Redo Backup v1.0.4

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

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

You can use Redo Backup 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 Backup v1.0.4. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

Redo Backup: Methods, Sources, & Destinations

Redo Backup creating a new backup image

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 Backup:

Supported Backup Methods:

Redo Backup supports full backup.

Supported Backup Sources:

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

Supported Backup Destinations:

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

More About Redo Backup

  • 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 PhotoRec (a data recovery tool), a partition manager, and a hard drive formatting tool

My Thoughts on Redo Backup

Redo Backup 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 Backup 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 Backup is around 250 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 Backup. 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 Backup 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 Backup doesn't let you adjust compression level.