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61. Internet Security Barrier X Backup
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62. GoBack 3 Deluxe
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63. Acronis PowerUtilities 2003
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64. Drive Image 2002
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65. Stomp RecoverLost Data
$69.99 $59.88
66. DVD's Unlimited
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67. Dantz Dev. RETROSPECT 6.0 SERVER
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68. Steganos Security Suite 6.0
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69. Client 1 Pack for Mac 6.0
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70. Ultra Wincleaner One-Click Back-Up
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71. Internet Child Protection
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72. Gamedrive 9.0
73. Retrospect Express 5.5
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74. DriveCopy 4.0
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75. Allume Boost XP for Windows
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76. Dantz Dev. UPG RETROSPECT CLIENTS
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77. GameDrive 8.0
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78. DriveClone
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79. BackUp MyPC
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80. Exec. Soft. UNDELETE 4.0 Professional

61. Internet Security Barrier X Backup Edition (Mac)
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Asin: B0001IQNAC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intego
Sales Rank: 3687
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62. GoBack 3 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005JAFF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 3711
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The latest in Roxio's system recovery line, GoBack 3 Deluxe is full of data recovery and system restoration features aimed at restoring a troubled system to a functional state in as short a time as possible. Among its arsenal of quick fixes are a file recovery system that restores files deleted from the Windows recycle bin, a boot manager that allows users to repair operating systems that won't start at all, and more.

The meat of the program is its drive restoration function, which creates periodic system safe points to which GoBack can revert a system. For example, if a recently installed program causes some sort of failure, GoBack can restore the system to its state prior to the program's installation. Or if the PC worked when the system was booted up but some unknown factor has hosed it, GoBack can revert the system to its startup state. GoBack can catalog several restore points, depending on the amount of available disk drive space it has. One feature even allows GoBack to revert a system to a particular safe point on a regular basis, which is ideal for PCs in controlled environments.

GoBack 3 caters to newbies and experienced users alike. The application is capable of automating everything for hands-off drive preservation, but is also completely configurable. The documentation, both online and physical, is thorough and friendly, as are the tutorials, so anyone willing to spend the necessary time will be able to take full advantage of GoBack's layered features.

The major flaw with GoBack is its propensity to churn the hard drive almost incessantly. It's especially noticeable right after the program is installed and after the user installs new software. This victimizes owners of older systems lacking DMA hard drives by bogging down almost everything, from simple Windows Explorer file management to application loading. Modern systems are more forgiving; however, writes (saving data to the hard drive) are noticeably bottlenecked.

GoBack 3 Deluxe isn't a replacement for regular backups of your important data files--it can't save your system in the case of a catastrophic hardware failure--but its wide range of system restore features can greatly cut down the time necessary for recovery from a virus, a failed program installation, driver corruption, or other common data problems. --Joel Durham, Jr. ... Read more

Reviews (45)

5-0 out of 5 stars Peace of mind.
I am very particular about my computer. However (at my wife`s insistance), I`ve installed some childrens programs/games for nieces and nephews (ages 3-10) and have a 13 year old niece who likes to surf the internet and leave me little surprises. (changed wallpaper, screensavers, messages, etc.)

Needless to say this can sometimes leave me with a jumbled up mess to fix. I`m also a download junkie and always trying new apps and utilities. Although I do periodic back ups it`s nice to be able to pinpoint exactly where I want my system to be restored to. If an install goes bad or new app messes things up it`s a very simple matter to back things up, even if Windows won`t start.

I run a DELL XPS with W98/SE Pentium 550mhz/288 megs RAM and have seen no system slowdown whatsoever. Expect to hear some more hardrive activitiy in particular if you have software that updates via the internet on a daily basis and affects a large number of files.

Cons, not too many. I would like to see a bit more configurability. Such as not having to protect an extended DOS partition on the C: drive. You have the option of setting passwords on the administrative and user level that will keep prying fingers of 13 year old nieces from deleting your GOBACK history and such.

