AOMEI Backupper for Win7 has what we like in a full backup solution, starting with the ability to completely restore your system from a backup (with the help of a bootable system restore disc also created by Backupper). Backupper can back up partitions, volumes, and entire discs. It creates full or incremental backups, either automatically or manually, with the usual compression and encryption options found in premium backup tools -- except it's not a premium backup tool. The one thing Backupper lacks, we can do without: a price tag. AOMEI Backupper for Win7 is freeware. And it's not just for Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) but also Windows 8 and Server 2008.
We're not the first to remark on the "family resemblance" of certain types of software, and AOMEI Backupper for Win7's blue-toned user interface practically describes, itself. That's bad? No way: The easier, the better goes for most software, but backup tools, especially. We clicked "Add New Backup," and Backupper's wizard walked us though the steps for creating a Disk Backup, Partition Backup, or System Backup: Which one you should choose depends on your system configuration. But you could do worse than click System Backup, a one-click process (with the usual options) that backs up your C drive. Be sure to choose a suitable backup location, such as a removable hard drive. You can configure Backupper to update backups as files change, though we prefer the option to create a new backup on schedule. Though it took longer and used more space, we took a full, uncompressed backup created with full system resources since there's less to go wrong all around. Backupper also packs some extras in its Utilities menu, such as the Check Image tool for verifying backup integrity and the Create Bootable Media tool, which we recommend visiting. The Help file includes many tutorials and other resources to help you with all that.
Like many, we prefer premium backup solutions to the built-in Windows Backup. If cost has kept you from upgrading (or, gasp, led you to not back up your files at all) then download and run AOMEI Backupper for Win7 today.