Acronis True Image vs EaseUS ToDo Backup

Acronis True Image (now on version 2021) is well know as a leading player in the PC backup world, it features everything needed to fully protect a PC against data loss making use of both local storage and cloud backup. EaseUS ToDo Backup (Home version), despite performing very well in our recent testing, is less well known as a backup option yet still features many of the same tools and functionality as True Image.

Both of these applications allow both file and image based backups to be taken and both also have options for backing up data to the cloud, on the surface at least this puts them on a very similar footing. In this comparison I will put both of these very highly rated applications side by side and see how they compare against each other, this will be done on key features including usability, security, pricing and support.

This cloud be a very interesting comparison and I’m keen to see how both applications fare, so let’s go!

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Acronis True Image 2021

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EaseUS ToDo Backup (Home)

Key Features

Both True Image and ToDo Backup feature file-level and image-level backups as a core function of how they protect data, they also both allow for potentially unlimited file version retention and this is available across both Windows and MacOS operating systems for both applications. Both applications are also available on either a subscription basis or via the purchase of a perpetual licence (meaning a single one-off purchase, although not eligible for upgrades to the latest version as are the subscriptions).

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Base Price$59.99 (Perpetual)
Subscriptions from $49.99 / Yr
$59 (Perpetual)
Subscriptions from £29.95 / Yr
Unlimited Storage *

Unlimited File Versions *
PC / Mac Software
Smartphone Apps

File Sharing
Secure File Sync.

Multi-factor Authentication

Free Trial Available(30 Days)
(30 Days)

* Acronis does support unlimited version retention and storage when using your own storage, when using the Acronis cloud this is limited to 6 months and a fixed storage allocation of at least 500GB.

As can be seen above, we are at the core dealing with two very similar applications! True Image 2021 does have a slight advantage over ToDo Backup in that it provides users with access to a free smartphone app and allows file sharing and desktop synchronisation for those on certain subscriptions levels featuring access to the Acronis cloud (but unfortunately not the most basic subscription level nor the perpetual licence which lacks this functionality).

Whilst ToDo Backup Home doesn’t have a smartphone app nor the synchronisation or sharing options of Acronis (or their own cloud storage service for that matter), they do provide support for third party cloud providers including Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive (something Acronis does not have). As such if you want to make use of your own existing cloud storage ToDo Backup might be the more cost effective option.

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Both providers offer 30 day trial periods meaning you can easily try both pieces of software for yourselves, follow these links to get a free trial from either Acronis True Image or EaseUS ToDo Backup.

Overall I think these services are fairly evenly matched in most regards, I do however feel that by allowing customers to integrate their own cloud storage and the slightly cheaper pricing (including lifetime upgrades on the perpetual licence) give EaseUS ToDo Backup Home a (very) slight edge here!

Winner: EaseUS ToDo Backup (Home)

Usability

Usability is, of course, a key consideration when choosing backup software, not only must backup software be easy to use and navigate but also easy for users to understand their application and be confident that their data is being securely backed up.

Both True Image 2021 and ToDo Backup Home are easy to install, configure and as such both provide for a quick and easy first backup experience. Both tools allow users to take image based or file-based backups, create multiple backup sets and both have great scheduling tools making automatic backups easy to configure.

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Furthermore, for any users making use of the image-based backup functionality, both tools allow for recovery media to be built and burned to a DVD / USB flash drive. Thsi recovery media means that in the event that a PC which is protected by either of these applications doesn’t start or is subject to a hard disk failure it can still, be recovered thanks to such recovery media (and a new disk “imaged” if necessary).

Acronis True Image does have a small advantage in that it is the only application of the two which allows for web based access (recovery) of backed up files. ToDo Backup users could (technically) still do this although it would be via the third party cloud providers website and be reliant on encryption not being used on the backup set which is not recommended. True Image 2021 is also the only application of the two to offer customers mobile apps for both iOS and Android.

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Web Browser Access

iOS / Android Apps

Automatic (Real Time) Backups
Image Backups
Bandwidth Throttling

Backup External HDDs
Recovery via shipped HDD
Local Archive Storage
Recovery Media Builder

As can be seen in the table above, both tools have a similar set of usability features with True Image developing a small edge thanks to the inclusion of smartphone apps and web based access (recovery) of files.