Overall, I highly recommend this protection for anyone who has information on their PC they don`t want to lose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good program
I don't have GoBack 3, but my extensive use came from an earlier version and the trial version of GoBack 3. Unfortunately my hard drive got fried in a thunder storm and that's something not even GoBack can fix. From what I know about this program is that it is one of the best programs out there. I usually download a lot of stuff, right now I even pushed my computer to 500MB free of 80GB. lol. With so many downloads comes the risk of many things going wrong. With this program installed, you need not worry.

Its much better than the System Restore feature for Windows ME and XP. You basically don't have to create a restore point becuse it creates many automatically. You can basically restore your computer to any time. My computer has crashed a couple of times. You know the usual, Windows can't start, freezing after installing bad programs, virus attacks. When all this happends, I just revert the computer to a time before and all is well. It makes me more bold at trying new software.

This program is very easy to use, so fear not. Right now I don't have the program, so I'm just looking to buy it now. BTW, this program starts before Windows starts and gives you a couple of seconds to start GoBack if you want.

Are there any cons? Yes there are. You must be carefull when reverting your computer. This isn't like the Windows Restore that I think just reverts basically configuration, this literally reverts everything. From installed programs to files. So if you revert it to a time before you started typing that 100 page paper, then that paper is gone. That's just to tell you how good this program is, and with great power comes great responsibility. lol.

The amount of memory it allocates to GoBack is dependent on the machine it is running on. This could mean using a lot of memory. I'm not sure but this definately uses a couple gigs on my machine since its an 80 gig. Here's the best thing. If you're not sure whether you want to buy it or not, try downloading the trial version from the roxio website. That's what I did, but that expired. I think its posible to register it after, but its better to have the cd hence I'm buying it.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT USE WITH WINDOWS XP
I have used GoBack on Win98 & ME OS in the past with no problems, but when I build three computers using WIN XP PRO, the only nightmare I had was when I installed GoBack, which came with Norton Systemworks. The computers would reboot once the install completed and then would fully lockup. At first I thought I made an install mistake, but after three times of reformating the hard drive and installing all my software (4 hours later each time), the same problem occurred, full lockup.

There is NO support from Symantec for their products unless you want to spend $30.00. You can email Symantec Tech Support after spending 20 minutes researching their site for Tech Support email site, but after 3 days, still no response back from Symantec. Save yourself ALOT of problems and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT install GoBack on your system if you are running Win XP. Restoreit 3.0 seems to work better. Check most of the reviews, which give GoBack one star at best. After spending 12 hours reformating and installing software three (3) times, never again will I use GoBack!

1-0 out of 5 stars trouble with go back
if for some reason you what to remove or disable go back you be asking for fun as it in my case jam up xp
so it made it hard to re move

1-0 out of 5 stars Symantec has ruined a formerly good software
Symantec isn't what it used to be, they are not the same once-great company who built a solid reputation with "Norton Utilities". Nowadays, their software is buggy, and they offer NO free, live tech support!

An example is GoBack. When Roxio had it, it was a great software. I used it on Windows 98 2nd edition and never had one problem with it, and it saved me a lot of hassles, a number of times.

But this version does not work with XP. I have a Dell computer, right out of the box; that is, no extra hard drive, no petitions, just a plain old computer with some software and utilities.

I loaded GoBack 3 Deluxe and then my computer would not start. It looped through the Windows Screen and the GoBack screen, never opening XP to my desktop.

I thought, "No problem! I'll call tech support!" Yeah, right! There IS NO TECH SUPPORT BY PHONE. Not unless you wish to pay them $30 per issue, to talk with you. You read that correctly: The software you just bought does not have any live phone OR chat tech support! The only option is to pay $30 for their help, or to write them an email

I wrote them an email.

They wrote me back the next day, but not with solutions. Rather with a whole bunch of questions that seem fairly irrelevant. Who makes my hard drive??!! What is my Bios version? They suggested I call my computer manufacturer, to get the answer to these 5-6 questions. I did so.

I wrote them back.

They said that I should go into my registry and do a lot of editing (editing which could TOTALLY eff up my computer if it isn't done 100% accurately; and who knows if they told me the right way to do it?)

