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Be Wary of Relying on a Single Back Up,
This review is from: Rebit Version 5, 3 User (PC) (CD-ROM)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The idea is that the software retains an updated copy of a drive to revert to in the event of a crash. It takes a 'disc image' (like Norton Ghost). When using Ghost, I always keep rotating copies whereas Rebit is updating a single image and you have to trust that the archive will restore correctly if needed. A bit like having a reserve parachute; it is not much use if you find out that it is faulty just when you need it. For this reason I just didn't feel I would get to the stage of being able to trust it.
The overall 'feel' and level of explanation didn't inspire trust and I found the initial backup painfully slow compared with alternatives. My other concern was that it was difficult to ascertain whether Rebit was doing a full verify against the original drive. I always used to 'copy/verify' when taking system images because all it needs is a power spike to trash the copy.
These days I use a RAID array (system writes to two discs simultaneously) combined with straight forward file copies (for example of Outlook data files), Dropbox and an occasional system image using Norton Ghost. This may seem overcautious but these days most PC owners hold so much crucial home and business data that relying on any one fall back copy is dangerous.
I don't denigrate the benefit of having a system image backup of the type Rebit offers. It means that you can copy a mirror image of your system back to the drive with all settings intact. Compare this with loading up all your software, data, program keys (look out 'Magic Bean/Keyfinder' to back these up by the way) short cuts and so on. However, I would never want to rely on a single backup and rotate through three manual copies (which is belt and braces because RAID protects against a single hard drive failure).