Rollback RX with huge discount today

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  1. beethoven

    beethoven Registered Member

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    Just noticed that Rollback RX is available today at Bits du Jour for $ 24.15, ie 65% off.

    http://www.bitsdujour.com/previews/

    I have been running it one one pc for a year and like it. A good deal at this price :argh:
     
  2. ziaul

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    What I need to know is that Rollback is different from other imaging programs?
    As far as I know it doesn't require a external hdd for backups. I already have Norton Ghost, which I have not used so far.

    Is it worth buying Rollback and is it really that good and also do I get a bootable disk incase if I can't boot into my system?

    Also I do test lot of softwares (mainly for networking purpose) on my VM and I am using Windows 7 Ultimate X64.
     
  3. moontan

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    it is like System Restore on steroids.
    you'll have to decide for yourself if it is worth it for you.
    it is very good and no, you don't get a bootable disk.
    if your system doesn't boot you'll need an imaging app.
    it does not replace an imaging program and is not an imaging program.

    personally, i can restore an image in less than 4 minutes, so i have little need for Rollback and the likes.
    but your mileage may vary...

    download the demo and give it a try.
     
  4. TheRollbackFrog

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    Greetings Ziaul... some perspective on Rollback. It IS NOT an imaging program in the vein of GHOST or Acronis TRUE IMAGE, it is an ISR (Instant System Recovery) application. As such it does not eliminate the need for imaging your system for purposes of disaster recovery (worst case... hard disk failure), this still needs to be done.

    Since it's not an imaging application, there's no "image" to restore using an external BOOTable disc. If a Rollback system "goes south," only your external image (GHOST, etc.) can offer recovery from this condition.

    Is it worth it? To me it sure is:)

    Your VM should protect you pretty well from config problems and nasties, although I do all that type of testing on REAL systems (not VMs) that are Rollback protected. This allows me to easily revert to system configs prior to my testing environment. Rollback does this very well.
     
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    Sorry to say that I don't see it as a discount. The vesion 9 is on dead bed and version 10 will be released within 2 months. Those who buy this deal are not eligible to upgrade to version 10.
     
  6. AdamL

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    Yes that true, although the Lifetime updates and gold support is offered at checkout for an additional 10.33 GBP or 16.42 USD per annum which covers upgrades etc :)
     
  7. ziaul

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    Hi,
    Thank you everyone for your input. What I actually want is, that I reinstall my OS every 6-7 months and instead of going through the entire process of reinstalling the OS with the additional programs, I just need a base line image with all the necessary softwares installed.

    Now, as far as I know these imaging programs delete the base line image after sometime and I don't want that to happen. Sorry if I am wrong, because I am no expert in imaging softwares.

    Also I like to try different anti-virus suites from time to time, I have licenses for lot of different suites and I would like to try that on my real machine and not on the VM. I only install different networking tools and different OS for my networking practise and to keep myself upto date on different server features and technologies on my VM. So, Rollback will serve that purpose for trying different AV's? If yes, then what imaging program should I use in conjunction with it? If no, then is there any other solution for my situation?

    Looking foward to your suggestions.
     
  8. napoleon1815

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    In your case, I would use IFW from TerabyteUnlimited. From what I have read on here it will work with the snapshot software you want to use.
     
  9. ziaul

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    Is there a problem, if I use Rollback with Norton Ghost? Also, I use O&O for defragment of my hdd.
     
  10. moontan

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    uninstall Rollback from the boot sub-console before taking an image with Norton.
    do the defrag while Rollback is uninstalled.

    then re-install Rollback.
     
  11. ziaul

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    Hi Moontan,
    Thank you for your advise, seems like you are an expert on this field. Looks like I have to jump through lot of hoops in order to defrag and take a image of my system. Isn't there a easy way out for all this? Or, can you use any other software for imaging? So that I don't have to uninstall RBRx.
     
  12. moontan

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    i'm far from being an expert on anything. ;)

    search through this forum; the only way, if i remember correctly, is to use IFW to image while Rollback is installed.

    Aaron Here is the expert on this subject here @ Wilders.
     
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  13. moontan

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    if i remember correctly, you can also do a sector by sector image.
    but those can get pretty big in size

    here's the link about folks here giving it a try with "hot imaging":
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=289829

    like i said, it's easier to uninstall RX imo.
     
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  14. ziaul

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    Hi Moontan,
    I would just like to ask you one more question, that can I test security softwares with RBRx installed, or do I have to uninstall it?

    Also I am looking for a fast disk imaging tool. After the first image, the incremental images should be fast, not like norton. And I want to keep the first baseline image of my os with all the necessary softwares installed, so that in the future when I reinstall my OS, I just have to restore it from my backup. Fresh and clean copy of my os within minutes.
     
  15. moontan

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    you can test most security apps with RX installed.
    the only problems you might have is with security apps that modifies the MBR but those are rare.

    the best and fastest imaging app i found was IFW.
    if you have Windows 7 you can use that but if you have a little spare money IFW is well worth it.
    there was a 25% discount @ Bits Du Jour so you could go to their site to see if it's still available.
     
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  16. ziaul

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    Yes, the discount is still available. So, can I make custom recovery disk with all my drivers, like norton ghost?

    And I still have to uninstall RB, right? I can do that, if it is as easy as you say, but do I loose the snapshots if I uninstall RB? Sorry for asking too many questions.


    P.S. I am going through that link which you provided.
     
  17. ziaul

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    One more thing are all upgrades are free for future releases for IFW or do you have to purchase them, like Ghost, Acronis and etc?
     
  18. napoleon1815

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    The price includes, I believe, 2 years worth of upgrades.
     
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    Hi Napoleon,
    Thank you for the input. I don't mind keeping two disk imaging tools.:)
     
  21. napoleon1815

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    I use at least 2 at any given time myself...IFL (same company that makes IFW) and DriveSnapshot.
     
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    I just wanted to know, if I uninstall RB temporarily, do I lose the snapshots?
     
  24. TheRollbackFrog

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    Yes, you do.
     
  25. ziaul

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    Hi TheRollbackFrog,
    Thank you for the info. So it means I lose all the snapshots! There is no point in purchasing this product, if I lose all my snapshots after I uninstall the product.

    What is the best way to uninstall it? Moontan mentioned about removing it through boot sub-console, how do you do that? Any articles on it.
     
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