So I am out $30, because I waited past the 30 days before installing it. (I procrastinated it, precisely because I had a feeling it would end up being a nightmare installing it! I was right.)

In conclusion: Do not buy GoBack for XP SerPack 1. ... Read more


63. Acronis PowerUtilities 2003
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Asin: B00006JJOT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Acronis
Sales Rank: 6998
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64. Drive Image 2002
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Asin: B000066J6A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 3344
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

No fuss, no fumbling with media; back up your entire drive the easy way with Drive Image 2002. Drive Image utilities let you back up your whole hard drive to another drive as if it was a file. It's fast and easy to back up, and fast and easy to restore your system if you have a disaster. The helpful wizards, the automatic scheduling, and the partitioning tool (for setting aside a section of your drive for backup images) make Drive Image the simplest image tool on the market.

Other utilities make you reboot in DOS to run them; Drive Image 2002 has a friendly Windows interface, and provided you're not backing up your system partition, you can do everything from Windows. If you do want to back up your system partition, the software takes care of rebooting, running the backup, and restarting Windows automatically. And if that's not convenient, you can schedule it to run automatically when you shut down your PC. Plus, you can set it to do regular backups at times when you're not likely to be using your PC.

In addition to the straightforward wizard options, there are also more powerful tools available. If you don't have a second hard drive or space on your primary drive, you can save an image onto a CD-ROM, a removable drive, or another PC over a network. If you want to upgrade to a new system rather than back up your data, you can clone one hard drive onto another. Although it's a Windows program, you can back up Linux file systems as well as FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. You can password-protect your backup partition, back up the Master Boot Record, and clean the boot partition. And when things go wrong, in addition to booting from rescue disks and running a full restore, the ImageExplorer utility lets you retrieve individual files from your backups.

Drive Image 2002 is powerful enough to keep your files safe and simple enough to make backups painless. Just make sure the disk you save your backup to doesn't suffer the same disaster as your PC. --Mary Branscombe, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
I used Drive Image 2002 on my Windows 98 SE and My Windows
NT 4.0 System and found it to be flawless. Its easy to understand,its faster than previous versions, and it
gave me perfect backups of individual partitions and files. I am a relativly novice computer user amd it has solved all of my problems. I don't use Norton tulities anymore--this is easier. If I have a problem, I simply restore my good copy rather than go through the hocus-pocus that Norton requires. I love it!
I do wish they had someone to talk to--No telephone support.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not learn the hard way
I've used Drive Image and am finally replacing it with hopefully something that'll function. Drive Image successfully created up a backup pqi file and even copied that onto cds. But its now that I am trying to restore the image file and am coming up with software errors and havn't been able to restore without error for 4 reboots. Now I'm uninstalling this garbage and replacing it with Ghost. If even that software can't get this right then a hard drive duplicator (hardware) may be the way to go. Try the norton product or get the hardware version, don't learn the hard way.

1-0 out of 5 stars Drive Image 2002
WARNING:The product documentaion is just a few pages long and does not convey the full extent of steps necessary to actually perform a complete hard drive image back up and restore.This product actually rendered the drive I was trying to back up inactive and would not boot frtom the new drive.

If you value your data watch out using this one!I spent 70 dollars on this software." I will share my strong consumer opinions with all"

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Product
I have had horrible luck with this product.

First, when it tried to create a backup partition, it wiped out my whole hard drive. So I had to reload everything.

Then it will not burn the image to CDs as advertised.

I wrote to tech support for help and no response after a week. I wrote again and no response for 35 days.

When they finally did write back, they wanted me to uninstall practically everything and actually make hardware changes to my PC in order to get their product to work. NOT!

The product went in the trash - and I don't buy Power Quest products any more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Backup/Restore Utility Ever
Drive Image is the best, and easiest to use, backup software I've ever used. With only floppy and CD drives it can restore and entire hard disk in less than an hour, instead of weeks.
For easier use for regular data backups, I'd recommend re-partitioning so all data files are in a separate partition. Then backup that partition with all your data files to a rotating set of CD-RW's on a regular basis. ... Read more


65. Stomp RecoverLost Data
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Asin: B0006698Q0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Stomp Inc
Sales Rank: 5706
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Features

  • Finds and recovers lost or deleted files, folders, e-mails & drives
  • Recovers pictures, music files and other data from most digital cameras, & MP3 players and other removable storage devices.
  • RecoverLost Data works with most media storage devices including IDE/EIDE/ATA drives, floppy drives, Zip¨ and Jaz¨ drives, SCSI¨ drives, CompactFlash¨,SmartMedia¨, CD-ROMs, DVDs, digital cameras and USB drives.

