EaseUS Todo Backup Free can back up to almost any storage device - removable devices, (USB drives, memory cards), hard disks, CD-s and DVD-s, network locations and FTP servers. It can do incremental backups of files and disk images to save disk space. Password protection with AES-256 encryption is supported for enhanced security (in case your backup drive gets stolen) up to version 4.0. Sadly, EaseUS decided to remove the latter options since version 4.5, so if you need security, download the older version as instructed below.
If you have encrypted your hard drives with tools like TrueCrypt, EaseUS Todo Backup Free can still create all kinds of backups, but it creates full disk images on sector-by-sector basis and you cannot restore individual files or folders from full disk image backups. You can still restore files and folders from file backups and restore whole disks using the bootable Emergency Disk, though.
Downloading EaseUS Todo Backup Free 4.0
After downloading and launching, EaseUS Todo Backup Free Setup starts. Click Next to continue.
In case you're upgrading from an earlier version, a warning that another version is installed appears. Click Yes to uninstall the older version and wait until setup continues with the next step.
All your scheduled tasks and images will be usable after the upgrade.
Accept the License Agreement terms by choosing I accept the agreement and clicking Next.
A short overview of the program's capabilities appears. Click Next. These guys really have too many "Next" buttons in their stock!
If you only have one computer and you do not plan to control several PC-s using EaseUS central management (most home users don't), clear the Create a built-in account for centralized management check box. Then click Next.
Default destination location is normally fine, click Next.
Upgraders will meet another prompt because the folder already exists. Click Yes here, this will preserve your settings and backup jobs/history.
From the Additional Tasks, select only Create a desktop icon. Then click another lovely Next button.
Note that the Create a Quick Launch icon item is not displayed on Windows 7 computers.
To make locating and managing backups easier, EaseUS Todo Backup Free Setup offers to select a folder for backups (aka Personal Data).
By default, setup tries to locate an external hard drive and offers to create a folder named My Backups there. If this fails, it offers "C:\My Backups". Of course, the latter is not fine - click Browse to select your external hard drive. You should never back up to the same drive where Windows is installed!
Please note that EaseUS Todo Backup Free supports drives up to 2 TB (terabytes) in size.
Click your external media, and select a sub-folder if necessary. Click OK to accept the drive or folder as the default backup location.
Back in the Select Personal Data Location window, click Next.
The installation takes some time and a new service is installed to keep an eye on any missed backup task. After the setup is complete, you can complete the fields to sign up for news via e-mail. This step is optional.
Clear the View changes of the new version's interface and Get a better service check boxes.
Then click Finish.
Move on to read about setting up automatic file and disk image backups and creating a bootable emergency disk.