Winner: Acronis True Image 2021

Security

Good security is obviously an important consideration whenever files are being backed up, especially when stored on portable media such as external hard drives or on third party cloud storage. As such it is good to see both services taking data security seriously and both offering customers to ability to apply zero knowledge 256bit AES encryption to their backup sets locally.

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Multi-factor Authentication
Locally Encrypted Data

As can be seen above, both applications provide their users with the option to password protect their backups, this means they make use of strong 256bit AES encryption on all files before any data ever leaves you computer, be it to a local device or onto the cloud.

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With encryption aside Acronis do go further on the security front by offering users the ability to turn on a fully functional anti-virus application which is built into the application itself. This is only fully active on the subscription plans (not the perpetual licence) and is backed up with other security tools including an anti-ransomware tool and video conference protection to boot.

Whilst both tools perform very well on basic backup security (i.e. offering strong file encryption) the additional security tools offered in True Image 2021 give Acronis a definite edge in this category

Winner: Acronis True Image 2021

Support

Both Acronis and EaseUS offer multiple, convenient support options including detailed knowledge bases, FAQ sections and ticket /email based support options.

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Online Knowledge Base

Ticket / Email Support

Live Chat

Support Forum

Phone Support

As can be seen above, both Acronis and EaseUS provide very detailed support portals featuring extensive documentation and FAQ sections amongst other related resources. EaseUS, it could be said, do go just a little bit further by offering live chat support although Acronis do have a very useful community based support forum in contrast.

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In this section it is very difficult to separate the two, not only this but I would say that both providers are very good at supporting their products and most likely any problem you might encounter can be solved via one of the respective support portals very quickly and easily.

Winner: Draw

Pricing

As was mentioned in the key features section, both of these providers offer their software on a perpetual licence basis alongside the option to subscribe on an annual basis for continued support and upgrades.

EaseUS sell their lifetime perpetual licence for $59 per PC and a one year subscription to the software for $29.95 / year or $39.95 for 2 years (again, per PC).

Acronis offer a perpetual licence to True Image 2021 for $59.99 with the basic subscription service starting at $49.99. Two other subscription plans featuring the previously mentioned security technologies are available at $89.99 with 500GB cloud included and $124.99 with 1TB of cloud included.

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Price per Device$59.99 (Perpetual)*$59 (Perpetual)*
Additional Pricing$49.99 / 1 Year
$89.99 / 1 Yr (+500GB Cloud)
$124.99 / 1 Yr (+1TB Cloud)
$29.95 / 1 Year
$39.95 / 2 years
Pre-pay DiscountsN/A 2 Year Subscription Discount
($29.95 1Yr vs $39.95 2Yr)
Business / Team PlanN/AN/A
Free QuotaN/AN/A
Free Trial (30 Days) (30 Days)

*EaseUS offer free lifetime upgrades with their perpetual licence, Acronis offer perpetual licencing for a specified version only.

As can be seen in the table above, both providers offer a similar product and at a similar price, EaseUS do offer slightly cheaper subscriptions but it must be kept in mind that Acronis do include cloud storage and additional security tools in some of theirs (EaseUS users must also use third party cloud).

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With the above in mind it is very difficult to separate the two here, if having cloud storage bundled into a subscription is important then Acronis True Image is the way to go, if a slightly cheaper subscription is more important and / or you wish to make use of your own cloud storage subscription then EaseUS might be a better choice.

Winner: Draw

Pricing

I really like both True Image 2021 and EaseUS ToDo Backup Home, they are essentially very similar applications but both taking a slightly different approach to solving the same problem.

One the one hand True Image 2021 bundles in cloud storage and security tools such as anti-virus for those that want more of an “all-in-one” application to secure their PC and data together. On the other hand EaseUS still retains the core functionality of True Image but with slightly cheaper pricing and the ability to use your own cloud storage should you so wish.

Based on the categories above, thanks mainly to the included security tools and usability features such as inclusion of smartphone apps and file synchronisation via the Acronis cloud, this has to be a win for Acronis. EaseUS is still a very credible alternative and I would advise at least looking at the trial versions of both applications if you have the time prior to making a decision!

