5 Top Offline Photo Backup Solutions

We are aware of the benefits of online photo backup solutions. They are safe and secure. The servers where our photos are backed up are managed and maintained by professionals. However, 100% privacy, cost-effectiveness, and control are still a question.

For that matter, you can have a look at below listed offline photo backup solutions. Here we are not suggesting you use offline photo backup tools only but to use a combination of offline and online photo backup tools. You can backup all your photos on these offline tools and the important ones in an online space like Flickr, Skydrive / Onedrive, Dropbox etc.

Popular Offline Photo Backup Solutions


Rsync backup tool was launched in 1996. Then it was only meant for Unix based system. Today it runs on almost all platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac. The biggest advantage of using Rsync is the speedy and efficient transfer of data. It is a Free tool.

Time Machine

Time Machine is a Free tool developed by Apple and runs only on Mac platforms. It is a tool designed for versioned and incremental backups. Apple’s Time Machine backs up your data and keeps a check for changes. Another similar tool from Apple is the Time Capsule, a wireless external hard drive, This time capsule backs up your data wirelessly.

Acronis True Image Home

This offline backup tool runs on Windows platform and costs about $50. This tool gives you three type of backup options either you can opt to perform incremental and differential backups or image whole disk or you can back up the entire disk.

Windows Home Server

This backup tool also runs on Window platforms and costs about $99. The main advantage of this tool that it’s easy to setup and easy to use. It backs up your data on daily basis onto your network. The only disadvantage here is that it’s not a tool but an operating system and requires a dedicated machine to be installed on.


SyncBack is one of the finest offline backup tool available in the space. It creates redundant copies of your system’s data onto an external hard disk or other medias like removable disks etc. The basic version of this tool is Free whereas the advance versions cost $50 approximately.

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Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!