Back Up Your Entire Hard Drive With Redo Backup & Recovery

redo icon   Back Up Your Entire Hard Drive With Redo Backup & RecoveryEasily make a copy of your entire hard drive . Don’t just back up your data: back up all of your software, your settings and everything else by cloning your entire hard drive. Redo Backup makes cloning your system easy, but also gives you access to file recovery and a variety of other tools. You can even browse the web while everything’s happening.

We’ve shown you the magic of live CDs more than once; we even wrote a handy live CD manual. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve already shown you Clonezilla, a live CD for cloning the entirety of your hard drive. This tool is great for cloning drives, but does not come with a GUI and includes a lot of cryptic language.

Enter Redo Backup, a user-friendly live CD that makes cloning or restoring your entire drive simple. Tell the program where you’d like your cloned drive to be and you’re pretty much set.

Backing Up, Backing Up…

Boot up Redo and you’ll see two simple buttons:

redo main   Back Up Your Entire Hard Drive With Redo Backup & Recovery

If backing up or restoring is what you have in mind, these are the buttons to press. Once you’ve established the drive you’d like to copy, you can pick a destination:

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You can save your clone to another hard drive on your computer, another computer on your network or a USB drive; it’s up to you. You can restore your backup at any time by using the CD again.

But Wait, There’s More…

Redo is primarily a backup tool, but it can do more than that. Click the gear button at the bottom-right and you’ll find a small menu. Browsing reveals these tools:

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You can use the Disk Utility to check on the health of your drives. The file recovery tool can help you recover deleted files, while the partition editor lets you add, remove or change the size of our partitions. The usage analyzer is a great way to visually examine what’s taking up space on your hard drive.

All these tools combine to make Redo Backup an amazing tool for working with filesystems. The disk’s accessories help a little more:

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The web browser is the coolest thing, giving you access to the Internet while your computer backs up. A file manager, image viewer, terminal and text editor round things out.

Need more software? Don’t worry; you’ve got full access to the Ubuntu repositories. Check out the “Administration” menu to find Synaptic, or use the Terminal, and install the tools you need.

Download Redo Backup

Ready to get started with Redo? Download it now. Once you have the ISO file you’ll need to burn it to disk. Linux users can simply right-click the file to find the option to burn the ISO to disk. Windows users will need Infrarecorder or a similar tool.

Conclusion

If we taught you well, you will know the importance of backing up. This tool makes backing up the entirety of your hard drive simple, and for that I’m grateful.

How do you like this tool? Feel free to leave praises or complaints in the comments below, along with any questions. I’ll be around.

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Radrick

Sounds very appealing as a replacement for Clonezilla, but does it work with Guid Partition Table disks?

I have a machine with UEFI instead of BIOS and disks in this system use the GPT. So far I have had no luck with imaging and restoring this partition structure. Neither Clonezilla, nor Paragon Backup and Recovery 2011 (Advanced) Free, which claim support for this disk structure, have been able to successfully work.

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jhpot

This is based on the same technology as Clonezilla, so I wouldn’t count on this working if that didn’t.

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Anomaly

Couple questions.

Can this be put on a USB drive and made bootable with something like Unetbootin or Universal USB Installer?

Is this for Linux or Windows or both?

Can it it back up a dual boot set up? I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu on one of my computers and I know Clonezilla can do it.

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Anomaly

Never mind I read up on it found my answers.

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jhpot

It can be put on a USB drive; that’s how I use it. And you can clone an entire hard drive, so cloning a dual-boot setup shouldn’t be a problem.

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Anonymous

I was momentarily excited when I read “backup” and “live CD”, as I thought maybe (hopefully) this would be an article on having a “live CD” of my “backup”. 

I recall a few years ago reading about one of the drive companies who also owned a backup software company (or maybe the other way around) creating a drive/software package that kept a near-real-time backup of your primary drive (similar to Carbonite, but local).  Not only that, the backup could be disconnected, connected to another PC (via USB) as a bootable drive, and you could run everything as if it were your primary PC.  When you disconnected and reconnected to your primary PC, changes made when working disconnected would be sync’d to your primary drive.

I was too cheap to buy it then, but I would now – if I could only find it.  Or better yet, find another product that I could use with one of the many USB drives I already possess.

Does anyone recall or know about such a product?  Or is it possible that the backup produced by this product be used in such a manner?

Thanks in advance,
Andrew

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jhpot

Window’s anti-piracy protection would make this really hard to offer on modern computers, but if this exists I’d like to know as well.

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Garryvthornton

Hello,
I have just tried Redo on an old computer first. I haven’t got access to an external drive, so I used the partition manager in Redo, and all went well. I then created a backup, in a folder I created on that partition.I tried a restore straight away, seeing it was an old computer it won’t hurt anything. I went through the process and the program found the backup, but when I tried to restore it back to it’s original partition, it would only give me an option to replace it on the whole drive, which is no good, as I only backed up the main partition,not swap. Any ideas will be gratefully accepted.

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Aibek

I am thinking there is no such feature on Redo. It seems that it can only replace the whole drive. Are you looking for a tool that supports such option? Try aksing on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

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Garryvthornton

Thanks for the input. I used to rely on p.i.n.g, for my images, but since ext4 it doesn’t work A shame really as it was so simple.

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Garryvthornton

I downloaded system rescue cd because it has fsarchiver on it, but I wasn’t too confident with the command line, but I found a script on a website that allows you to run an ncurses setup. So using isomaster, I put the script into system rescue cd and then run it from there, and it made the image. I changed the wallpaper on my desktop, then restored the image. The wallpaper was back, so I know it worked (even though the program told me it was successful.

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jhpot

Congratulations!

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jhpot

In general, you’re going to want your backup to be on a different drive than what you’re backing up. But yeah: check MUO answers and see what comes up.

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ray

CLONEZILLA?AS HANDY ASA 3 DOLLAR BILL.NOT WORTH A SHIT.TRIED IT ITS G A R B A GE

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ray

i want to know how to copyc drive to another hdd in the same computer??? seems non of u EXPERTS has any ideas how if u do gunslingerz7@yahoo.com

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jhpot

Redo Backup, outlined above, is a great tool for the job. Did you have a specific problem with it? It’s easy to use, so I know that’s not the problem…