Download tips: four free backup tools –

Clonezilla is a proven, platform-independent, stand-alone solution for backing up entire partitions and entire systems. With Clonezilla you can copy a complete operating system installation including all data from one PC to another.

You download the ISO image from Clonezilla and burn it to a CD. Then start Clonezilla from this CD if you want to create the backup – Clonezilla is thus a live system. Alternatively, you can start Clonezilla from a USB stick.

The copies made with Clonezilla take up less space than the original partition because Clonezilla only copies the parts of a partition that are actually used. Clonezilla supports the ext2, ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs, FAT and NTFS file systems.

The download from Clonezilla is around 100 MB.

Download: Clonezilla

With Areca Backup you can also create backups packed in ZIP or ZIP64 format and encrypted. Areca Backup also creates incremental backups. The backups can be saved on the network, on an external drive or on an FTP server.

Download: Areca backup

Cobian Backup also creates backups via the network if required, can compress the data backups and also creates incremental backups. Cobian Backup also creates backups fully automatically and time-controlled according to your specifications. The free tool can also back up files that are currently being used.

Download: Cobian backup

With DriveImage XML you can easily back up partitions and write them back. DriveImage XML backs up partitions and logical drives in image files that can be searched and from which individual files can also be extracted.

Drive Image XML supports hard drives with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.

Download: DriveImage XML

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