Free Imaging, Backup and Recovery Software for Windows

The Windows operating system includes in-built tools that let you backup and make copies of your files and create a system image. It now, also includes a System Image Backup Tool, with which you can now backup or clone an image of your disk. But it is found wanting in some features, and that is why many prefer to use one or the other free backup software available.

We have already been individually covering many such freeware backup solutions on this website. Today, I am going to list some free Imaging / Backup / Recovery software here, for the convenience of our readers.

Free backup and recovery software

Here is a list of some free backup and recovery software for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Most work on Windows 8 too, and if not, you can expect their future updates to do so too.

Areca Backup

Areca Backup is an Open Source file backup software that runs on Windows and Linux. It allows users to select and create backup copies of files, which can be encrypted and compressed, or directories for storing them on external drives, pen drives, FTP servers and others. Areca also provides tools required for Archive recovery – with or without deleted files.


Clonezilla is based on DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla Live and Clonezilla SE (Server edition). Clonezilla Live is suitable for single machine backup and restore.

Cobian Backup

Cobian Backup has a lot of options which we mostly find in commercial backup software. The interface is simple, and we find it quiet easy to set up the backup. You don’t need to be an IT wizard to set this up; the developers have made it very simple.

EASEUS Todo Backup for Windows

EASEUS Todo Backup Home is a free file backup and disaster recovery software, protecting your data, including photos, music, videos, documents, financial data and applications. It provides  backup, restore, disk-clone functions based on Windows operating systems with ease and reliability.

Macrium Reflect

Macrium Reflect Free version is a favorite of many. It offers the following features: Compatible disk imaging software with BartPE and Linux-based recovery options; Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS); Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD; Built in scheduler; 32 bit and native 64 bit versions; Industry leading compression levels and speed; Linux-based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size; Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows 7 and Vista; HTML log files, etc.

DriveImage XML

DriveImage XML is A “Norton Ghost Alternative” ! It is an HDD backup and restoration software similar to Norton Ghost but FREE, the software enables you create a complete backup image of any drive or partition, You can restore later restore the image to same, or another partition, you can also clone a drive to another. The program also includes an image explorer similar to Norton Ghost Image Explorer that lets you explore previously created backup images and extract individual files.


DiscWizard is an “Acronis Clone” ! Most know of Acronis True Image, which is a popular hard-drive backup software. But you can get a re-branded version of True Image with the name DiscWizard as a free legal download from the Seagate website.

GFI Backup

GFI Backup – Home Edition, is a freeware backup solution which has just been launched. GFI Backup 2009 allows you to back up all your important documents, photos, music, emails and program settings using a simple but smart wizard-driven interface to nearly every storage device, including local and external disk drives, LAN, CD/DVD, removable devices, remote FTP servers, etc.


Partimage is a Linux utility which saves partitions having a supported file system to an image file. Most Linux and Windows file-systems are supported. The image file can be compressed with the gzip / bzip2 programs to save disk space, and they can be split into multiple files to be copied on CDs / DVDs.


Ping is considered by some as the best available Linux toolbox for rescuing a system. Features include: Backup and Restore partitions or files locally or to the network; Backup and Restore the BIOS data as well; Either burn a bootable CD / DVD, either integrate within a PXE / RIS environment; Possibility to Blank local admin’s password; Create your own restoration bootable DVD; Partition and Format a disk before installing Windows and more.

Paragon Backup & Recovery

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition is a powerful disc-imaging and recovery solution. It claims to be the only one that can do differential backups; create a bootable USB/flash drive and execute automatic data exclusion option. It also supports all existing backup techniques, performs disc imaging to any backup destination and supports Windows 7 and Windows 8 too.

Redo Backup & Recovery

Redo Backup & Recovery is a free open source tool based on xPUD and part-clone, which not only works with Windows, but also supports  Linux. It is a recovery tool which even works when your hard disk crashes because it boots from a live CD. Redo offers many other tools which are really helpful if you are performing a system restore. It sports a web browser, IM tool, a Facebook app, hard disk manager, and Google apps. In short, Redo is a complete package of must-have tools required at the time of a disaster.


SimpleBackup is free backup software, which adds the backup option to the right click context menu of files and folder. SimpleBackup makes it easier for you to backup your files and folders regularly and very quickly…on the fly!

Auslogics BitReplica

Auslogics BitReplica is another free tool for backing up files stored on your Windows 7 PC. The tool is so intelligent that it lets you specify file groups to back up, such as Internet Explorer favorites or Windows Mail contacts, or select individual folders to back up under each profile you create.

Genie Timeline 2012 Free

Genie Timeline 2012 Free is a metro UI inspired Backup Tool for Windows. Using Genie Timeline Free one can easily backup images, videos, music and of course, documents!

Handy Backup Free

Handy Backup Free comes with a basic set of features. It lets you back up your files and folders locally, or to their Online Backup service. Let me know if I have missed out any or if you have any favorites.

AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper offers three main functions: Backup, Restore and Clone. It is easy to find them on the left side of the main interface.

