EMC Corporation Retrospect Express HD 2.0

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
EMC Corporation Retrospect Express HD 2.0
  • Expert Rating

    2.50 / 5

Pros

  • Retrospect Express HD makes getting into a backup routine a simple process.

Cons

  • The lack of a traditional, option-filled configuration dialogue box takes a bit of getting used to.

Bottom Line

This reliable and extremely easy-to-use backup program is more expensive than competing apps.

Would you buy this?

With so many users backing up to hard drives, it's a wonder EMC didn't start selling its super-easy-to-use Retrospect Express HD 2.0 backup program sooner. Previously available only when bundled with Maxtor's OneTouch hard drives, Retrospect Express HD has received a mild overhaul and now has been released on its own. We tested a shipping version of the $66.50 application and found it as simple and intuitive to use as its full-blown Retrospect Professional cousin is complex and obtuse.

Unlike the Professional version, Express HD is a single-job software: one full backup, then incremental backups of a single data set. Users can't tell it to run different jobs at different times with different data sets, as is available with Pro.

Retrospect Express HD makes getting into a backup routine a simple process. Backups are configured via an attractive step-by-step wizard and managed using a system tray menu. We found that the lack of a traditional, option-filled configuration dialogue box took a bit of getting used to, but in the end, Retrospect Express HD's keep-it-simple, set-it-and-forget-it philosophy quickly won us over.

Many low-cost backup programs simply copy files, leaving the file structure intact for easy browsing using Windows Explorer. Express HD 2.0, while it can do this as well, defaults to a traditional approach of consolidating everything into a single compressed backup file. While users will have to reinstall Express HD to browse a compressed backup in the event disaster strikes, it also means better security, easier internal cataloguing, and easier on-demand restoration of files.

The biggest problem I had with Retrospect Express HD is its price: $66.50 is awfully steep for a program without disaster recovery, and there's stiff competition that are less expensive.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?