Which apps are the best when it comes to backing up and restoring a machine running Microsoft Windows. Preferably they should have functionary like snapshot in Vmware or something else for backing up and restoring really quickly.

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There is Acronis


  • Compatible with Windows.
  • Good compression.
  • Schedulable.
  • Working priority.
  • Disk or folder based backup.
  • Fast incrementals.
  • Burnable recovery software.
  • Compatible with VM's.

The disk based option makes a clone of the drive. Cons:

  • Not free.
  • Initial backups may take long.

I don't know any prices because of the different licences available. There is also an option to store backups in the cloud which I haven't used.