Overall Verdict: Acronis True Image 2021

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Acronis True Image 2021

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EaseUS ToDo Backup (Home)

Backblaze and Carbonite are both well established cloud backup providers offering to backup customers PCs to the cloud for a simple monthly subscription fee. Both providers offer personal and business plans and it is the personal plans I will focus on in this comparison.

Both of these providers work in a similar way whereby for a small monthly fee they will automatically keep your entire system automatically backed up to a secure cloud location. This means use of either service will afford users a copy of their important data which is stored safely in the cloud and accessible from any device, anywhere in the world.

Key Features

Both Backblaze and Carbonite offer a comprehensive cloud based backup service, this section of the comparison will look at the key features on offer between both providers.

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Base Price$6/m$6/m (Paid Annually)
Unlimited Storage

Unlimited File Versions(+$4/m)*
PC / Mac Software
Smartphone Apps

File Sharing
Secure File Sync.

Multi-factor Authentication

Free Trial Available(15 Days)
(15 Days)

* Backblaze initially comes with 30 days of version history, this is set to the latest 12 versions (or 30 days if sooner) for Carbonite users

As can be seen above, both services offer a similar service for a very similar price, this is owing to the fact both pieces of software are very similar in operation and aim to serve the same kind of customer. There are, however, a few small areas where I feel Backblaze has a narrow edge compared to Carbonite, these are mainly in file sharing and smartphone apps, both of which Backblaze has but Carbonite (as of yet) do not offer to their users.

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File versioning (historic versioning) is an area where Carbonite (unfortunately) also lags behind Backblaze by only offering the last 12 versions of a file (or 30 days if sooner) with no options to upgrade this. In comparison Backblaze offer 30 days of version history on their basic plan with the option to upgrade to 1 year of versioning for an additional $2/m and to unlimited versioning for an additional $4/m (plus B2 storage fees for any qualified files).

Both Backblaze and Carbonite also offer 15 day trial periods, a fair and useful amount of time for evaluating either service.

Overall both services provide a similar offering in regards to the key features on offer, the ability to upgrade to unlimited file versioning alongside the file synchronisation functionality and smartphone apps mean Backblaze ultimately wins this category.

Winner: Backblaze

Usability

Usability is key when it comes to choosing a cloud backup service, not only must a good service be easy to configure but also easy for users to understand what is happening with the software and feel comfortable that their data is been secured in the correct way.

Both Carbonite and Backblaze have a simple, straightforward sign-up process allowing users to create an account, download the software and have it installed within just a few minutes. Both providers also provide their downloads ‘pre-configured’ with the users account details beforehand, this means once the software is installed it will in both cases log-in the user automatically and begin backing up all important files straight away.

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Following on from the above statement, it also needs to be pointed out that both providers have the option to automatically select you important files for the backup set during the initial set-up process, this is great to see as the majority of customers will make use of such a feature with more advanced users electing to manually choose files themselves (both options are available).

Whilst there are no limits when backing up files with Backblaze it does need to be pointed out that Carbonite will automatically exclude any video files on your PC as well as any files above 4GB in size by default (these must be manually added to the backup set to be included).

It must also be stressed that Carbonite charge additional fees (or require account upgrades) to include external hard drives into the backup set! This is something Backblaze include for free, however, this is depending on your drive being plugged in at least once every 30 days to remain covered!

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Web Browser Access

iOS / Android Apps

Automatic (Real Time) Backups
Image Backups

Bandwidth Throttling

Backup External HDDs
*
Recovery via shipped HDD

Local Archive Storage
Recovery Media Builder

* Carbonite users can upgrade to he Plus plan to include external hard drives ($119.99 / Yr)

As can be seen in the table above, both tools have a similar set of usability features with Backblaze revealing a slight edge thanks to the inclusion of external drives in their basic plan as well as the inclusion of smartphone apps for on-the-go recovery.

Overall, thanks to the inclusion of external hard drives for no additional fee and the smartphone access to backed up files this category has to be a win for Backblaze!

