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The following is a list of different available Backup Software programs.  
Please note that Malwarebytes does not endorse any of these programs.
In today's digital World it is imperative that users backup their data.  All too often users get infected or have hard drive failures and lose their data.
It is highly recommended that you have at least a backup to an external device such as a USB drive for all of your important data.  It is also recommended that you do not keep the backup drive connected to the system all the time.  It should only be connected to do the backup and then once the backup has completed disconnect the drive.  The reason for this is that if your computer were to become infected and the backup drive was connected then the infection could potentially infect, delete, or encrypt your backup as well.  Never connect the backup drive to the computer if you suspect that you might potentially have an infection.  Make sure the infection has been removed before connecting the backup drive otherwise again you could easily infect the backup and lose all your backed up data as well.   For highly critical data it is recommended that you have more than one backup copy of that data.  You need to also periodically test and confirm that you're able to recover your data.  There are many posts on the Web where users have been backing up data for years but never tested restoring it. Then when an emergency struck and they went to restore their data they found out that either the restore just did not work, or that some or all of the data was corrupted.  Don't be caught out in the cold - get your data backed up and keep it backed up frequently.  There are certainly Pros and Cons to online Cloud backups but it is an option for some users and again, it should not be your only backup and you may want to encrypt it locally before uploading to the Cloud.  Regardless of which backup you use if you do decide to encrypt the data then you need to make very sure that you do not forget the password.  Most backup software makes available encryption that cannot be decrypted by any publicly known methods. If you forget your password and you've used encryption then you've lost the data.

Many of the programs below are not free. Those that are free often require online validation or constant Internet access to function. For ease of use after testing several programs I believe the Macrium Reflect is probably the best free version for the average home user. For ease of use and low cost, Acronis True Image is probably the best paid program choice for the average home user. These are only recommendations for those users that do not want to take the time to download and test all the various versions but do need something to backup their data.
Data Backup Software

  • Macrium Reflect- Probably the best ( Feb 2023 NO LONGER FREE) version for the average home user.  The product is no longer free but is still an excellent program (Techspot still has a link for it - just enable a content blocker like Malwarebytes Browser Guard before visiting the link )

How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

How to create a full backup of Windows 10 using Macrium Reflect

Cloning a disk using Macrium Reflect 8

Configuring a backup with Macrium Reflect 8

Macrium Drive Image and Restore

Cloud Backup Software

Snapshot and Imaging Backup

Disk and Partitioning


Data Recovery Software

Stellar Data Recovery
Recover up to 1GB of data free

Program history

Data Recovery Wizard by EaseUS
Recover up to 2GB for free You can restore up to 500MB with this free software, or up to 2GB if you click the share button in the wizard!

Disk Drill Basic
Disk Drill offers free data recovery within 500 MB. With almost all modern versions of Windows supported, Disk Drill is also available for Mac OS X.

GetDataBack Pro Data Recovery

Free lifetime update promise

GetDataBack comes with free updates for the lifetime of the software. Unlike competitors who require you to buy a new version every year,
our first GetDataBack customers from 2001 are still enjoying the latest versions of our software! Customers who bought GetDataBack for FAT, GetDataBack for NTFS,
or GetDataBack Simple in the past can use their existing license key for GetDataBack Pro.

Hetman Partition Recovery


Mac Data Recovery Guru

PhotoRec, Digital Picture and File Recovery


OnTrack EasyRecovery

Recoverit Data Recovery for Windows

Phoenix File Rescue


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Sadly, had to remove Cobian Backup from the list. It is a great little piece of backup software but the original author sold the program to someone else that it looks like they decided to put it in a wrapper to monetize more money out of it.

Please do not download the Cobian Backup software from that site anymore as it now comes with some type of wrapper.



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Macrium Product Support Policy




Macrium Reflect Free Product - End Of Life (EOL)

Macrium Reflect Free v8.0 is the last version to receive feature, compatibility or bug fix updates.

Will future security vulnerabilities be fixed? Yes, security patches will still be provided until 1st January 2024. After that date we will no longer provide any changes to the v8 Free code base.

Can I continue to use Macrium Reflect Free? Yes, you can continue to use the software in perpetuity, your license to use the software is unaffected.

Will Macrium Reflect Free have any new features or updates for future Windows versions? Macrium Reflect Free v8.0 supports Windows XP SP 3.0 up to, and including, Windows 10 & 11 version 22H2. There will be no new features or support for later Windows operating system updates..






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Macrium Reflect

Creating a backup image of your computer, drive or partitions

Creating rescue media

Re-deploying Windows to new hardware using Macrium ReDeploy

Cloning a disk



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