66. DVD's Unlimited
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Asin: B0007Z70R4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Spunky Monkey Inc
Sales Rank: 7556
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67. Dantz Dev. RETROSPECT 6.0 SERVER MAC ( GU10A600000 )

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Asin: B0001GDEH4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 6759
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68. Steganos Security Suite 6.0
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Asin: B000213ZBI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 2116
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Features

  • Encryption software holds up to 128 GB of sensitive data
  • Safely transport encrypted data and access it from anywhere
  • Internet Trace Destructor deletes even more traces
  • One-click-destruction and automatic deletion after surfing
  • Deep-cleaning shredder completely removes unwanted files

69. Client 1 Pack for Mac 6.0

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Publisher: Dantz
Sales Rank: 10696
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70. Ultra Wincleaner One-Click Back-Up

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Asin: B000129TUO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Enteractive Inc.
Sales Rank: 8817
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Features

  • Back up to any media -CD-R, CD-R/W, floppy, Zip or another hard drive
  • Flexible Restore brings back any individual file or folder -- or an entire drive
  • Windisk Alert silently monitors our hard drive and gives a warning when the disk is unreliable
  • Powerful compression tools store, encrypt and protect your data onto a single CD
  • Never lose vital data again -- pictures, MP3s, recipes, screensavers, websites, personal correspondence, medical & financial records. all saved and stored for certain!

71. Internet Child Protection
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Asin: B0006JI3C2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 6044
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Features

  • Give children the safest Internet experience possible - Block online access during specific times, filter profanity, restrict downloads and set surf-time limits
  • Customizable parent settings restricts chat room and Web access, while blocking keywords related to nudity, violence or drugs
  • Panic Button technology alerts parents when their children are viewing threatening content, with a loud alarm and evidence capturing
  • Online tracking monitors your child's online activities when you're away - record Web and user addresses, dates and times

72. Gamedrive 9.0
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Asin: B0006B6BE2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Farstone Tech
Sales Rank: 885
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73. Retrospect Express 5.5

Asin: B00005KJIW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 5628
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to create backup right out of the box
I installed Retrospect Express and as soon as it finished it asked me to create a backup. It is all automated and within minutes I had started my first backup to CD-RW. ... Read more


74. DriveCopy 4.0
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Asin: B00005LK7J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 3851
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

DriveCopy 4.0 by PowerQuest allows you to copy and upgrade your hard drive with ease. In a few simple steps your current hard drive is copied to yournew one without losing a single preference, setting, or byte of data.DriveCopy copies the entire contents of your hard drive or selectedpartitions and works with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows2000 Professional, and Linux. It also supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linuxext2, Linux Swap, and HPFS file systems and hard drives up to 80 GB. AndPowerQuest's Virtual Floppy technology makes DriveCopy easier to use than ever by eliminating the need to create boot diskettes. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
I tried to use this software to upgrage from a 10 gigabyte hard drive to a 40 gigabyte hard drive, a common enough task. The program took about 3 hours to perform the cloning. However, I never could get the new disk to work. I spend days on this. The powerquest web site offers very little help. I finally gave up and bought Norton Ghost. It performed the cloning in 11 minutes! And, the new disk worked perfectly. I now have 30 gigabytes of free disk space and I didn't have to reinstall my operating system and my software. My advice: forget Powerquest software unless you want to waste your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Win98
Took 3 hrs to transfer 8gigs from a 10gig Ultra ATA100 to to a new 40gig Ultra ATA100 both at 7200rpm with a 400MHz. -An hour and a half to read the book,copy 2disks, open the computer, set the jumpers (which only took my removeing the jumper from my new drive- since my old drive was the master all along, boot up the computer with the new drive as a slave,(to see if the bios recognized it- which it did), turn it off, boot from A: with the copied disks, follow directons on screen.
- The program itself took about 45min to do it's job on the recommended fast mode. - Another 45min to remove the old drive, place the new one in, restart, breath sigh of relief, close up computer and restart again, sigh again. - and restart again, this time with smile on face, (just to make sure it worked of course).

