I’ve told you before about great backup software like Acronis True Image and Laplink, but today I’m going to clue you in on a well-regarded program that happens to be free. As they say, you can’t beat the price.

AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0.6 is available by clicking here. 

When you arrive at the landing page, you have the option of downloading the Freeware or upgrading to the Pro version. For most home users, the Pro really isn’t necessary.

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Depending on your browser, you may be given a choice to run or save. (click run if you do.) Or it may download directly to your download file, where you can click to run and begin the installation. Follow the instructions of the installation wizard. On my PC, it took less than a minute to install.

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So what can this free version do?

Easily backup system to make a copy of all contents in system drive, including Windows operating system, applications and custom settings without interrupting your work. As you can see from the screenshots, the interface is clean, simple, and easy to navigate.

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Backup entire hard disk (HDD), SSD or specified partitions to create an image file. Fully create a disk image to backup entire hard disk. Supports backup to internal disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives and other storage devices that can be recognized by Windows.

Rapidly backup files to an external hard drive, such as office files, photos, videos, documents, games, and programs.  It also supports backup multiple files on network or NAS.

Set and forget with automatic backup, incremental/differential backups to save time and storage.

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Clone a smaller HDD to a larger HDD for disk upgrade, or clone HDD to SSD for better performance.

It also features real-time file sync that monitors files for changes and synchronizes new added, modified or deleted files from source to target path as soon as the change has occurred.

As you can see, it does a whole lot.

If this backup business is slightly confusing to you, you’ll appreciate the extensive tutorial section found by clicking here. It offers instructions for doing various tasks in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. The instructions are detailed and feature lots of screenshots of what’s happening to make it easy.