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GFI Backup Home Edition is a Free Data Backup Utility for Windows

In today’s tough economic times the last thing you want is to lose important data because you couldn’t afford a quality backup utility.  Today we look at GFI Backup Home Edition, a completely free professional grade backup solution.

Installation is quick and easy following the install wizard.  Everything in GFI Backup is wizard driven making it easy to use for even novice computer users.


From the main interface is nicely laid out so you can easily select the backup or other task you want to create.

3 full app

Creating your first backup is simple following the steps in the Wizard.  A noteworthy feature is being updated via email in case there are any errors or other issues with the backup.

5 enter backup info

The backup destination can be an external hard drive, removable media, network locations, and even an FTP server.

10 Destination 

There is the ability to compress and add AES encryption to the backups.  Here you can also select Incremental or Differential backup types.

11 options

Easily schedule backup tasks based on your preferences.

12 schedule

While the back up is running you can monitor the progress in the My Tasks window.  We backed up

15 Backup Running Advanced View

Restoring files is just a matter of exploring the backup and finding the missing data.  You can also restore an entire backup if needed.


You can access controls from the System Tray Agent.

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When the backup is complete a report is generated so you can monitor the results.

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If you have any problems or want additional information about backups, everything is stored in log files you can export to text or HTML reports.


More advanced users will like the different tasks and other settings options.



GFI Backup is a good free backup application for beginners and experienced users.  It officially works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and we were able to run it without any problems on Windows 7.  If you are looking for a free backup solution this is certainly worth a look.


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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 06/30/09

Comments (4)

  1. KB Prez

    Hey Geeks, THANK YOU for another great recommendation! I installed it today and have been testing it out. So far, VERY GOOD. This is a really nice FREE alternative to WINZIP!

  2. Steve

    Really nice recommendation. Just as you reported, pretty easy to set-up and configure, and a decent number of options.

    Thanks again!

  3. Rick

    Nice App., but Win 7, already has a local backup software build in. It can be backed up in the local network, i.e. NAS, SAN, SAS, etc….I haven’t actually tried it yet.

    Either, great app., to know about.

  4. Marge

    My Windows 7 backup had been working until recently. Maybe a Windows update messed it up. I tried to figure out what was wrong, but never found a solution. So I installed GFI Backup and it works like a charm. I love the How-to Geek. I’ve learned a lot and this is usually the first place I go when I have a problem with my PC. Thanks!

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