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work on XP
If I could give this product 0 stars I would.I used the Virtual flpooy mode first and copied it to my new maxtor 60 Gig hard drive, when done it wouldn't boot up. So then I tried the create program disk mode and again it said that the operation was a sucess. Tried to boot up, nothing but errors. After about 3 hours of wasting my time and money I had to re-install windows Xp from scratch. The drive utility that came with the Maxtor Hard Drive was more useful than this over priced [item]. Maybe it does work in Windows 98 or Me which allows you to run in DOS but not in XP. Powerquest has no updates for this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Don't Have To Be a Computer Wiz
As soon as I received my copy of DriveCopy 4.0 I sat down to read the manual, install the program on floppies, install,configure and copy the new hard drive, remove the old one and voila! I had the new device running! It was that easy! I personally recommend this program to everyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a product for the faint of heart....
I could not get this product to install correctly using the "virtual floppy" option on Windows Millenium. The product has some limitations which are not clearly spelled out in the advertising or the reviews. Namely, you must keep your current partitions intact, although you can copy them over to a new physical drive (ie you can't "collapse" two or more existing partitions into one new partition). I wanted to copy over the contents of an existing C:, D:, and E: drive to an existing, second, already partitioned physical drive - but I wanted this drive to be a single C: partition. You can't do this - you have to copy over the C: D: and E: partitions to an *empty* second physical drive and create the same partitions on the new drive. To its credit, DriveCopy will automatically proportionally resize those same partitions on the new physical dive to maximize the available space on it.

On the credit side: My one call to PowerQuest Tech Support was very productive - the guy I spoke to was knowledgable and helpful. However, he couldn't make the default virtual floppy install work for me either, I ended up installing onto conventional floppies. After that, the copy process was relatively painless and pretty quick.

Some follow-up notes: Since using this product to copy my Windows Millenium installation from one physical drive to another, I've experienced many, many Windows and/or application failures. Prior to this move my Windows installation was relatively stable (perhaps one app or Windows failure per month - it's now about 1-2 per two-hour session). Are the issues related? I can't prove it of course - but I'm suspicious. I don't mean to blame the DriveCopy product here - this is a weakness of the Windows operating system. Still, it's you the user who feels the pain!

Also please note that if you use this product to move your bootable partition (your C: drive) to another physical disk - you must know how to ensure that the new disk is configured correctly (usually via manual jumper wires or switches on the disk itself) to be the Master IDE drive. Note: this assumes you have IDE disk drives - versus SCSI. The vast majority of you will have IDE drives (because they're cheaper!), and they must be configured as either a master or a slave. At the end of the day, the bootable drive MUST be configured as the IDE Master and any other disk on the same IDE channel must be configured as a slave. Moving the jumpers or switches per se is easy - as long as you know what you're doing and/or you have documentation from your disk manufacturer. Getting it wrong may cause your PC to fail to boot up. Don't expect PowerQuest to tell you how to do this - if changing switch options or jumper wires on your hard disk makes you uncomfortable, then don't use this product to move your C: drive to another disk! Or, be prepared to pay a technician to come and do it for you.

