One of the characteristics of macOS is that the Apple operating system seeks to be as simple, intuitive and automatic as possible in all tasks. Even in backups. This operating system comes standard with a tool called Time Machine that allows us to make a backup of all personal files, photos, documents, emails, programs and settings so that if something goes wrong, they can be easily recovered. after installing macOS from scratch. This program allows us to create manual copies or configure automatic copies so that our data is always safe.
Unfortunately, Time Machine is a feature of macOS, not a third-party program that could reach other operating systems. And for this reason, it is only available for the Apple operating system, not being able to take advantage of its features in Windows or Linux. Luckily, there are developers who have looked for ways to bring this program, or at least as similar alternatives as possible, to the other operating systems.
Below we will see the best alternatives to create and maintain backups in Windows as they are done in macOS.
Windows Backup, halfway to Time Machine
Windows has its own tool to automatically back up users’ files and folders. Although the truth is that it does not reach the level of Time Machine, for an average user it may be enough. In Windows 10, this tool is found under the Settings menu, under Update and security> Backup.
This tool makes use of the file history of the operating system. This means that, after assigning a drive (for example, an external hard drive) to Windows 10, the system keeps a differential copy there with the changes that have been made to each file on the system. In this way, if one of the changes destroys the file, or for some reason the file is deleted, thanks to the history we can recover it.
This feature is completely free, and is installed by default on Windows 10. Even Windows 7 users can find a similar backup feature within the Control Panel.
Genie Timeline, protect all files effortlessly
This program is probably one of the most faithful and easiest to use to replace the macOS Time Machine in Windows. This software is in charge of automatically controlling our PC and creating backup copies of all our personal files, no matter where they are stored: on the PC, on an external hard drive, on a network drive, etc. This program is responsible for detecting and saving a copy of all new files and all those that have been modified so that, if something goes wrong, we can recover them.
Once installed and configured, in 3 easy steps, we can forget about this task, the program will take care of everything. It has a function that allows us to recover deleted data and even access all our data through the Internet.
We can download Genie Timeline from their website . The license for this program has a cost of 35 euros.
CrashPlan, cloud backups for $ 10 a month
If we are one of those who prefer to trust the cloud when saving our backups, then we are surely interested in CrashPlan. This service is mainly focused on companies (although we can use it domestically) and one of its best features is that, for a single payment of $ 10 a month, we will be able to have a backup of all our data in the cloud, without space limit. In addition, it also allows us to protect network drives and external hard drives.
Backups are done automatically by the client of this program, and it is able to resume a copy if for some reason it stops (for example, a power outage or the Internet). It has a military encryption system that prevents anything or anyone from seeing our data, protects us from ransomware and allows you to restore backups on any other computer.
From the following link we can learn more about CrashPlan .
Duplicati, to make backups in personal clouds
If we do not want to depend as much on a company as CrashPlan, we can resort to alternative programs that allow us to choose where we want the backups to be saved. Duplicati is a totally free program designed to allow us to make simple backup copies of our computer and save them in any cloud we want. This program is compatible with the most common protocols, such as FTP, WebDAV and SSH, in addition to allowing us to upload copies to OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Mega and many more storage services. All backups are encrypted and we can easily configure and schedule backups.
We can download this backup program from the Duplicati website .
EaseUS Todo Backup
Todo Backup is a free backup program created by EaseUS to allow users to protect their most important data from any possible Windows failure or problem that could cause them to be lost. This program has a complete backup function that allows us to configure our own backups so that we can always have our most important data safe.
In addition to the backup function, we will also find a tool that will allow us to clone partitions or hard drives. This is the best way to save our system so that if something starts to go wrong we can recover the system as it was at the time of creating the cloning.
Finally, indicate that EaseUS Todo Backup is one of the fastest to restore the deleted data from our computer. We can download this program from here .
SyncBack, hassle-free backups
Another alternative that will allow us to forget about the macOS Time Machine is SyncBack. This program specializes in creating backups and synchronizing data and directories. This program allows us to create and schedule our backup plans, in addition to keeping our directories always in sync. We will also be able to recover the deleted or deleted data very easily in case something goes wrong while using the computer.
Users who are not very computer literate can go to Simple Mode, while more advanced users have a mode of operation for them that gives them complete control over backups.
This program is free, and we can download it from its website . In addition, we can also find two commercial versions that add extra functions to this backup program. Among others, 64-bit support, the possibility of synchronizing data with the cloud, data verification functions and much more.
MiniTool ShadowMaker, simple and fast backup program
This is another of the easiest programs to use that allows us to make backup copies of our system and our data, both personally and professionally. ShadowMaker allows us to configure all kinds of backups, from full cloning of the hard drive to restore points. It also supports directory and data synchronization and even incremental copies of our operating system. All copies can be made manually or programmed so that the program takes care of them and we forget about everything else.
We can download MiniTool ShadowMaker from the developer’s website .