Redo Backup

An eye-catch­ing cloning tool that does what it prom­ises and lit­tle else

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usability

Redo Backup & Re­cov­ery is one of the sim­plest apps to use. The Live CD boots straight into a graph­i­cal app that of­fers but­tons to ei­ther backup or re­store an im­age. Click­ing ei­ther takes you through a sim­ple wiz­ard. When cre­at­ing back­ups, it asks you to se­lect the par­ti­tions or disks you want to clone, while dur­ing restora­tion you’re prompted for the cloned im­age.

Mal­leabil­ity

The down­side of this sim­plic­ity is that un­like the other tools on test here, Redo doesn’t give you any tweak­able op­tions, such as the abil­ity to se­lect a com­pres­sion al­go­rithm for squeez­ing the images – which seems a strange omis­sion. It does how­ever in­clude quite a few use­ful disk util­i­ties that can help you pre­pare par­ti­tions and disks be­fore cloning them.

Net­work use

Redo can save and re­trieve cloned images from net­work shares and FTP servers across the lo­cal net­work. If you’ve con­fig­ured a net­work share on your LAN, it’ll also de­tect it au­to­mat­i­cally and at­tempt to use it. But since it’s pri­mar­ily de­signed for home users, Redo doesn’t sup­port the abil­ity to clone or de­ploy images to re­mote machines over the net­work.

Restora­tion

Restor­ing or de­ploy­ing clones from images is a walk in the park – you can start the process in a cou­ple of clicks. How­ever, Redo can only re­store images to same-sized or larger disks, and it’ll er­ror out if you point a larger im­age to a smaller disk.

Over­all

The eas­i­est bare-metal cloning op­tion of the lot, Redo takes away a lot of the con­trol over the cloning process in lieu of con­ve­nience. Also, it can only act on lo­cal machines.

7

We found Redo to be very sen­si­tive to hard­ware changes, and we were only able to suc­cess­fully re­store images to iden­ti­cal hard­ware

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