential backup.
The full backup scheme will retain all the backup image files that you mention at the beginning. Once the specified number reaches, the older image files will be deleted to accommodate the new ones.
In the incremental backup scheme, the backups will be stored in groups and once the latter group gets full, the former group will be removed. A group consists of a full backup and multiple incremental backups.
The differential backup scheme is similar to that of a circular queue where the old backup will be deleted to accommodate a new backup once the backup queue is full.
After making all the necessary selections, click on the ‘Start Backup’ button to start the backup process. The backup process takes time depending upon the size of the folder. For me, it took only 2 minutes to take a backup of 1 GB folder.
Also please remember not to perform any other task when the backup is in progress as you may experience some slowdown in the performance of the system.
Similarly, you can use the other backup options like system backup, partition backup and hard disk backup following the above steps.
Similarly, for file sync, you need to mention both the folders that you wish to sync and click on the ‘Start Sync’ button to start the file syncing process.
In this section, you can restore your system or files back to a previous state using the backups taken. You can see a list of backups available which you can use to restore.
To test if the restore works properly, I have deleted a couple of folders in the backup folder that I have taken in the previous section. So there are only two folders there which you can see from the screenshot below.
Now, I select the folder backup taken earlier and try to restore it. Now click on the Next button to start the restore process.
Now select the backup point of the folder backup and then click Next.
Now select the files or folders that you wish to restore. You can either restore the entire folder or only selected files. I chose to restore the entire folder.
Now choose a location where you would like to restore either to the same original location or to a new location on your PC.
The restore process now starts and it takes only a couple of seconds to complete restoring a 1 GB folder. You can now find the deleted files and folders were restored back in the folder.
Aomei Backupper allows you to clone your system, hard disk or partition.
Disk clone is a process of copying the contents present in your hard disk with the exact settings and saving it as an image file which can be later used to restore your hard drive. It can also be used to recreate your computer configuration on another computer.
First, click on the clone operation that you wish to perform.
Now select the disk that you wish to clone.
Then select the destination disk where you would like to save the clone image of the source disk. Please note that the source and destination disk must be different. Finally, click on the Next button to start the cloning process.
Please remember that the data and files present in the destination disk may be lost once the clone process completes. So it is advised that you take backup of the destination disk before carrying out the cloning process.
In this section, you get access to various additional tools that act as a supplement for the backup tool.
Check Image tool allows you to check the contents present in the backup image file.
Create Bootable media ensures in creating a bootable media on a CD/DVD drive or USB drive that can be used in an emergency to boot your Windows PC.
AOMEI Centralized Backupper lets you take backup of multiple computers and perform restore operations connected in a network from a single PC.
Explore image tool allows you to browse the files present in the image backup by mounting it to a virtual partition.
Merge Images tool will help you in merging multiple incremental backups into a single backup.
AOMEI PXE Boot Tool lets you perform backup and restore operations on multiple computers connected in a LAN network by using the bootable environment (Windows PE or Linux micro-system).
View Logs allows you to see the complete details of all the backup, restore and clone operation performed on your PC using the software.
For any assistance regarding the function of the software, you can access their Tutorials by clicking the User manual or Tutorials button present under the Menu option. You can also use the online help to contact their support team if you face any issues with the software.
What do others say about the software?
Aomei Backupper has got many good reviews over the internet which is really a big plus for the software as it increases the trust factor on the software. Almost all the reviews have praised the backup speed of your system and files and its simple user interface.
Similarly, the user comments and reviews were also good and positive. Almost all the users except a very few have appreciated the software for taking backups of their system in an effective manner. I could not find any major user complains about the overall performance of the software.
Please find below some of the positive comments about the software that I came across on the internet.
“The most convenient way to back up your whole Windows system, or just your most important files. If you don't already have a backup system in place, it's ideal.” – TechRadar
“Very Reliable. Did a disk clone where other Software failed. Backup software HAS to work. This software works reliably – I would have no trouble trusting this software with my data. GREAT PRODUCT and THANK YOU to the publisher for making it available.” – User
What are the limitations in the Standard Version of AOMEI Backupper?
AOMEI Backupper offers two different versions of the software namely Standard and Professional. While the standard version is free, you need to buy the professional version. Though usually there will be many limitations in the free version of the software, AOMEI stands apart here.
There are no limitations in the core feature of the software in the Standard Version and you can access all the important features like backup, restore, clone etc. without any restriction. The only difference between the standard and the professional version is the presence of business-related features in the later one.
There is also a trial version available for the AOMEI Backupper PRO. You can use the software for free for a period of 30 days. After that, you need to buy the software.
So if you tend to use the software for a personal use, then the standard version is more than enough as it offers all the core features. Please find below the list of features that you might not have access in the standard version.
- File Filter
- Edit Partitions on Disk
- Backup / Restore Dynamic disk volumes
- Event-Triggered Backups
- PXE Boot tool
- Backup Scheme
- Merge Backups
- Command Line Utility
- Universal Restore
- System Clone
What is the price of the software?
The price of AOMEI Backupper Professional is $49.95 with free lifetime upgrades per license and $39.95 without lifetime upgrades per license. The license is valid for use in 2 PC’s and not more than that.
Free lifetime upgrades entitle you to get upgraded to the latest version for free as and when it releases. If you do not opt for the free lifetime upgrades, then you need to pay if you wish to upgrade to a new version.
Apart from the Pro version, there are 3 other versions of AOMEI Backupper namely AB Server, AB Technician, and AB Technician Plus and their prices are $199, $499, and $899 with free lifetime upgrades respectively.
You can also get an additional 5% offer if you first download the trial version and then buy the licensed version by clicking the purchase link present in the software.
The software provides a 90-day money back guarantee for its customers which entitles them to claim a refund if not satisfied with the software performance.
Verdict and Conclusion:
Thus AOMEI Backupper offers a complete backup solution for your Windows PC which allows you to take backup of your system, hard disk partition, files and folders in an effective way. You can also restore your system back to normal using the backups taken.
Other features like clone system, create a backup image, compress and encrypt backups make it worth the money. The only negative seems to be slow down in PC performance when the backup is in progress. So the software is best suited for anyone who wishes to have a good backup software for their personal computer.