Configure EaseUS Todo Backup Free in Windows
Please remember to connect the external drive you dedicated for backups before launching the program.
In case you do not know where to put backups or how much disk space you need, read the Backup and restore Windows article first.
If you are using an external hard disk for backups, there is a chance that it is formatted using FAT32 file system. This might mean errors and failures during backups, because FAT32 file system does not support creating files larger than 4 gigabytes (GB). Please convert the file system to NTFS before backing up - instructions are here.
If you have not yet opened the backup program, minimize all open windows using keyboard shortcut Windows Key+M and double-click the EaseUS Todo Backup Free icon on Desktop.
In Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8,1, this will spawn User Account Control. Click Continue or Yes.
In case you see an update prompt, click Download and Install to perform the update. This might take several minutes to complete.
After the process completes, you have to relaunch the program. Click Restart now.
While EaseUS Todo Backup Free 7.0 has many backup types, I recommend using only the Disk/Partition Backup. You can use the backup images for recovering the whole disk or certain files.
While the brand new Smart Backup feature is wonderful for backing up important files, but those having sensitive data may see the lack of encryption and password protection as a big red stop sign.
Click Disk/Partition Backup on top left of program window.
In the top part of Disk/Partition Backup window, select the whole hard disk that contains your Windows installation (usually with drive letter C:). Do not leave any partitions on the disk unchecked, as Windows Vista and newer store boot information on a different partition than the one where Windows is installed.
In case you're backing up a drive or partition that is fully encrypted with TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt, DiskCrypt or any other non-BitLocker data loss prevention software, you must tick the Sector by sector backup check box. Such partitions are listed as (Unformatted).
This backup type makes sure you can restore the whole disk or partition image, but beware: you cannot restore individual files or folders from encrypted drives and partitions.
Use File History in Windows 8 and 8.1 or Previous Versions in Windows Vista and 7, or set up a File Backup task in order to be able to recover files and folders.
BitLocker-encrypted drives and partitions can be backed up normally, and they have the (BitLocker) label.
If you have more internal disks and your backup drive has sufficient space, you can select these too.
Do not select your external drive here, this will be the backup destination!
Double-check that the Destination field contains a path on your external drive that is dedicated to backups. If not, click the rightmost button and set the correct destination location. Please note that Easeus Todo Backup Free supports NAS devices and cloud services (OneDrive/SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox), too. You need to have a cloud service client program/app installed to use it for backups - but please make sure you do have enough available space on the cloud service.
You can also set your custom Plan name and Description, but defaults are fine, too.
Next, click Schedule: Off on bottom left of Disk/Partition Backup window.
In the Backup scheme window, set Schedule Type to Daily and set a Time when your PC is most probably turned on, but not in heavy use.
Backup method is Incremental by default, and this is good for reducing disk space usage and the amount of time that backups take to complete.
The Run missed backup at system startup if computer is shutdown check box is also ticked by default. Enter your Windows account Password to let missed backups run automatically. You might want to create a separate administrative user account for backups if you change your password regularly (this is a key component of security best practices).
Then click to expand the Image reserve strategy section.
By default, EaseUS Todo Backup Free tries to manage disk space on destination drive automatically by deleting older incremental backups if the drive is nearly full.
If the backup destination disk has limited space, you might need to tick the Enable image reserve strategy and Don't delete the first image check boxes. Next, either set a time window in days, weeks or months by choosing the I will preserve no more than option, or set the number of backups to keep by selecting the I will preserve the last option.
Click Save after making changes.
Back in the Disk/Partition Backup window, click Backup options.
Because compression level in Space section is already set to the recommended level by default, click to expand the Encryption section. Put a check mark in the Set Password box. Then type a new password into the Type password and Confirm password fields. Do not set the password the same as your Windows password! Learn about making up good passwords in Creating strong passwords article and use the free Password Safe to store and auto-fill your user names and passphrases securely.
International users should be aware that only U.S. keyboard layout is available during Linux-based disk image restore process - so please do not use very special characters here!
The passphrase enables AES-256 encryption to keep your external backups safe. Please note that password is the only option you cannot change or unset later by editing the backup plan.
Expand Performance section and set the Priority slider to Low on slower PC-s. This means that backups take longer time to complete, but you can still work normally on your computer during the process. On faster computers, move the slider somewhere between Low and Medium.
You can also change performance settings later by editing the backup plan.
Click Save in the Backup options window and then click Save again in Disk/Partition Backup window. Your backup plan is now ready.
What's next? You need to actually run the first backup unless it is scheduled to start within the next few minutes. To do that, click Backup button in EaseUS Todo Backup Free main window and choose the Full Backup option.
When a scheduled backup starts, fails or finishes, you will see a notification above Taskbar Notification Area (aka System Tray) for this.
While a scheduled backup is running, EaseUS Todo Backup icon appears in Taskbar Notification Area. To stop a backup in progress, right-click the icon, select End backup progress from the menu and click the name of the active backup task.
