Comodo Backup is powerful, but installation requires additional steps and the interface isn’t as friendly for beginners as some rivals.
Free cloud storage
Free cloud storage is only a trial
Could be more beginner-friendly
Tweaks required after installation
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Many people have a big flaw in their backup plans: they store the backup in the same place as their computer, and that means if something terrible happens – a domestic disaster, perhaps, or a break-in – they might lose both the original data and the backup of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could store your backups in space instead?
Type: Backup software
Operating system: Windows
Comodo doesn’t quite do that, but it offers the next best thing: 10GB of online storage for your backups, which is good for 90 days and then US$7.99 (about £6, AU$11) thereafter.
Even if you don’t plump for the online storage option Comodo is a powerful backup suite. You can backup to local or network drives, removable/writable media or an FTP server, and it can create a perfect copy of an entire drive if you want to be able to restore an entire system and have it just so.
You can schedule backups to happen at specific times and even tell the program what to do if a particular backup time is missed, and in a nice touch you can scan for malware and junk files so you don’t backup anything you don’t want to resurrect.
Comodo Backup is a very powerful and customisable program, but unfortunately that means it’s less user-friendly for beginners than many of its rivals. If you know exactly what you want and what you’re doing you’ll like it a lot, but if you’re new to this backing up malarkey you might feel that the interface is intimidating and the included help isn’t as helpful as it might be.
There are also a few things you’ll need to do to make it work fully: it doesn’t run with admin privileges by default (which you need for system backups) and you’ll need to install the Windows Automated Installation Kit to make drive images.
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