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Dantz Retrospect 7 Professional

by Dantz
Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4, Windows Me, Windows XP
12 customer reviews

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  • Protects networked desktops and notebooks for personal and home office backup.
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Product Description

Product Description

Retrospect 7 Pro delivers reliable automated protection for servers, desktops and notebooks in any small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Run your backups automatically, with filter that exclude unnecessary or unwanted information - saving you time and storage space. Retrospect protects open files and verifies all backup content, then provides the flexibility to leverage disk, tape, or optical devices for optimal backup and recovery performance. It runs on networked computers running Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Your SMB's critical information will be more secure than ever. Exchange Server protection enables backup and restore of individual public folders at the message level 128-bit AES data encryption on backup media Compatible with the latest releases of Red Hat Linux, SuSE LINUX, and Mac OS X Fibre Channel and iSCSI tape backup device support Supports 8GB Double Layer DVDs

From the Manufacturer

Your home and home-office computers contain more and more personal, family, and financial data. But what happens if you inadvertently delete a file, are attacked by a virus, or your computer fails? Will you lose your family photos or the only copy of your tax returns? Can you recover your information quickly to keep your home office running smoothly? That's why EMC Dantz designed Retrospect backup and recovery software--to make it easy to protect your data and computer systems.

  • Set up and run in 10 minutes
  • Complete protection for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux desktops and notebooks
  • Fast, reliable, secure backups
  • Smart restores with unparalleled accuracy
  • Full disaster recovery

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0007KI7I0
  • Item model number: PU10A007000
  • Date first available at February 10, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,690 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on November 28, 2005
After reading the less-than-winning reviews by others, I tried several less expensive alternatives - with less than stellar results. So I tested the Retrospect trial version that came with my Dell. I was impressed - so much so that I shelled out close to a C-note. And believe me, after once having suffered an unrecoverable crash, it's worth the peace of mind.

If nothing else, the software comes with a well-written and illustrated printed manual (a rarity these days), and an equally lucid help section. True, some of the terms are arcane ('progressive' backup) and some are needlessly brought into play (like 'snapshots'). Yet the package does very well for beginners with it's outstanding wizards -- if you are willing to read just the introductory chapter to get familiar with the terminology.

The pervasive ease-of-use fell short only in the vital 'Disaster Recovery' section: 1) nowadays most PC's ship with a manufacturer-specific Windows reinstallation disc that is 'unreadable' to the Retrospect media handler; how to create a disc image from the hard drive should have been geared more to the beginner; 2) totally unclear is how to make a bootable CD/DVD from the image; it would have saved me a lot of grief if the manual had only made it clear that the disc image is created in bootable format. That said, and realizing that few big-name computers ship with the original Windows installation disc, the company ought to have created yet another wizard so as to burn the disc image direct to a disc. I'm sure many users would be put off by the (totally unnecessary) extra step of having to exit Retrospect, then switch to another package to burn the Recovery disc image to a CD/DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Naidamast on December 23, 2005
It is rare that I find a piece of software that actually does what it is supposed to do. Retrospect-7 is that piece of software.

I have 32 years in the IT field and work at it just as hard at home on my own projects as I do on the job. As a result, my home-based, primary workstation is a highly volatile computer system from all the work and implementations performed on it. I have no time for crashed systems or the variety of software tools that claim they can restore a system without a "re-installation".

When a virus corrupted my boot sector I had no choice but to go to my backup system. It is the only thing you can do once the boot sector has been damaged. Using Retrospect-7 after re-installing a clean version of Windows-2000 w\SP4, I re-catalogued my backup and set it for an overnight restore. The next morning my system was back up, alive, and ready to go without a single problem.

True, Retrospect-7 is not for the end-user. And, there are times when the user-created boot-cd won't work as a result of the type of problem that is being worked on for resolution. It did not work for me. It is a technician's tool with presentations a technician can understand. And it's excellent manual, which can be easily obtained from Dantz Corporation's web-site, demonstrates alternative procedures for when things don't go the way they should. And these procedures work.

If you want to buy this product I couldn't recommend it more highly. However, to use it most successfully simply follow my steps outlined below for a system crash:


successive\grandfather strategy

2) When a system crash occurs, skip the alternative nonsense

that software-only tools tout.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Sung on November 21, 2005
This is a solid full feature backup software for home and small business. Due to all the features and flexibility of the software it's not easy to understand for computer adverse people. If you have difficulty understanding how to configure your computer and network through your control panel this product is too difficult for you.

I've set this up on a older computer not used very much with a 200Gb hard drive on a network. Installed client software on all the other computers that I want backed up. Mapped the computers and created restore discs in case of hard drive crash (especially laptops since it's crashed twice). I also created several restore points of my main computer so that I don't have to worry of installing new softwares or trial softwares. Great feature of this software is it will copy all files of a system even if it's locked and running.

If any of the system starts to slow down significantly, trial software installs spyware/rootkit or causes system instability I just restore the entire hard drive. I do the same with the kid's computer since they're constantly downloading and installing games.

Other files such as My Document folders and images I've identified separatly and are backed up at a set schedule. Rest of the operating system and software does not have to be backed up as often. Software works great and very fast even over the network. It can also back up files you have open and working on. Backing up first time takes bit longer but it's still faster than drag-and-drop over the network. After the first backup only new and changed files are backed up.
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