Best backup software (2022)

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Now that you’re serious about backing up your Windows PC or Mac, you’ve probably figured out that the backup software included with your preferred operating system just isn’t going to cut it.

Sure, you can use the built-in tools (Time Machine on a Mac or File History on Windows 10), if you’re willing to settle for a limited feature set with few options outside the standard settings. But replacing those default utilities with one of these third-party alternatives unlocks a wide range of useful features and capabilities. These can save you time, disk space, and stress.

Also: PC and Mac backup: How to protect your data from disaster

Macrium Reflect 8 Free Edition Best free version with imaging and cloning capabilities

The free version of Macrium Reflect 8 is surprisingly robust, offering solid imaging and cloning capabilities that are licensed for use in home and business environments. The resulting images can be browsed in Windows Explorer or mounted instantly in a Hyper-V VM.

You’ll need to upgrade, though, if you want to add file/folder backups to the mix, encrypt your backups, or create space-saving incremental backups. The Home and Workstation versions also add protection against ransomware attacks.

The company also offers Server and Server Plus editions as well as a specialized Technicians edition that allows IT pros to create snapshots of an unlimited number of PCs or servers using a USB flash drive instead of installing the

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