Dantz Retrospect Express 265

Backup softwareBacking up your data is a necessary evil, and Retrospect Express amply fits the bill as a simple and easy-to-use backup utility.

Dantz may not ring any bells for Windows users but it has a long backup history on the Mac, covering both single users and complete networks. Express is the entry-level, single-user version, which works with all current versions of Windows. It supports a wide range of removable media, including CD-R and CD-RW, plus EIDE tape drives.

Installation and configuration is a doddle - the first time, it runs a wizard and asks a few simple questions on what to back up and when. Its scripting tool then kicks in to automate the whole process. EasyScript uses your answers to create a backup strategy, including media rotation and retirement, in addition to backup scheduling. Neat touches abound - you can burn a 'disaster recovery' bootable CD-R that will restore everything in the event of a hard disk failure, without needing to reinstall the operating system first.

Restoring is flexible thanks to its Incremental Plus feature, which records a snapshot of the PC's drive. Any number of files from any number of backup sets can be selected and Retrospect will automate and optimise the restore process. This can be performed on an active system, allowing a disk, folder, or the Registry to be 'rolled back' to a previously backed-up state.

Dantz Retrospect Express 265

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