Good luck! ... Read more


75. Allume Boost XP for Windows
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002X1OMI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Allume Systems
Sales Rank: 6313
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Tweak, Protect, Clean, & Customize w/Allume Boost XP! Boost XP is a complete collection of all of the necessary tools to keep your system running smooth, faster and error-free. Accelerate, clean, customize and protect your PC just like the pros! With BoostXP, anyone can keep their computer in peak condition! Allume's software offers a range of solutions to increase user efficiency in the areas of information access, removal, recovery, security and Internet distribution. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Dont be fooled
Im a sucker for 'improvement' software.So when i ran accross this one i thought hey why not.What a disappointment.The interface is not as intuitive to what you expect from a typical windows program.I did not like it.I ended up unloading it hours later.If you want something new to play with and dont mind wasting money then go ahead and buy it.if you want something a little better then buy 'XP smoker' or 'Tuneup Utilities' both are much easier to use and has alot more features that you will use. ... Read more


76. Dantz Dev. UPG RETROSPECT CLIENTS 5 PACK ( CU24H606510 )

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Asin: B0001GDEG0
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Publisher: Dantz Development Corporation
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77. GameDrive 8.0
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001N6D6G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: FarStone
Sales Rank: 5693
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Stick up for your rights!
A lot of the cons mentioned about GameDrive are true. You don't =really= know whether any given game will work on GameDrive. Of course, with Windows PCs, you don't really know whether any given game will work =without= game drive. That's an unfortunate hazard of being PC gamer. And, because of the leap-frog nature of copy-protection vs. copy-protection-circumvention, there's going to be a lag between the time the newest games with the newest protections are released and the guys at Farstone (or anywhere) are going to be able to circumvent them.

First and foremost, this product strikes a HUGE blow for consumer rights. By putting my games onto my hard-drive: 1) I don't risk damaging them and having to replace them--which is a serious problem in any household with children, or in any household where a wide variety of games are played at once; 2) It's like getting all your games back!

I can't stress the latter enough. Maybe, in the past, we'd keep half-a-dozen games by the PC. If you wanted to play something not in that stack, you had to go to the CD rack, find it--and if it wasn't there (because not all games come in jewel cases)--you'd have go to the CD notebook and find it there--bring it back, replace one in the stack by the PC (so that the stack didn't get too big and you ended up toppling them all to the floor), etc. The net result: A lot of games were forgotten. Games you were still interested in got lost in the shuffle as new games came in. Now we've got over 100 games at our fingertips, and we can switch from Diablo II to Dungeon Keeper 2 to Battlezone to Ghost Master to whatever.

I've had GameDrive for about a year, and here are my experiences:

-- At least 95% of the games I've tried worked. I say "at least" because there are about 4-5 games that I haven't gotten to work =yet=, but I'm sure I'll be able to. In the case of older games, not being able to get the game to work often has to do with the game assuming the CD drive is "D:"--a very tacky practice, but not uncommon for old games (and there are ways around it, usually). The only game I've tried that absolutely seems to refuse to work on GameDrive is Dungeon Keeper =1=.

-- It can make your games run faster/smoother. The physical hard-drive I use to store games is a rather slow external storage device, so I don't get the boost, but when I kept them on a fast internal hard-drive on the network, they were very speedy indeed.

-- In the past year, Farstone seems to have adopted a 1-year-subscription policy for purchasers. Initially, it looked like I was going to have to keep buying GameDrive to keep up. But with the new subscription, I have to pay, at most, once a year. A lot rides on how much this is going to cost, obviously.

-- GameDrive is the cheapest user-friendly solution available. Alcohol can cost double. There are open-source, freeware CD copiers, but they are much harder to install and use. (The freebies' main advantage being that you'd never have to pay for updates.)

-- There's no real GameDrive community. The GameDrive database, for example, says that Dungeon Keeper works. I can't seem to make it work, but I have plenty of games NOT in the database that I can make work. There's no good way to trade info with other users.

Where does this leave us? There is an unfortunate battle being waged against consumers by copyright-holders. While professional pirates rip software, music and movies off to the tune of billions, the digital rights management (DRM) crowd are working hard to make sure that basic rights protected by copyright law (the right to make backups for personal use, for example) are being squashed.

This crowd works hard to make sure you and I can't enjoy our honestly bought products without hassle, but they can't stop the $1 bootlegs of the latest game/movie/music from popping up on auction sites or free FTP. They're willing to make it impossible for you to protect yourself, but unwiling to provide the necessary customer service to assume that responsibility themselves.

GameDrive is a chance for you to get a little of your own back--legally.

Take it.

