How many of you regularly back up files? Well, I don’t; and lots of others might not either as serious hardware issues are unlikely and folders don’t often mysteriously disappear. However, in the business domain backups are more essential; and it can still be a good idea to back up more essential documents and files of your own just in case.

Windows 10 does have its own backup tools. However, those tools have limited scheduling and optimization options. So consider adding some of these freeware and commercial backup software packages to your desktop or laptop.

AOMEI Backupper (recommended)

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AOMEI Backupper has an extensive set of settings for backups. This is a utility with a freeware, Pro and Server version. The standard package alone will be sufficient for most, and you can add it to Windows 10 by pressing the Download Freeware option on this page. The Professional version is retailing at $49, and that includes extra command line utility and disk space management options.

With AOMEI Backupper you can easily set up a system image backup for Windows 10 OS partitions. For that, the software includes a quick wizard that will guide you through the steps required. Furthermore, it also enables you to create a disk image, otherwise an exact copy of your hard disk, which can come in handy for system migration or OS deployment. The software also includes full, incremental and differential options for more regular backups.

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AOMEI Backupper includes options for you to set up regular backup schedules. Consequently, with those settings you can set up a schedule for automatic backups if required. You can schedule those to run at shutdown or startup and set up multiple backup schedules.

The utility also has handy extra encryption and compression options. They enable you to set up passwords and compress the backups. It’s additional comment and edit options, with which you can add notes and reconfigure the backup directories anytime, also come in handy.

Acronis True Image 2017

Acronis True Image 2017 is another highly-rated backup utility for Windows 10 and other platforms. This software is currently retailing at $49.99, but has no freeware version. Acronis also provides cloud storage for backups.

The software’s website rightly boasts that Acronis True Image 2017 is the “fastest and easiest personal backup software.” One of the great things about the utility is that it’s so easy to set up and restore a full image backup with it. Just a couple of clicks are needed to set up the full image backup and only a few more clicks restore that to an alternative drive.

Aside from all its backup and recovery options, end-to-end encryption, automatic compression, custom commands, advanced disk tools, automatic backup splitting and disk cloning, Acronis True Image 2017 also boasts speed. It’s one of the fastest utilities for backing up to external hard drives and Apple Time Machine.

EaseUS Todo Backup 

EaseUS Todo Backup is a utility that has had some rave reviews. This is also a software package that has multiple versions. It has a freeware, TodoBackup Home ($29.20) and Todo Backup Workstation ($39.20) version. 

One novelty of EaseUS Todo Backup is its Smart Backup function that automatically backs up your desktop files, Documents folder and browser favorites. It also does scheduled differential backups every 30 minutes.

The software has an immense array of backup options. With it you can do system, Windows partition, file, sector-by-sector, incremental, scheduled, full and differential backups. Furthermore, it provides extra backup options for encryption, splitting and compression that certainly come in handy.

Comodo BackUp

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Comodo BackUp is one of the most flexible backup software packages for Windows 10. The software enables its users to back up to their local or networked drives, DVD/CD, USB sticks, FTP or cloud storage. The freeware version provides you with 10 GB of cloud storage for about three months, but after that there’s a $7.99 per month subscription.

Comodo includes options for setting up full drive image backups, but you’ll also need the Windows Automated Installation Kit to make the system backups. Furthermore, you can back up files, partitions, drives and directories with full, incremental or differential backup types.

Another good thing about Comodo BackUp is its integration with Windows File Explorer. As it integrates with File Explorer, you can start the backup wizard from file and folder context menus. The CBU BackUp and Online BackUp options are both handy context menu shortcuts.

Pipemetrics Bvckup 2

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Pipemetrics Bvckup 2 is a reliable, fast software package with a slick UI that has also had rave reviews. The program strives for simplicity, yet still bags numerous backup options and settings. It has a Personal and Pro version retailing at $19.95 and $39.95.

Backup speed is the best thing Pipemetrics Bvckup 2 has going for it. The software’s algorithm, otherwise Delta copying, checks parts of the original file against those of its current backup copy and only copies changed parts. In addition, it doesn’t compress the files or do any cloud backups. Consequently, the utility does the backups somewhat faster than most alternatives.

With this software you can do real-time, scheduled and manual backups. It also enables you to copy both open and locked files with Shadow Copy. Overall, it’s a great tool for specific data backups; but for system backups there are better alternatives.

Those are five of the best backup software packages for Windows 10. They’ll probably have all the tools and options you’ll need for backups.