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Rebit 5 review

David McKinnon
28 Aug 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
25
inc VAT

Refreshingly simple but robust backup application that is pretty much foolproof

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Specifications

Making a backup of a computer system is a conceptually simple task. It involves making a copy of everything on your computer's hard disk and keeping this as up to date as possible, perhaps with a little compression, while ideally allowing you to skip back to a more secure and stable point in your computer's history. Should the worst happen and your computer can no longer start, it's also useful to have a rescue boot disk that allows you to access your backed-up applications and data and restore them to your PC. Backup software is no good if it's not set up correctly, though. Rebit 5 addresses this problem by removing the user as much as possible from the backup process.

ReBit 5 doesn't so much lead you through the potentially complex process of configuring your backup as reduce the process to the absolute bare essentials and give you precious little control over those. While this approach may not suit everyone, many computer users will be glad not to have to deal with the nitty-gritty of computer backup, particularly when the plummeting price of storage makes regular full system backups more attractive.

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Rebit's interface is simplicity itself

When you first run it, Rebit 5 prompts you to select a drive or drives to back up. The C drive is selected as the default and locked backup option, and you can't deselect it. File system support is limited to NTFS, so Linux and FAT32 partitions will not appear - however, if your laptop has a protected partition containing driver and OS installation data (often in place of a Windows disk and a driver disk) this will be detected and, as on our test system, also selected and locked.

Rather than making backups according to a schedule or triggered by certain actions like software installation or system shutdown, Rebit works in the background continuously, backing up files as they are altered as long as the specified backup device is attached. Typically this will be an external USB hard disk or a network-attached drive. If the drive is ever disconnected, Rebit will simply catch up when you reconnect it. The backup process doesn't seem to hamper computer performance unduly, but the full initial disk image is processor- and disk-intensive, so you're best off running it overnight. The Rebit icon in the system tray will inform you when your files are at risk and could use a fresh backup. You can also rotate between backup disks, so you can always keep one safely off-site.

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