This is Part 3 of a 3-part review. Make sure to check out all 3 Parts for the full review.
Part 3 – Hasleo Test Results & Verdict
Test Methodology – Backups
My main interest was testing the image and image restore capabilities of Hasleo and how it compared to Aomei. I used three computers: two Windows 10 machines, and one Windows 11 machine. All PCs had one SSD drive with partitions for the operating system, data, and image backups. One PC had a second physical hard drive. I made multiple image backups on each machine with both Hasleo and Aomei and compared the results. I made system backups, disk backups, partition backups, and some encrypted backups. I backed up to a partition on the same disk, another hard drive on the same computer, a USB-attached drive, and a storage device attached to my local network (NAS). I added and subtracted data files to create a combination of large, medium, and small partition sizes. All image backups used the default compression level for each suite. Overall, I made 30 backups and compared those to Aomei. Here are the results of eight of the image backups. As you can see, the speed and size of both Hasleo and Aomei are very close.
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I performed restores using both the Hasleo GUI method and the Hasleo WinPE-based bootable media method. I did the same with Aomei. I was not concerned with speed, just the final result. Still, both applications were very quick and took roughly the same amount of time. On partition restores, while using the GUI, Hasleo rebooted every time. But in some cases, Aomei was able to restore a partition without rebooting. There were no issues with any restore for either suite.
There was one restore I was performing with Hasleo. From the GUI, Hasleo will build a Rescue Media WIM image, reboot to the Rescue Media WIM image, do the restore request, and when complete, boot back into Windows. However, when Windows was closing to start the reboot, I saw the “Windows Is Getting Ready to Install Updates” message. I figured the restore would fail but Hasleo rebooted, restored the image, Windows rebooted again, and installed the Windows update.
Feature Comparison Between Hasleo, Aomei Free, Aomei Professional
|Function||Hasleo||Aomei Free||Aomei Pro|
|Backup to Local Disk||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backup to External Disk||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backup to USB Flash Drive||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backup to Network/NAS||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backup to CD/DVD||Yes||No||Yes|
|Backup Dynamic Disk||Not Sure||No||Yes|
|Split Backup Image||Yes||Partial||Yes|
|File Filter Settings||No||No||Yes|
|USB Plug-in Backup||Yes||No||Yes|
|Dynamic Disk Restore||Not Sure||No||Yes|
|Restore NTFS Permissions||Yes||No||Yes|
|Disk Clone||Yes||Data Disk Only||Yes|
|Adjust Partition Size||Yes||No||Yes|
|Add Unused Space||Yes||No||Yes|
|Dynamic Disk Volume Clone||Not Sure||No||Yes|
|Create Bootable Media||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Compress Backup Image||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Check Backup Image||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|View Backup Logs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import/Export Backup Task||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Merge Backup Images||Yes||No||Yes|
|Command Line Utility||No||No||Yes|
Active Development & Support
As can be seen from this list, Hasleo is a complete backup and image suite. It has many of the features of Aomei Professional and significantly more features than Aomei free. In addition, Hasleo is being actively developed. The first version of Hasleo was released in May 2021. The current version 3.2 was released on 12/22/2022. When I started this review at the beginning of December, Hasleo had just released version 3. With the announcement of Macrium Free being deprecated, a forum was started on Wilder Security Forums. The developers joined the forum and were very engaged. During that time, versions 3.0.1 and 3.0.2 were released to fix some issues. Three or four test versions were released to the forum to address other issues found by the testing. And finally, version 3.2 was released. This shows an extreme effort being put in by the development team for a free product.
As to the future of Hasleo, this is a full-featured suite that is free. Will the developers keep it free, or will they end up offering a stripped-down free version and a professional version in the future? I don’t know, but Hasleo does have other free software and utilities on its website. Maybe they will keep it free using it to drive traffic and awareness to the other non-free software on their site.
Hasleo is a free full-featured imaging and backup solution that is being actively developed. The developers give quick responses to questions and quickly fix problems found with the software. Also, they are continually adding new features. In all my tests, Hasleo functioned perfectly. As I stated, I currently have three licenses for Aomei Backupper Professional. At this point, I find Aomei to be a little more refined than Hasleo. But Hasleo is catching up quickly. For now, I will stay with Aomei. However, I have no reservations about recommending Hasleo for those who are currently using Aomei free or are looking for a replacement for Macrium Reflect Free which is being deprecated later this year.
NOTE: Macrium Reflect Free has now been replaced by Hasleo Backup Suite Free in DCT’s list of recommended software.
Please read Hasleo Review Parts 1 & 2:
- Hasleo Review – Part 1: Hasleo Intro and Backup Features
- Hasleo Review – Part 2: Restore Features & Tools
- Hasleo Review – Part 3: Test Results & Verdict ⬅ you are here