Windows 10: Free file backup software

Discus and support Free file backup software in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hi, Can anyone suggest a good free third party software for file backup.....? I googled it, but it seems that some free tools do not work well... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by boyboyds, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. boyboyds Win User

    Free file backup software


    Can anyone suggest a good free third party software for file backup.....?

    I googled it, but it seems that some free tools do not work well with W10.

    I have Macrium and use it for Imaging/Cloning, but the free version does not offer file backup.

    I would like to save my pictures and videos incrementally on an external HDD.


    boyboyds, Dec 1, 2015
  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Please tell me know data backup software?

    Hi Thao,

    When using backup software, there a few types:

    Some create a regular image of your files, this can lead to huge space being required to store the backups - this causes multiple copies of the same files to be stored and is very wasteful.

    Others create an incremental backup, which means it does an initial backup and then only backs up new or modified files - this is the best type as the backup will be consistent with your current file system

    So I would choose a backup that creates incremental backups, whether the software is free or paid for.

    Good free options can be found here:
    DaveM121, Dec 1, 2015
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  4. Barman58 Win User

    Free file backup software

    I use EaseUS | Data Recovery, Backup, Partition Manager & PC Utility Software which handles both system images and selective data backups - the free version has all the tools you need for basic set-ups including scheduling.

    We as a site actually had a free offer recently for the slightly more advances Home version so may be worth checking google for similar offers but I can recommend the free version
    Barman58, Dec 1, 2015
  5. Clive K Win User
    FreeFileSynch works for me.
    Clive K, Dec 1, 2015
  6. Wullail Win User
    It's not free , but second copy does a damned good automatic job with lots of options , timed backups , copy , replace , duplicate , mirror etc.

    For free 'FreeFileSynch' , less options but good for manual daily backups of set folders.

    I use both, second copy every day on an automatic scheduled timer and freefilesync weekly to an external storage area.
    Wullail, Dec 1, 2015
  7. boyboyds Win User
    It seems FreeFileSync has good reviews, though some complained that the latest version brought in some malware during download.

    What is the safest place to download it from.....?

    boyboyds, Dec 1, 2015
  8. Barman58 Win User

    Free file backup software

    I think this is the developer's site which is usually the best location for clean copies. Can't actually state it'll be clean as it's not one I use but should be
    Barman58, Dec 1, 2015
  9. Barman58 Win User
    Have run a check on the installer with Comodo AV and Malwarebytes Pro and both show it to be clean *Wink
    Barman58, Dec 1, 2015
  10. boyboyds Win User
    Thank you Barman58.....!!!!

    boyboyds, Dec 1, 2015
  11. boyboyds Win User
    Just before downloading FreeFileSync I gave Windows native file backup tool one more chance, it was bad.

    FreeFileSync download brought along some Tune-up utility, but I just uninstalled it.

    I got a little confused at first with their terminology, but eventually FreeFileSync worked exactly as expected.
    I still do not understand the difference between 'Mirror' and 'Update'.

    Along with FreeFileSync a RealTimeSync got installed, a tiny little tool, but I do not understand its purpose.

    Thank you all for your good advice.

    boyboyds, Dec 2, 2015
  12. Clive K Win User
    "Mirror" makes the folders look alike. So if you were to delete a file on A it will be deleted on B when you synchronize.
    "Update" will just move any new or updated files from A to B, but not delete any.
    I suggest you create a folder called "Backups" and put everything you want backed up under it. Makes it easier.
    And become familiar with FreeFileSynch by copying some files to a "backup" folder and testing how it works.
    You could lose files if you don't understand how the different functions work.
    Clive K, Dec 2, 2015
  13. Barman58 Win User

    Free file backup software

    Sorry about that, I checked for malware only, the way to avoid these little presents is to avoid the express, (or similar), install option, and carefully check each page of the install and you will normally find an option to decline the install of the extras *Wink
    Barman58, Dec 2, 2015
  14. swarfega Win User
    swarfega, Dec 2, 2015
  15. boyboyds Win User
    I will just use 'Mirror' then. And my files are already organized around a BackUp folder.

    There is no way to prevent some junk being installed along with FreeFileSync,
    but this is a free tool and they need some revenue, no problem as long as it is not infected.

    I like this tool so far.

    This forum is Great...!!!!
    boyboyds, Dec 2, 2015

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