REVIEW | AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition

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AOMEI Technology reached out to us and asked if we would like to check out their very own Backup Software, the AOMEI Backupper Professional.

AOMEI Technology is a software company in China that specializes in backup & restore, hard disk & partion management, and cloud files transfer. Their main customers include enterprises, colleges, government sectors, IT specialists, and commercial users in different countries all over the world.

Quick fact: the word AOMEI is two Chinese words integrated together. AO meaning proud, because they want us to be proud of having AOMEI products, and MEI, as in plum blossom, which is a symbol of persistence and bravery.

Introduction

The AOMEI backupper is a backup and recovery software that allows you to back up your files, folders, hard disks, partitions, dynamic volumes, apps, and system drives so that you can later restore them if data loss occurs.

It also features a disk imaging and cloning tool so that you can create an exact image of your entire hard disk and operating system so you can migrate or restore it to another hard drive.

Just to take note, there is a free version of their back up software, the AOMEI Backupper Standard, while on the other hand, they have the paid versions “Professional” and “Server” Editions which are priced at $49.95 and $169.00 respectively. You can find a detailed comparison of the different editions on their official website.

Design and features

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At first glance, we can’t help but notice how retro looking the interface is but it’s very intuitive that even non-technical people can easily find out what they would need to do.

This software supports Windows XP up to Windows 10, as well as the following file systems:

  • FAT16
  • FAT32
  • NTFS
  • ReFS
  • EXT2/ExFAT

The AOMEI Backupper also supports almost all known storage devices recognized by Windows such as IDE, SATA, SCSI, SSD, USB disks, hardware RAID, Network Attached Storages, and so on. It also supports both MBR and GPT disk standards and works well with UEFI.

Installation of the software is very straightforward as you just run the installation file after downloading from the official website. Then you can later activate the extra features by entering your purchased serial key.

You can also create a Windows PE or Linux based BOOTABLE CD or USB so you can use it as a rescue disk to perform restoration tasks. But we’ll get to that later.

They also have included a very detailed documentation/manual, as well as several online tutorials which you can easily access when you need them.

Now, let’s talk about the main features. The AOMEI Backupper has different types of back up utilities.

Back up features

First up is the Files and Folders Backup which allows you to back up files and folders to specified images easily. This is ideal for backing up your personal files, working files, and other important data. You can actually specify which folders to back up and you can set filters like file inclusion/exclusion, folder exclusion, and even set whether you want to exclude hidden files/folders and system files and folders.

Next is the System Backup which backs up your entire system drive completely, including applications, drivers, configuration settings, system files, and boot files.

Then the Disk Backup will back up all your files on the disk into an image file, retaining all partitions or volumes on the disk, and system files. So when you restore a disk backup, the disk can still be booted from directly as well as restoring all partitions. It supports both MBR and GPT disks, external hard drives, USB disks, and other supported storage devices.

The Partition and Volume Backup  will enable you to back up one or multiple partitions/volumes (including dynamic volumes) into an image file. So if you just want to back up specific partitions instead of the entire disk, this feature is the most ideal.

The AOMEI Backupper also has a File Sync and Real-time Sync feature which will enable you to sync your files to other locations through “schedule sync” or “real-time sync” to constantly sync you data or other important files in another location on your computer.

Scheduled Backup is another feature that will greatly enhance your data redundancy and back up capabilities by setting a back up schedule using either of the four available modes: Daily Mode, Weekly Mode, Monthly Mode, and Event Triggers.

You can easily customize the mode and frequency of your scheduled backups with these but as for Event Triggers, you can set up four event types: User logon, User logoff, System Startup, and System shutdown.

You can also easily Backup to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) by setting the backup destination to your NAS Device or even it’s I.P. Address. From there, you can also perform all the backup methods mentioned above. You can also do the same with Cloud Drives such as Dropbox and Google drive by setting the destination path to the Cloud Clients installed on your system.

Compression and Splitting

Other notable features of the AOMEI Backupper are the Compression, which allows you to determine a proper compression level for your back up task. You can also split image files into smaller files through Splitting so you can set them in different storage medias.

One handy feature that we also found to be a niche is the Email Notification which is very important for unattended operations. You can enable it so that you can be have updates of your backup plans, as well as to send reports of the execution result to the email address you will provide.

Encryption

They also have an Encryption feature which will allow you to protect your backups using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cryptographic algorithm which will totally encrypt the data in the backup image. But you must remember your password because it will be totally impossible to recover a password-protected backup. The program does not currently support changing password for an encrypted backup.

Restoration

Restoring backups are basically simple and it these functions will just basically restore your data the way you backed them up.

Files and Folders Restore will let you restore your data to their original state. The System Restore will allow you to restore your system to the same bootable state that was backed up without reinstalling your OS. The Disk Restore and Partition or Volume Restore on the other hand will restore the disks in their original state, partitions, and file systems.

Disk Clone and System Clone and Migration

Just as the name suggests, Disk Clone will clone the entire disk to another disk in the same state as it was originally, and the System Clone and Migration is a good feature to migrate an operating system to another drive such as migrating your OS to an SSD. It will also clone all related partitions to the destination drive.

AOMEI PXE Boot tool

The software also has a feature that allows it to boot from a micro system in the network to allow you to backup, restore, and perform tasks via PXE Boot of a Windows PE or Linux AOMEI Backupper enabled system from you local network. This is very handy for Network and System admins who are working with multiple deployments of backups.

Windows PE and Linux Bootable Disk/USB/ISO

The AOMEI Backupper also allows you to create both Windows PE (WinPE) and Linux based bootable device easily which can be used as a rescue media in times of emergency. This is very handy for those situations when you can’t boot up your system and you have to restore data from an external backup.

Running the AOMEI Backupper from the Command Line/Powershell

Now, for the final feature that I will discuss, we know that a lot of System Admins are CMDLET and Powershell savvy and for those advanced users, AOMEI Backupper can be controlled from the Command line instead of the Windows GUI. Thankfully, AOMEI also provided a very detailed manual for the command line syntax. A lot of power users actually find it easier and more efficient to work with a command line because it is more efficient and more fluid.

Final Thoughts

The AOMEI Backupper is a pretty advanced backup tool for serious system admins and I.T. personnel. I’m surprised on how much features they were able to pack into one package and honestly, this is one of the few Enterprise grade software I’ve tried and really amazed me.

System resources wise, the AOMEI Backupper’s  performance was pretty good. It’s CPU usage is very light and backing up disks and partitions are very fast. But when it comes to backing up sets of files, it’s really slow. Speed isn’t really much of an issue when backing up serious loads of data and thankfully you can run the software in the background without much performance loss.

For almost $50, I guess it makes a lot of sense for I.T. professionals working inside an Enterprise environment. I’m pretty sure though that the big I.T. guys are handling even way more complicated back up software in a much larger scale. But if you’re just looking for some tools to help you manage and secure your data, the AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition is also a great tool to get started with.

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