Windows Backup and Restore Alternatives

    Windows Backup and Restore is described as '(formerly Windows Backup and Restore Center) is a component of Microsoft Windows introduced in Windows Vista and included in later versions that allow users to create backups and restore from backups created earlier' and is an app in the Backup & Sync category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Windows Backup and Restore for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is rsync, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows Backup and Restore are GoodSync (Freemium), Déjà Dup (Free, Open Source), Time Machine (Free) and DirSync Pro (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 5, 2020

    1. rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate.
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      rsync vs Windows Backup and Restore opinions
      This alternative is disputed. rsync is still a legitimate alternative to Windows Backup and Restore, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      rsync can be used for backup, but it isn't a backup tool in its own right.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      It's not a backup tool and it's not even for Windows
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Windows Backup and Restore is exclusively for Windows. rsync is not for Windows. Other than that, they're relatively similar and rsync is probably better.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    2. GoodSync is a high-end professional easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software. The software automatically backs up and syncs your files between any computer, mobile device or drive; with or without using the cloud.
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    3. Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool. It hides the complexity of doing backups the Right Way (encrypted, off-site, and regularly) and uses Duplicity as the backend.
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    4. Time Machine is the breakthrough automatic backup that’s built right into Mac OS X. It keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on your Mac — digital photos, music, movies, TV shows, and documents. Now, if you ever have the need, you can easily go back in time to recover anything.
      Time Machine vs Windows Backup and Restore opinions
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      Time Machine is exclusively for MacOS and Windows Backup and Restore is exclusively for Windows.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    5. DirSync Pro is a small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Use DirSync Pro to easily synchronize files from your desktop PC to your USB-stick.
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    6. Automatic Data Loss Protection for Your Small Business $10 USD per month per computer.
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    7. Duplicacy is a new generation local and cloud backup tool that supports cross-computer deduplication. It is free for personal use and source code is available to commercial users.
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    8. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux work with Veeam Availability Suite to deliver Availability for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud — from a single management console, extending Veeam’s leadership position from being the best for VMware vSphere...
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    9. Areca Backup is a file backup software which can be run on Windows or Linux. It creates backup copies (which can be encrypted and compressed) of your files and stores them on external drives, USB keys, FTP servers, supporting incremental, differential and full backups.


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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      A graphical interface for the Rsync engine that will synchronise files between two computers either locally or over the internet. The beauty of Rsync is that it only transfers the exact part of a file that has changed (differential synchronisation), saving bandwidth and time.
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