Ocster Backup

Ocster Backup is a user-friendly application and no technical knowledge is required for installation. You can back up the whole data of the computer with this tool. It saves the data in compressed format so the backup will occupy less space on your computer. Incremental backups and encryption of data with AES are the other special features of Ocster backup freeware.

Cobian Backup

Cobian Backup has so many options included in a freeware. It has a lot of options which we mostly find in commercial backup software.

Also check out our old post on Free Acronis True Image Alternative & Norton Ghost Alternatives.

If you are looking for cloud options, you might want to check out these Free Online Backup Services.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Andrey de Oliveira

    FBACKUP is also a great option. It takes few resources and includes option for full and mirror backup. Who has little disk for backup, the last option is very interesting.

  • Oliver Powell

    Dropbox, which i have using since long before, gives me complete relax from taking backup all the time as it automatically does all sort’s of taking backup. After that, Stellar Phoenix recovery utility is indeed useful utility to get back deleted or formatted data from almost any instances of data loss. Moreover, It offers shareware version, means ‘Try it, Before You buy it’

  • Angus S-F

    SyncBack Free from is another good free program with backup capabilities

  • Carter Dirk

    If you have lost your complete data due to the hard drive corruption and you can generate complete data backup with help of Kernel for windows data recovery software to recover formatted, corrupted and deleted data from hard drive with three scanning modes.

  • RemotePCFixers

    Macrium Reflect works very good to clone a hard drive.

  • Chavirah

    please dont´forget vista many us push this site since vista OS QUESTION ARE insolved

  • Chavirah

    many people don´t have new hardware an keep alive whit less resources whit VISTA OS and then, if windows blue is coming, don´´t live behind your fans .
    many people still alive !!!!!!

  • BearPup

    For doing a System Restore type of backup, similar to a drive imaging program, is Keriver 1 Click Restore. It takes a compressed image (picture) of your hard drive that allows you to restore the drive later on.

    For example, you can take an image of your System Drive (C:), store it on your D: drive and then restore it when you lose functionality of your drive at some future point in time. I take a picture of my C: drive once a week, its the ultimate backup, and beats the Windows 7 Restore which in my experience doesn’t always work.

    I lost my taskbar functionality for some unknown reason the other week, and got it back by restoring my C: drive (overwriting it). Better than a system restore, all my settings and saved C: drive documents / downloads were restored as well. It works well because you can take the picture ‘outside’ of Windows, and restore it from outside of Windows as well. No conflicts that way either.

  • Sam Peterson

    Though Acronis True Image is not free backup software, but here is a hint how you can use it even after the trial period expires (30 days). First of all create a full backup image with the trial version, then create acronis bootable disc, and that’s all. The thing is that boot cd made with the trial version is not fully functional, but you can use it recover images, so the only feature available is recovery. So now you can create a full drive image from Windows and recover it using bootCD if needed. After 30-days trial period you can download free version of true image again using another e-mail. here is stp-by-step instructions how to restore a disk image using acronis bootable disc

  • Jukkkso

    You should take a look at Vibosoft Free Data Backup Wizard, it is yet another excellent choice for your home backup needs. Like other backup programs, you can backup your entire system, certain
    files and folders, or even certain types of files like music, music, etc. very easy to use.

  • Guest

    Download button not work.

  • aggie

    Easeus data recovery software can recover deleted,formatted,lost data,retrieve photos,docs,video and more,safe ,quick and easy to use,free tool to recovery whatever you is easy to use.

  • Noman Pritchard

    Theres another one called Rollback Rx. Its got patented tech and it offers multi access control and scheduling too.

  • Bob Jackson

    I have used Rollback Rx on my 2TB HDD with Win XP on a 150 GB partition (logical C:) and
    data on a 1.3 TB partition (logical D:) I set it to protect only C:. The
    snapshots were very fast and when I actually had to do a restore it
    worked great only taking a couple of minutes in a Pre-OS environment.
    This is very good software, but in my opinion, it has a few major
    drawbacks. Snapshots are only stored on the physical drive it is
    installed on and hardware failure means true disaster. Although installed on and protecting only the logical C drive, it gobbled up over 600GB of the logical D drive despite snapshot deletion and defragging.
    Un-installing had to be done 2 times and even then it did not remove
    the 600Gb’s of data it created. I will try out the Paragon B & R
    next. If it doesn’t work out, I will stay with my current boot partition cloner (AOMEI P.A. standard edition).

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  • Alfred Marshall

    Here’s how you recover photos from your Windows OS –

  • Rodin Lo

    Well, AOMEI Backupper Standard is a piece of free backup and recovery software that helps to backup your system easily: I have useed it for a long time, it deserves a trying.

  • Hamza Mohammed Hamid

    I already have a backup with windows 7 builtin backup tool but it dont restore my image hang at 50%. Can i use any other software to restore the following image.

  • Hamza Mohammed Hamid

    I already have a backup with windows 7 builtin backup tool but it dont restore my image hang at 50%. Can i use any other software to restore the following image

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