By Ivy / Last update April 20, 2022

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About Handy Backup

Handy Backup Standard, developed by Novosoft LLC., is a paid ($39) backup and recovery software for home and small business environment in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2019.

Novosoft Handy Backup offers different editions for users, Standard, Professional, Small Business, and Server Network. You could do the following operations within Handy Backup Standard:

  • Backup files and folders, emails, Windows libraries.

  • Full backup, incremental backup, differential backup.

  • Backup scheduling, encryption, compression.

  • Selective restoration of individual files, sync files and folders, one-way sync, and scheduled synchronization.

  • Use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), file filter, email notification, etc.

How to Use Handy Backup in Windows 10?

Follow the below steps to create file backup in Windows 10:

1. Click + New on the toolbar or press ADD NEW to create a new backup task.

Add New

2. Tick Backup and hit Next.


3. Select My Pictures to backup.

Choose My Pictures

4. Choose a destination to save the file backup image.

Choose Destination

5. Set the compression and encryption for you file backup or leave it alone.

Compress And Encrypt

6. Enable scheduler to backup files once, every day, on week days, on month days if need be, and then hit Next.

Enable Scheduler

7. Tick Finish to run the file backup now.

Backup Finish

Handy Backup Standard Limitations

However, as a backup and restore software, Handy Backup Standard has the following restrictions:

  • Does not support creating disk backup, system backup, or partition backup, even create WinPE rescue bootable media.

  • You have to pay to upgrade to Handy Backup Professional ($89) to enjoy the above features.

  • Cannot clone hard disk, Windows OS, partitions.

Considering the limitations of Novosoft Handy Backup Standard, you may look for the best Handy Backup alternative.

Best Free Alternative to Handy Backup  - AOMEI Backupper Standard

If you are looking for the Handy Backup free alternative, it’s highly recommended to use the AOMEI Backupper Standard, which offers you the comprehensive features and well-thought interface for Windows PCs, like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit). It’s more reliable and safe to use. AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you do the following:

  • Backup files and folders, Windows operating system, partitions, entire hard disk.

  • Clone hard disk to another one, clone partition to another partition, etc.

  • Full backup, incremental and differential backup.

  • One way file sync, scheduled sync, etc.

  • Email notification, backup scheduling, compression, splitting, use VSS, etc.

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To show how to create a disk backup in Windows 10 with the handy Backup free alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard, let see the details:

1. Launch the Handy Backup free alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard on your Windows 10 PC. On the main window, select Backup > Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

2. Press + Add Disk > select the Windows 10 disk you want to backup and click Add. Rename the Task Name to distinguish from other backups if need be.

Add Disk

Select Windows 10 Disk

3. Choose an external hard drive as the destination to save the Windows 10 disk backup image file.

Select External Hard Drive as Destination

✍This handy Backup alternative allows you to backup to local disk, USB flash drive, CD/DVD, network share or NAS, etc.
✍It allows you to backup multiple hard disks at the same time. 

4. Hit Schedule, Choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, or USB plug in in General tab, choose the Incremental Backup in Advanced tab to backup changes only since the last backup.

Schedule Settings General

Schedule Settings Advanced

✍ You could encrypt(paid), compress, split, comment the image file, use VSS, enable email or SMS notification, etc. with Options.
✍ And the event triggers, USB plug in, as well as differential backup in Schedule are premium features, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy.
✍ If you want to fully use the storage space on the destination, please tick Scheme to automatically delete old backup images while the backups exceeds the number you specified to retains.

5. Press Start Backup button to create a disk backup automatically in Windows 10.

Start Backup Scheduled

Keep the disk backup safe just in case of hard disk failure.

Besides, if you want to keep everything on the hard disk stay on the safe place, you could try the disk clone feature to clone hard drive to another hard drive without losing data, or try real time sync feature to sync files and folders in the source disk to the destination in real time (after the first full sync completed, it will sync changed files to the destination once the program detects any changes on the source), create WinPE bootable rescue media to restore data if the system fails to boot.

The End

As the best Handy Backup free alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard plays an important role in Windows backup and restore, even the hard disk cloning. 

If you are running Windows Sever 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2) and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more, like two way sync, mirror sync, command line backup/restore/clone, dynamic disk volume backup/restore/clone, migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling, etc.

If you would like to manage and monitor backups for all clients from one central console within LAN, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper.