My hard disk crashed. I installed a new disc drive, which of course was blank. I used rescue disks to re-install Windows 7 and all the drivers. I installed my various other software, then looked to recover my data from CMS BounceBack. When I installed CMS software, I was warned that the program would reformat and erase my backup drive. This product sucks.
CMS BounceBack Ultimate is simple-but-effective software that backs up your PC's entire contents to an external storage device
- Extremely simple
- It isn't cheap, can't transfer your bootable backup from one USB drive to another
CMS BounceBack Ultimate is simplicity itself, and does a find job of backing up entire systems. As a consequence it is easy to recommend. But it's not a cheap solution, and you'll end up with some pretty hefty backup files.
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The main benefit of CMS BounceBack Ultimate is its utter simplicity. We tested a solution that comprises an external USB hard drive with the CMS BounceBack Ultimate backup software already installed. It makes protecting your most valuable data a cinch.
On installing the CMS BounceBack Ultimate software on the PC and pointing it at the correct storage destination, you're prompted to create a full system backup. An initial 15GB total PC backup took only 28 minutes on our relatively clean and lightly used system, and we were even using the machine as it worked.
CMS BounceBack Ultimate isn't disk-imaging software — it simply grabs every file on your machine and dumps it on to your chosen backup drive. This means that you can access backed up files on any PC. It also means that you don't have to decide what to back up, or stop using your PC alone while it's being backed up. This is great, of course, but it does mean that you'll have some pretty hefty backups.
CMS BounceBack Ultimate also produces a bootable disk, so if the worst happens you can boot straight back into your system from any Windows PC. Again, a massive plus point, this time with two caveats. Number one: you can't transfer your bootable backup from one USB drive to another. Secondly, CMS BounceBack Ultimate uses 256-bit AES encryption, so you'll need CMS BounceBack Ultimate installed on any machine that you use to restore a backup. Keep your software key handy.
The CMS BounceBack Ultimate software's interface is about as simple as simple can be. Whether its big, cartoon-like buttons aesthetically please you is really a matter of taste.
After your first backup you can set it up to do regular incremental backups, or use the 'CDP' mode. Continuous Data Protection works as an on-the-fly backup that you can set up to update every minute, should you wish.
Such activity would, you'd think, kill your machine's running speed, but CMS BounceBack Ultimate uses hardware throttling to keep things running. In our informal tests we didn't notice any system slowdown.
- Easy to use
- Does not support file versioning
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Since Version 14, Bounce Back Ultimate does not support file versioning. That means you cannot recover from a corrupted file if the problem is detected after the next backup cycle. If you backup daily, then you have one day to recover the file before it is lost.
There are many good backup programs available that allow recovery of a file from a number of backup copies. Backup daily and restore from any day in your backup history. Bounce Back Ultimate is not one of them. Be sure to read the fine print before upgrading, because CMS Products will not issue a refund.
- Product did everything it claims with flying colors
- Does not support Windows 8 and despite company assurances it will, it still does not support Windows 8
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It would appear that the company has no issues in leaving their loyal customers hanging when it comes to Windows 8.
At release 11, it handles your data just fine but it has no chance of recovering your system from a catastrophic failure if you are running Windows 8.
It would also appear that their management doesn't care enough about their customer base to have this resolved by now.
Based on their lack of Windows 8 support, I would like to give them a rating of -5 but the system won't let me.
- not bounceback
- this procuct sucks
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installed compuiter image and it failed to recobert
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