An eye-catching cloning tool that does what it promises and little else
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We found Redo to be very sensitive to hardware changes, and we were only able to successfully restore images to identical hardware