PowerQuest SecondChance 2.0

SecondChance works in a simple way: every day at 8:00 a.m., the program takes a snapshot of your hard drive (called a checkpoint). You can add in as many checkpoints as you like, and you can also manually instruct SecondChance to take a checkpoint at any time (such as just before you install a new piece of software). The program then records any changes or additions to any files that occur until the next checkpoint is taken.

Wham! Something happens! Choose which checkpoint you want to return your computer to and hit the button. SecondChance will restart your computer and you're back on line.

SecondChance keeps a copy of all the modified files since that point, so you can restore any files you've worked on through the viewer window. The viewer shows a directory tree of all the directories and files that have been created, modified or deleted, and colour codes them accordingly for "easy reference.

Some programs need to restart the computer before they are fully installed. Programs that write during the pre-Windows boot can't be rolled back as SecondChance doesn't begin to monitor until Windows starts.

When you first install Second-Chance, it creates both an emergency boot disk to start up your computer and a baseline checkpoint. It then saves a copy of every file that's modified between checkpoints, so a lot of hard drive space is needed. You can limit the amount of space SecondChance uses - the program will just delete old checkpoints when it hits the limit.

Each restore takes only two minutes to complete and this, combined with its set-and-forget approach, makes it an excellent choice for general computer users.

PowerQuest SecondChance 2.0

Price: $141.90

Distributor: Marketing Results

Phone: (02) 9899 5888

URL: www.powerquest.com

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Jacinta Thomler

PC World

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