Roxio Backontrack vs. MS System Restore

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Acadia, Jun 30, 2010.

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  1. Acadia

    Acadia Registered Member

    Sep 8, 2002
    SouthCentral PA
    I know that the entire Roxio backontrack suite can do more than Microsoft's System Restore, but this question only concerns the "Instant Restore" feature of the BOT suite: What is the difference, if any, between the Roxio Instant Restore feature of that suite and the System Restore in Win7?

    Thank you,
  2. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    The main features/differences.

    Roxio backontrack suite
    - file/folder based snapshotss
    - snapshots do not get larger with defrags
    - you can retrieve previous/deleted files by navigating in the snapshots

    Microsoft System Restore
    - sector based backups (at least for vista and 7)
    - defragments make the backups grow larger
    - you can retrieve previous/deleted files either by mounting the snapshots or by using the "restore previous versions" menu (in 7).

    MSR add less overhead than BOT.


    edit: Since I just managed to "break" Microsoft System Restore (Windows7), another differense is reliability. It seems that file/folder based ISRs (look FD-ISR and Roxio BOT) are much more reliable than their sector based rivals.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
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