If you want to back-up your computer without hassle, buy Rebit 5. No, this isn’t a poorly veiled advertorial, it is our findings after playing around the back-up software. It has its faults (soon to be listed), but as far as overall experiences go, this is the iPhone of back-up software.
Rebit takes two key inspirations from Apple: it’s beautiful, and it’s beautifully simple. It begins with the installation process, which takes around ten seconds. Rebit has clearly done a lot of work in keeping the application as clean behind the interface as in front of it.
You can put it on your computer or an external harddrive, allowing the portable HDD to backup everywhere it goes. Rebit comes pre-installed on some externals at minuscule extra cost, so look out for it when you next go shopping.
Once installed, an attractive window pops-up, full of gentle shadows, cute roll-overs and simple, big buttons. You’re met with a screen asking you to select a backup location – either a local drive or a network share.
Local drive is simple enough – you’ll either use a spare harddrive inside your computer, or the external drive. Click’it and you’re sorted. You can also back-up to a network location – Rebit will scour the network for available options. For back-up areas where you need a username or password, they can be completed in-program.
Then you’re free to gaze at the home screen. There are three options: Browse Backup, Make
Recovery Point and Settings. Browse Backup lets you find old restore points to return your system to an earlier point, while Make Recovery Point creates a new backup iteration.
Recovery points occur automatically every 24 hours, if your drive is connected to your computer. The Continuous Data Protection also works automatically, monitoring your files and making a back-up whenver one is edited. You can then right-click the file and revert it back to older versions. Cool.
Settings allows you to chose Drives to Back Up, choose more Backup Locations (either local disk or network), create a Recovery Disk to recover your entire computer should the current HDD die and set a password to defend your backup from prying eyes.
The Recovery Disk option allows you to back-up the Rebit software to CD, DVD, or USB Drive. We had a bit of an issue with this – none of our USB drives appeared to work. We’re not sure whether it was because our sticks were formatted to Fat32 (only the more modern NTFS is properly supported by the software), because the memory stick’s capacity was at 1.438MB, or because of a software glitch.
A browse around the help file might have helped us work it out, but the help button doesn’t seem to work. A windows pops-up and disappears before loading anything. Uh-oh. Maybe the non-working help file is an ironic statement about how easy Rebit is to use? Probably not.
It’s not too annoying, because you can still access the help documentation by navigating your harddrive. Or call the complimentary 90 day phone support. Perfect.