Rebit V5 Netbook Edition, 1 User Licence (PC)
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- Automatically protects your music, pictures and videos
- Real-Time backup of your data,applications and computer settings
- Quick and easy recovery from crashes,viruses or lost data
- Protect multiple computers with one backup drive
- Smartsave storage management with password protection
- Backup to USB and/or network attached storage (NAS) devices.
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 7
- Media: License
- Item Quantity: 1
Rebit v5 Netbook Edition 1 User
Remember when music was on a CD, pictures were on Kodak paper and videos were on VHS tape? Not anymore. Music, pictures and video have all gone digital. Even tax and medical records already have, or are going digital
Like most people, you don’t think about losing all of your digital content to an event such as a virus, disk crash, theft, fire or some other unforeseen circumstance. But it happens and all too often. Viruses are hiding everywhere and the component most likely to fail is the disk drive. Catch a virus or have a disk crash and you could lose all of your digital content.
Rebit 5 Backup Software is the safe, simple and smart way to protect your digital content. Rebit 5 provides automatic, transparent and continuous backup. Every song you download is immediately backed up. Every picture you transfer from your digital camera is immediately backed up. And it all happens without you having to do a thing –no DVDs to burn, no schedules to set and nothing to configure.
Need to restore your computer? Simply start up your computer using the Rebit CD, click restore and relax. That’s it. You’re back up and running.
Rebit 5 backup software —fully automatic system protection and hassle-free data recovery.
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Trouble was, the website demanded payment - a few pounds less than the CD version, it's true, but even so, not what I was expecting. Someone at the company obviously forgot to enable the site to dispense the promised review copies to people like me. There seemed no way round this problem, and as I wasn't going to pay to write my review I looked elsewhere on the company's website and downloaded a trial copy instead. Once I'd added the serial number Rebit had provided I was back on track. However, why they didn't just send a CD to reviewers I'm not quite sure.
On to the product. The beauty of Rebit 5 is its "automatic, transparent and continuous backup". It simply copies your entire computer onto an external drive and once that first copy is made, it updates it constantly without your needing to do a thing. You don't have to schedule backups, choose files or remember the difference between full, incremental or differential. You don't have to worry whether you included that new folder with all the important spreadsheet data, or your family photos, or your iTunes music folder; everything's taken care of in background.
My first concern was whether it would actually back up every file I saved. A glitch during setup when my computer lost power and I had to restart the initial backup seemed to confuse Rebit initially, and I needed to do a clean reinstall and start the backup again before it worked as advertised. We can;t blame the software for power cuts, though, and since then it' worked seamlessly and effectively. Touch wood.
There are one or two flaws: it backs up only the computers internal drives, not anything else external linked via a USB cable - at least, I couldn't get it to do it. You also need quite a hefty backup drive to effectively clone your entire computer - in my case a 2TB external hard drive. But as a lazy person's solution to backup, it seems great so far.
EDIT: Two years on, I've downgraded this review to 2 stars from my initial 4. The reason - I've just had to uninstall the software as it was increasingly slowing down my computer to the point when it became unusable. After days spent trying to diagnose the problem, I disabled the software and found my computer almost back to normal - no more constant ghard drive paging, more more "not responding" errors, no more waiting an age for programs to open or close. I suspect the problem developed as my backup drive became closer to full and the software took longer to save data, although why it didn't just delete old backup versions to dave space (as advertised) I don't know. Having formatted my backup drive, I'm now back to weekly backups...although one lingering problem remains in that I can't seem to completely remove every trace of Rebit's folders from my system.
So, if you only want local backup, this will do. It's cheap and works acceptably.If not, look elsewhere.
One quick tip: a little-advertised fact is that Rebit's software is available for a free 30-day trial period. Go to Rebit.com's support forums and look for the "latest version" discussion thread, where you'll find download links for Rebit's software.
A second quick tip: You still ought to get an offsite backup IN ADDITION to this! What if there's a fire? Or a burglar steals your computer _and_ the backup drive?! What I do is use a free Dropbox account. It's only 2GB, for the free package, but that's _plenty_ for all my irreplaceable Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets etc.
Rebit 5 works so quietly and unobtrusively that I sometimes think it's not actually doing anything. One check though and it's obvious that everything I transfer from a digital camera or download from Amazon's mp3 site is being carefully stored and protected. The software itself is simple to install and once it's running is very efficient - it doesn't appear to affect the speed of my computer at all. PX Software claim that Rebit 5 also offers a quick and easy recovery of data from crashes and viruses - hopefully I will have to take them at their word but I'd rather feel safe than become another sorry victim of the cyber criminals.
So, this would be great in many ways, for the average, non-technical user with a small hard drive, and a sufficient drive to back up to.
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