The first backup might take several hours to complete, depending on performance of your drives and the amount of data to back up. Incremental backups are much faster, lasting from a few minutes to half an hour (unless you've added tens of gigabytes of files since the last backup schedule).
The rescue/emergency disk comes handy when your computer is unable to start because of deleted system files or physical failure of the hard disk containing Windows. In the latter case, you need to buy a new one and then restore disk image onto it.
You can create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD for this purpose. Insert the media now, and please remember that all data on it will be erased permanently.
In EaseUS Todo Backup Free main window, click Tools and select Create Emergency Disk.
You can create WinPE- or Linux-based bootable media with Todo Backup Free. The WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) option is preferred, as it provides more recovery options. You need about 1 gigabyte (GB) of disk space for downloading the required files.
Please note that PreOS selection also depends on the type of Emergency Disk created. If you have not yet created a bootable media, or created a Linux-based media, the Enable PreOS command creates a more limited Linux-based entry in operating system selection menu of Windows.
To create a full-featured WinPE environment option with the Enable PreOS command, you must create a Windows PE-based emergency media on the PC first.
Click the here link in Create WinPE emergency disk section.
As most Windows PC-s do not have the components for WinPE installed, EaseUS Todo Backup Free offers to download these. Click Proceed to get the required files. This will take some time, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
Next, choose the bootable media type and click Proceed. I will walk through the process of creating a bootable USB drive, but CD/DVD process is very similar.
Todo Backup warns that the drive will be formatted (all data on it will be deleted). Click OK to continue.
After the process is complete, click OK.
WinPE builder window remains open, click Cancel and OK to exit.
Store the Emergency Disk in a safe, dry place, away from direct sunshine and too much heat or cold. I also suggest testing out a few first steps in the Restore disk image using EaseUS Todo Backup Free in Windows article to verify that your rescue disk is working properly and that you are able to access your external drive.
You can also enable boot-time PreOS selection screen that works well in cases where Windows files are damaged or deleted, but hard drive is physically intact.
If your backup plan fails for some reason, click Advanced button and choose Edit in the verify the plan's settings. Most common mistakes are a wrong destination folder or a wrong Windows user password.
The options are exactly the same as in creating a new backup, and you can change everything except for Password/Encryption options.
If the plan is password-protected/encrypted, you'll have to type in the passphrase.
You can and should check the results of a backup plan by clicking Logs button on top right of EaseUS Todo Backup Free main interface window.
A list of created backup plans appears. Click Details for more information.
You can also export or clear all logs (the latter is not recommended, of course ).
Backup plan logs can be filtered by type (Successful, Warning, Failed, or All) and you have to click on an entry to see detailed information. Failure entries are colored red.
Todo Backup keeps track of backup and restore/recovery tasks, creating, editing and deleting plans, and deleting backup images.
You can limit the list of logs to certain dates using the Choose the time fields in the bottom of Logs window.
Here are some more examples of log entries:
In case a plan/task is not needed anymore, click Advanced button and select Delete Backup.
A confirmation dialog appears, click Yes to delete only the task, but keep its image files.
To remove both the backup plan and all files it created, tick the Delete related images check box before clicking Yes. No additional confirmations appear.
To erase a certain backup image instead of a plan, click Advanced and choose Image Manager.
Image Manager window lists all available backup images for the task. To remove an image, click it and then click Delete.
As usual, the action will be confirmed.
While logs are a good way of knowing whether a backup finished successfully or not, you might need to check backup image files from time to time. This ensures that an image is fully recoverable.
To do this, click Tools and select Check Image.
If a backup is password-protected/encrypted, you need to input its passphrase first.
Image verification takes somewhere between 5 to 30 minutes, depending on its size. Please make sure the result contains "no errors found" and "no image files lost" lines before clicking Finish.
If an image is corrupt, you might want to delete it to save space. You should also run disk check on backup destination drive to repair possible file system errors. In case the target drive contains bad sectors, it is strongly recommended to replace the unit with a working one ASAP: bad sectors have that bad tendency to spread quickly and uncontrollably.
PreOS screen allows selecting whether to boot into Windows or EaseUS recovery environment. This works well in cases when hard drive or SSD is not physically damaged, and you need to restore a disk image without bootable emergency USB drive or CD/DVD.
To add full-featured WinPE-based recovery environment to operating system selection screen of Windows, you must first create a bootable WinPE Emergency Disk. If you do not do this, a limited Linux-based recovery environment will be added instead.
Please note that this is not an alternative to bootable USB drive or CD/DVD - you still need to create the Emergency Disk for cases when your computer's hard drive fails.
Click Tools in EaseUS Todo Backup Free main interface window and choose Enable PreOS.
After less than a minute, success dialog appears. Click OK. The item now appears as Disable PreOS after clicking Tools.
The next time you turn on or restart your Windows PC, a selection screen appears. If you do not make a selection within the next 30 seconds, Windows starts automatically.
To change the default timeout of 30 seconds, run msconfig in Windows, open Boot or BOOT.INI tab and set Timeout to 5 or 10 seconds. In Windows Vista and later, you also need to tick the Make all boot settings permanent check box.