1-0 out of 5 stars gamedrive8 a disappointment
i spent $30 for gamedrive 8.0 (farstone). i wish i could take it back. it messed up my desktop, the quick-launch toolbar had a black background, and all the icons shifted to the right, over by the clock, instead of being near the start button. also the bar accross the top of the favorites folder turned black. i tried installing it on another computer and got the same results, so i know it wasn't the computer. i tried reinstalling video drivers, changing desktop color schemes, nothing would fix the problem until i reinstalled internet explorer. that got rid of the black background, but the icons are still over to the right. i reinstalled internet explorer on the other computer, and got the same results, no more black background but icons still to the right. i tried reinstalling gamedrive8, and sure enough, the problem was back. i had to reinstall explorer again to fix it. beyond that, i've only been able to get it to work with one old game, need for speed 3. i couldn't get it to work with railroad tycoon 3, or max payne. ... Read more


78. DriveClone
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001N665E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Farstone Tech
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79. BackUp MyPC
list price: $79.00
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Asin: B00006L9HV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: STOMP INC
Sales Rank: 4421
Average Customer Review: 1.94 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

There's no excuse for neglecting to create backups of your critical data. Now, Stomp's BackUp MyPC makes it even harder to find one. Its simple interface, trusty scheduling feature, and ability to work with all forms of media make it easy for backing up data to become second nature.

BackUp MyPC is built on the backup engine and interface created by Veritas, which is ubiquitous to almost anyone who's dealt with backup products (for example, BackUp MyPC is almost identical to Seagate Backup Exec, another Veritas-powered program that comes with most Seagate tape drives). But even if you've never even heard of Veritas, don't be daunted: its backup software is immensely popular for good reason. Balancing the power of a professional application with unmatched ease of use, Stomp has created a backup program for the masses.

Upon launching BackUp MyPC for the first time, users are prompted by a wizard that helps them set up scheduled, automated backups within minutes. The program sniffs out removable media devices and allows users to pick a target drive from among them. On our test PC, it recognized a CD burner, a SuperDisk drive, a floppy drive, and a SCSI tape drive without prompting.

Delving deeper into its interface, users are presented with the power to pick and choose files for backup from the contents of the host computer and from any accessible PC on a LAN. BackUp MyPC offers options to compress data to save space, to append or overwrite data on backup disks or tapes, to perform full, incremental, and/or differential backups, and more. If the terminology gets too daunting, check out the friendly, image-filled, comprehensive, 134-page manual.

We backed up and restored data using all of the media mentioned above except the floppy drive (large-format media is much more convenient for backing up large amounts of data). In each case, the process was painless. Automated backups ran right on schedule, and all of our backups proved reliable. Restore Wizard makes the task of pulling data from backup media quick and painless.

If you're not backing up your important data, you'll have no one but yourself to blame if you end up losing it. It's worth every cent to invest in a reliable backup system. With BackUp MyPC you can use any removable media device with ease. --Joel Durham, Jr. ... Read more

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good piece of backup software
First let me say two things to those who are complaining that it doesn't work with their CD burners:

o You should have checked the compatibilty list
o You should have downloaded the FREE 30-day trial

Some pros for it:
o It allows you to backup over networked drives (very cool)
o It allows you to password protect your backups (cool again)

A few cons:
o I don't love the interface, don't hate it, but don't love it
o The compression isn't "great", I also get about 1.3:1

Overall, I would have rated it 4-stars, but since I saw a few morons giving it 1-star for no good reasons, I wanted to defend it's honor a little.

I'm still using the 30-day trial, so far so good. I recommend you try it out first before you buy.

Also, BackupMyPC was associated with Veritas, which is a VERY good backup system for large servers and such, and the quaility is still with BackupMyPC.

