Update - May 2014: A v2 Beta is running which involves significant product changes. Here is a direct link to the post in this thread that started that beta: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/ax64-time-machine-v2-beta.339999/page-308 Ongoing testing and development discussion proceeds from there. Please use that link if you want to send anyone into the Beta testing. @LowWaterMark, Admin, May 31, 2014 Original post contents from start of thread in January 2013 follows Alright guys, I'm ready to present our new imaging/snapshotting hybrid program I promised in this thread before. It's called AX64 Time Machine. First let me recap what we have on the market right now: Imaging programs (Acronis, Macium etc) Proc: Stable operation, minimum interference with the OS Cons: Long restore time, need to use of a recovery environment, difficult to find a particular version of file/folder back in time Snapshot programs (Rollback RX etc) Proc: Fast snapshot and restore times, very easy to use Cons: Cannot survive disk failures, mess with OS / MBR, make OS slower, occupy space on the system drive, impose limitations (like no defrag etc) Backup programs (file based) Proc: Stable, no interference with OS, easy to find a particular version of file/folder Cons: Slow, cannot restore the entire system Some of you use both snapshot and imaging program together, to overcome their shortcomings. Some even use all 3 types of software. But this often causes new problems. So we thought - let's create a Rollback RX-type program that is based on imaging. So it has very fast backup and restore, allows to save the backups to external media, doesn't mess with MBR, and can actually be used as backup in case of disaster. Also we decided to make the searching through backups very easy and fast - to compete with 3rd type of programs. So rather than "backup mounting" feature that imaging programs offer, we created a Backup Browser that virtually mounts all backups at once, and allows to instantly switch between any point in time without even leaving the directory that you are viewing. Here are the main features of the program: Fast backup and restore - speed is comparable to snapshot programs Very easy to use - just like a snapshot program No need to use recovery environment - restore works directly from the running system No messing with MBR, no disk writes redirection Uses internal, external or even network drives for backup Allows to easily find and recover old versions of files using Backup Browser with instant switching between time points (this is my favorite!) If the OS is not booting, or disk has failed, there is a fallback method to restore from a recovery environment Recovery environment is created in seconds (USB stick, CD, or ISO) with no need for WAIK or other download, and works even from XP Support for all Windows versions from XP to 8, support for SSDs You can download the program here: www.ax64.com. Also you can find some screenshots and screencasts there. Please note - the program is in the alpha stage and use it with caution. Looking forward to your comments, thanks! PS: I'm adding known issues and limitations of this release: 1. Checkdisk fails to run at OS boot - this is the fault of our driver that holds its tracking file open. Checkdisk expects no one to hold any open files at boot. 2. If you modify the drive externally (for example if you boot into secondary OS and make changes to the drive), the subsequent incremental backups will be corrupted. 3. Restore to smaller or bigger partition is not supported - we only restore to the same sized partition at the moment 4. Restore to empty disk is not implemented yet - so you need to create the original partition table if restoring to a new disk 5. Backup from WinPE isn't supported 6. Recovery environment creation doesn't work in Vista We are working on these issues and I'll be updating this post as soon as they get corrected/implemented.