Redo Rescue v2.0.3

A Full Review of Redo Rescue, a Free Backup Software Program

Redo Rescue is free backup software in the form of a bootable Live CD.

You can use Redo Rescue to backup an entire hard drive or a single partition to an image file which can then be easily restored via the bootable disc.

This review is of Redo Rescue v2.0.3. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to cover.

Redo Rescue: Methods, Sources, & Destinations

Redo Rescue backup software

The types of backup supported, as well as what on your computer can be selected for backup and where it can be backed up to, are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a backup software program. Here's that information for Redo Rescue:

Supported Backup Methods:

Redo Rescue supports full backup.

Supported Backup Sources:

Specific partitions and entire hard drives can be backed up with Redo Rescue.

Supported Backup Destinations:

A backup can be created on a local hard drive, FTP server, network folder, or external hard drive.

More About Redo Rescue

  • Completely free for any use (commercial or personal)
  • Can backup and restore a Windows or Linux operating system
  • An easy to follow wizard guides you through a backup or restore
  • Runs at full speed because it's working outside of the OS
  • A volume's name and its total storage is shown to help identify the correct hard drive to backup or restore
  • The program interface is free from clutter and not confusing
  • Live CD includes other tools like a file browser, image viewer, hardware lister, and web browser.

My Thoughts on Redo Rescue

Redo Rescue may not have all the bells and whistles of similar backup software, but I like how quick and easy it is to use.

The very first screen you see when you boot into Redo Rescue is a large Backup and Restore button. Clicking either one walks you through a super easy to follow the wizard. There are hardly any steps before starting, which speeds up the process.

The fact that you have the option to backup to an FTP server is nice, considering this is not always an option for programs that run off a disc.

The ISO file for Redo Rescue is around 400 MB, which may take some time to download. Also, you must use third party software to burn the image file to a disc because none is included with Redo Rescue. See How to Burn an ISO Image File to a DVD, CD, or BD for instructions if you're not sure what you're doing.

Because Redo Rescue can't modify the bootloader, backups must be restored to a hard drive of equal or greater size than the source, which is unfortunate.

In addition to the above, Redo Rescue doesn't let you adjust compression level.