My opinion.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just another dissapointment
Another that claims it can do the job, i.e. backup all your files to any media.
First, it still reguires a floppy to make the "disaster recovery" set that they claim will recover a computer from disaster. Here in 2004, many, if not most computers, have moved away from that antique drive.
Second, they claim that you have a choice of drives, and of using compressed or uncompressed backup files. So I finally found a work around to back up to my spare external drive, but when I try for uncompressed backups, the backup file ("complete") for my computer is only 428 MB, whilst the main hard drive shows that 68GB are in use?
Third, proprietary files-Why cannot the backup file be in the same format that the rest of my computer uses? I am (...) enough, that I would like to be able to read, and verify that the files are actually what they purport to be, before trusting that this software that does not seem to accomplish any of the OTHER tasks it claims, has actually backed up my pc.
Then there is the contact page. Why do I need to provide them with my life story to ask a simple question,and why do they need to attempt to "check for updates" every single time I boot up? That's more like spyware, I think.
In short, I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Designed and Poor Technical Support
After backing up 16 DVDs and nearing the end I accidentally hit the eject button on the wrong drive. The program didn't ask me if that's what I meant to do--it simply ended! All tech support would say is they'd pass it to their programmers to consider in the future. Very shoddy design in my opinion. I tried to rebuild the catalog so I didn't have to redo hours of backup and after asking me to insert all 15 disks, it couldn't read the 16th--the one it shut down earlier, and so quit again. Tech support didn't even respond. I cannot get it to rename a DVD without reformatting and it insists on defaulting to its own naming system (though you can override it). Should have saved me time...instead cost me a LOT of time. I cannot recommend this program.

1-0 out of 5 stars Be sure to thoroughly test eval copy
I, too, initially thought some reviewers might be clueless after I downloaded the eval copy and tried it with my system. I ran the disaster recovery backup, and everything was working fine with my listed-as-supported LG cd burner using cd-rw discs--until I ran out. Then I tried a cd-r and it rejected it as already having data on it that needed to be rewritten by the program blah blah. Unable to find any reference to such a problem in the documentation or online support (which to me is worse than the problem itself when evaluating new software), I decided to start over with cd-r's in case it had some problem with switching media types while a backup was in progress. It still rejected every cd-r type I had. Makes me wonder who is clueless and who is lucky.

1-0 out of 5 stars Big problems with WinXP SP1 and with some DVD drives
Back Up My PC (BUMP) is the latest generation of a tool formerly known as Veritas Backup Exec or Backup Exec Desktop. The primary
value (to me) of that entire line of tools is their ability to backup the ENTIRE C drive, and restore it onto a new hard drive after replacing a failed hard drive, without having to reinstall windows and all the applications. You just boot the system from the special restore floppies, and start the restore, and when it's done, your system is just the way it was when you backed it up. I used Backup Exec on a Win98SE box with a DAT tape drive for years, and TWICE succesfully restored my system after HD failures. (That was SO AWESOME!)

So, when I got my new WinXP box with a DVD+RW drive, I naturally wanted to continue to backup my system with software that could reliably restore it. BUMP's UI seems identical to the old Backup Exec, so I was hopeful it would be as good. So I bought a copy of BUMP and tried it.

WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. The first time I ran BUMP, it told me that BUMP cannot backup and restore the version of WinXP SP1 that I have. (How many versions of WinXP SP1 are there?) BUMP clearly is NOT going to be my PC backup solution due to this problem.

Bump did offer to backup my data files onto my DVD, and so I tried that. When it got ready to start writing to the DBD, it spat out the brand new DVD+RW disk, saying it was media incompatible with my DVD drive. Of course, other DVD software has had no trouble writing on tht same media on my drive. Apparently my DVD drive is not one supported by BUMP. A friend who also uses BUMP used it on his PC to "format" my DVD+RW media, and then BUMP was able to write to it in my PC without compatibility complaints.

So, I conclude that BUMP is not compatible with WinXP SP1 nor with my EMPREX DVD+RW drive. I'm still looking for a good PC WinXP SP1 backup solution. ... Read more


80. Exec. Soft. UNDELETE 4.0 Professional
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0000YE3ZY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Executive Software International
Sales Rank: 4476
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Features

  • Easily recover accidentally or maliciously deleted files
  • Catch-all "recover bin" replaces recycle bin
  • Users can retrieve their own files from server recovery bins
  • SecureDelete erases confidential files permanently
  • Emergency Undelete recovers files directly from disk

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