This is part 1 of a 3-part review. Make sure to check out all 3 parts for the full review.
Part 1 – Hasleo Intro And Backup Features
With the announcement of Macrium Reflect free being retired, I decided to take a closer look at Hasleo Backup Suite. Hasleo Backup Suite is a free full-featured imaging and backup solution compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. I currently own three licenses to Aomei Backupper Professional, therefore, my review will be a comparison to how Hasleo Backup Suite free compares to a full-featured Aomei Backup Suite. Note, Aomei also has a free version of their backup suite.
This review will consist of three parts. This first will be an introduction to Hasleo and a look at its backup features. Part two will look at Hasleo’s restore features, its included tools, and how to explore an image file. The final part will discuss the tests I performed and the methodology I used. It will compare all the features that are present and absent in the above three suites. And, finally, I will convey my overall verdict on the Hasleo Backup Suite.
Hasleo User Interface
The Hasleo user interface has a very simple design. The main window of Hasleo Backup Suite contains two areas: the navigation bar is a vertical column on the left side and the operation area is on the right side. The five main features are listed in the navigation bar (Home, Backup, Restore, Clone, and Tools). It is a very similar user interface to the Aomei and EaseUS user interfaces. Any user coming from either suite will adjust quickly to the Hasleo interface.
Hasleo Backup Features
Hasleo offers four backup types: System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, and File Backup. They can all be accessed from the Backup area.
System Backup allows the backing up of the Windows operating system and boot-related partitions, including user settings, drivers, and applications installed in these partitions. This ensures that the user can quickly restore their Windows operating system. This option will create an image of only the operating system partitions. Hasleo will automatically select these partitions.
The image file name (called task name) and description are filled with default items. These can be modified if desired. The default destination (defined in the settings) can also be modified.
Disk/Partition Backup allows the backing up of either the entire disk or an individual disk partition. The “Disk/Partition Backup” feature allows you to select multiple disks and partitions for backup, and the data on all selected disks and partitions will be saved to the backup image file.
File Backup allows specified files and folders, instead of the entire drive or partition, to be backed up into a backup image file.
One option that is currently absent from Hasleo is the ability to automatically check a backup upon completion. Perhaps they will add it soon. However, Hasleo has many options that can further enhance the backups. These are available when creating a new backup task or editing task information.
The space settings allow changes to the compression level, the ability to split the backup images into file sections, and the image retention policy.
Compression allows the ability to choose a level that can balance backup performance and saved storage space. A higher compression level generates smaller image files but may take up more CPU time.
Splitting allows a backup image to be split into several small files to allow storage to small mediums, such as CD/DVD, USB drive, or FAT32 partitions that may not handle the larger images. This can be automatic, predetermined or a custom size may be used.
The Image retention policy provides the ability to keep the most recent backup versions. Hasleo will automatically merge the backup versions according to the settings after the backup is completed, which can save storage space.
Hasleo can encrypt the backup image file. Hasleo Backup Suite uses the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm to encrypt the backup image files. The minimum length of the password is 6 and the maximum length is 64. The normal key size is 128-bit, but Hasleo has the option to use a 256-bit key size. Aomei also uses an AES cryptographic algorithm to encrypt images, but I do not know what their key size is.
Hasleo allows setting a Pre-command and a Post-command for a task. The command may be a program or a script. Note that when in the WinPE recovery environment, this feature may not work because the drive letter assigned to the partition might be different.
Hasleo can send email notifying the execution status of the backup task, i.e., the task is successful, failed, or human intervention is required. Note that when in the WinPE recovery environment, this feature may not work because a network is usually not configured in the WinPE environment.
Under the Advanced tab, a sector-by-sector backup can be selected to back up all sectors of the partitions regardless of whether the sectors are used by the file system.
Different types of backups (Full, Incremental, or Differential) can be scheduled to take place on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even based on an event. One interesting event trigger is USB drive is plugged in. If your target disk is a USB device, the defined operation will not occur until that device is seen through the event. This allows a task to be set up to image your system on an external USB device and automatically do an update each time that USB device is plugged into the system with a once-a-day limit option. A convenient and useful way to back up the system if you are using an external device.
Parts 2 and 3 are here; make sure to check them out:
- Hasleo Review – Part 1: Hasleo Intro and Backup Features ⬅ you are here
- Hasleo Review – Part 2: Restore Features & Tools
- Hasleo Review – Part 3: Test Results & Verdict