I originally reviewed the trial version of Todo Backup Home 6.5 but then I was asked to review the licensed version. So, I am revising and updating my original review to reflect my actual experiences using the licensed version.
The hardware used for this review is an older HP desktop computer (model DC 7600) with the following specs: Pentium 4, 3.2 ghz (with Hyper Threading technology enabled), 4 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive). I have Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 and all of the available security updates installed. I also have an internal network of 5 computers (each with Windows XP Professional installed).
The first thing that I did was download a small installer file (549 KB) from the EaseUs website for Todo Backup Home 6.5 Trial. In order to do so I had to fill in a form with my name and email address. I then received an email with a download link for the installer file. The link to the download is also provided on the webpage. After the installer file is downloaded, double clicking on it will cause the actual exe file that is needed to install the product to be downloaded. The exe file for Todo Backup Home 6.5 Trial is 127 MB.
Once the exe file was downloaded then I double clicked on it to start the installation. I had a previous installation of Todo Backup therefore I was informed that I had to uninstall the previous installation before I could continue. I was asked if I wanted to uninstall it now and this time I clicked no and exited the installation. I decided to manually uninstall my original installation. Concerning installing software, my recommendation is for the user to uninstall the old installation first before beginning the new installation. This more than likely will require a reboot. After the new installation, I recommend another reboot. I believe that this will give better performance for both the computer and the software. After the computer rebooted I then proceeded with the installation of Todo Backup Home.
The installer asked me to set a default location for my backups. The program randomly picks a location but this can be changed by the user (as far as I can tell, the default location cannot be changed afterwards – to me that is annoying). The installation takes a while, so patience is a virtue. When it was finished installing, I was not required to reboot.
After installation, I was then asked to input my license number, which I did.
Then I was asked to create the emergency disks. I started with the WinPE emergency disk. I found that a WinPE component was needed and I either had to load it from my computer or download it from Microsoft. The screen said to press F1 for detailed information (which I did) and then I decided to download if from Microsoft.
Once the WinPE component was downloaded then the program started to create the disk. I chose to have it saved on my computer as an ISO file which I later burned to a CD. I would say that patience is needed for creation of the ISO file (its size is 169 MB).
After the WinPE disk was created then I turned my attention to the Linux emergency disk. The Linux ISO file (its size is 55.6 MB) is already stored on the computer in the \bin\LinuxISO folder so the program will just copy the file to your desired location. I then later burned the ISO file to a CD. I used the CDs to boot the computer.
I discovered to my dismay that the Linux ISO file is copied from the free version of Todo Backup. EaseUs did not create a Todo Backup Home Linux ISO, they only copied it from the free version. This is probably why it won’t perform as it should.
The Linux emergency disk took several minutes to load and while it was booting, the program was so slow in responding that I thought it had froze. While attempting to do a recovery of a previous backup, the program was sluggish. Operations worked but on the slow side. By the way, the Linux emergency disk can only be used for disk/partition recovery, system recovery, disk cloning, or partition cloning. It does not allow for making backups or checking the integrity of backup images (which I think is a bummer). I have Acronis True Image Home 2012 and its Linux emergency CD can perform all backup and recovery functions as well as checking the integrity of a backup image.
The WinPE emergency disk loaded much faster and operations were running much smoother than with the Linux emergency disk. The WinPE disk has most of the functions available; however, it does not recognize my network (just to be fair, when I ran the program from the hard drive it did not recognize my network either). I even utilized the network manager and installed the driver for my network card and the program still did not recognize my network. I read in their support forums that this is a flaw in the program that requires a patch (as a side note, version 6.0 did recognize my network without any patch).
I used the “mail backup” function to backup my email. I use Outlook Express and all of the mail folders can easily be backed up just by copying them to a different location. But I tried the “mail backup” function just for fun. In recovering emails I found that I could recover all of the folders and individual messages in those folders to their original location but I had to do it from the Todo Backup program itself. If I mounted the backup image or viewed the backup in Windows Explorer then I had to work with each email individually; first by saving it to a desired location then by opening the email and moving it to the desired Outlook Express folder. It was a very tedious task that I will not repeat.
I then turned my attention to the Snapshot. It seems that this is similar to the System Restore function of Windows. Anyhow, I enabled it and then after it was finished installing the kernel module I had to reboot the computer. After the computer rebooted, I found that the Pre-OS WinPE environment had been enabled and I then had the option of booting into the EaseUs Todo Backup WinPE environment. If I didn’t want it enabled then I had to disable it in the Tools section of the program (I really don’t like opting out of things).
I booted into the Pre-OS WinPE environment and everything went rather smoothly. My only complaint is that the program will not recognize my network no matter what I try.
As far as the new function of backing up and restoring an Android phone, I will let one of their own tech support people answer the question about how good it is:
This conversation took place on the Todo Backup Support Forum:
“I’ve just attempted the android backup and have two comments:”
“1) – Android backup seems to work well but I’ve noticed that when you select the option to backup images it backs up every image it can find (including ones that are associated with apps) not just photos. I could foresee this causing problems if you try and restore images when you’ve already removed associated apps. Also I’m not sure if this could cause the same issue for other backup types as well e.g documents.”
“2) – Is there some way to view the android backup files? I can normally mount backup images to view their contents, is there any way to do this?”
The answer that was given by Todo Backup tech support:
“At present our Android backup will backup all files it can find on the phone. It is not very smart, we will improve it in the future. About explore the backup files of Android, we are sorry that our product does not support it at this version.”
I don’t own a cell phone so I can’t give you my experiences in the matter.
Overall, I think that Todo Backup Home 6.5 is a good program to use. I have used EaseUs software for many years (the free versions that is) and I want to thank EaseUs for giving me this opportunity to try out their licensed version. It is good to note that EaseUs software can still be installed by users of Windows XP. Thank you EaseUs! I would give this particular software program 4.5 stars out of 5 (mainly because of the network issue).
I think you will find Todo Backup Home 6.5 to be user friendly and easy to learn. This review is not exhaustive by any means and some things a person just needs to experience for himself.
As a final note: If I were to make a suggestion to the developers it would be concerning the disk and partition images. I would like to see an option for restoring the images by right clicking on them and choosing to restore the entire image from Windows Explorer.
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