Winner: Backblaze

Security

Good security is obviously an important consideration whenever files are being backed up and then stored off-site on the cloud. As such it is good to see both services taking data security very seriously, the key features of which can be seen in the table below.

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Multi-factor Authentication

Locally Encrypted Data

As can be seen above both Carbonite and Backblaze both offer multi-factor authentication to their users, this is a key consideration when choosing a backup provider, especially when they provide web-based file recovery which both of these providers do!

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Both services also offer strong encryption via their backup client software, this means they make use of strong, local encryption on all files before any data ever leaves you computer. It must be pointed out that Carbonite only offer 128bit encryption on their most basic plan with 256bit being available only on their most expensive offering. Backblaze, by contrast, offer user defined 256bit encryption by default.

A very good security baseline from both providers, although a little disappointing to see Carbonite limit basic account holders to only 128bit encryption with an account upgrade needed for the full 256bit version – a small win for Backblaze thanks to this!

Winner: Backblaze

Support

Both Backblaze and Carbonite offer very detailed support portals, in fact this is one area they both score highly in thanks to a good selection of help documentation, FAQs and user manuals all being readily available via their respective websites.

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Online Knowledge Base

Ticket / Email Support

Live Chat

Support Forum

Phone Support

As can be seen above, both providers rely on a very detailed online support portal, they are also very similar in that they boost this via live chat and online ticketing system support options for those needing more support.

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Unfortunately phone support is not available from Backblaze whereas this is provided by Carbonite (who even give a UK based telephone number for their UK based customers, excellent). Thanks to this useful support option and thoughtful consideration of international customers this has to be a small win here for Carbonite!

Winner: Carbonite

Pricing

Carbonite provides a basic plan which will backup an unlimited amount of data for a single PC for just $6 / month (paid annually). Unfortunately you must upgrade to a more advanced plan (starting at $24 / month) to include external hard drives in to the backup and upgrade again (to the business plan) to upgrade the 128bit encryption to 256 bit.

Backblaze have a slightly more convoluted pricing structure whereby the basic service is $6 / month, per device for unlimited storage and 30 days of file version history. The file version history can be increased, these additional versioning periods include upgrading from 30 days to 1 year for an additional $2/m and up to unlimited versioning for an additional $4/m (plus cloud storage costs).

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Price per Device$6/m$6/m
Additional Pricing +$4/m for unlimited version history
Pre-pay Discounts (1 year & 2 year discounts)
(2Yr = 5% / 3Yr = 10%)
Business / Team Plan
Free Quota

Free Trial (15 Days) (15 Days)

As can be seen in the table above both services are basically priced at the same amount for a single device with unlimited storage included. The inclusion of external drives in the Backblaze plan alongside the option to upgrade the file versioning to 1year or unlimited does help give Backblaze an edge here (remember Carbonite only allow 12 old file versions or 30 days max).

For a long time Backblaze also stuck to the 30 day max version history as well so it is good to see users now have access to much longer versioning periods if they require them. I do (personally) think it unfair they are charging an additional $2 per month over the 1 year option only to then charge users AGAIN for the storage itself (in which case what is the additional $2 charge for if the user is expected to pay for storage themselves?).

Still having said this Backblaze take the win here, including external hard drive backup and providing users with the option to extend file versioning is something Carbonite should really start to get on board with by now!

Winner: Backblaze

Summary

Carbonite and Backblaze are very similar products, both very reputable providers and a solid, reliable product is provided by both. When looking over the categories above it does, however, become clear that in several areas Backblaze do have a small edge over Carbonite, an edge which will ultimately crown them the winner in this comparison!

The need to pay extra (or upgrade) to include external hard drives or to upgrade from 128 bit encryption to 256 bit is what has ultimately let Carbonite down here. The inability to save historic file versions past the last 12 versions (or 30 days) is also disappointing to see from any company (better security should not really be an upgrade).

It must be stressed, however, that Carbonite is still a serious contender and very easy to use, if you don’t think these issues will affect you then their free trial is still very much worth a look! Otherwise for (basically) the same cost Backblaze takes the win here, it is also for over 2 years now being one of our top rated cloud backup providers and well worth a look at their free trial if you haven’t already!

Overall Verdict: Backblaze

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