Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware

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Most of the time, Windows behaves itself. Sometimes, of course, it doesn't. Maybe it's the PC's fault, or maybe yours. Or perhaps a cyber criminal somewhere in the world. But it's a fair bet that, at some point, you'll find yourself saying "I wish I could put the computer back to how it was 1 minute ago". Or 1 hour. Or 10 days.

Maybe you clicked a link in an email message that you now suspect you probably shouldn't have done. Or maybe you accidentally deleted a folder full of important files. Or maybe you just finished trying out some new software and discovered that your PC kept crashing when it was installed. Or maybe a broken device driver has corrupted your PC to the point where Windows won't actually boot at all.

RollBack Home Edition windowIf you've ever had such an incident, or you want to start protecting against such a thing happening in the future, then what you need is a program called Rollback Rx. And specifically, Rollback Rx Home Edition, which is a new version of this corporate favourite which is completely free.

To get Rollback Rx Home, head to http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/rollback_rx.ihtml and download the free version. The file is around 22 MB. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. Once downloaded and installed, you're now protected.

Using the program is simplicity itself. When you think you're about to do something risky, like install new software or update a device driver, or allow someone else to use your PC, right-click on the Rollback Rx icon in the system tray and choose to take a snapshot. It takes just a few seconds. Now just carry on using your PC as before. If, subsequently, you decide that you'd like your PC put back the way it was before, you can choose any of the snapshots you created and restore your PC to that point.

The free edition allows you to create up to 7 snapshots, so you could take one every day of the week if you wanted.

A particularly clever feature is that you can mount a snapshot as a virtual drive . For example, imagine that you realise you've deleted some of last week's important files. You could restore to last week's snapshot, which would bring back the files, but you'd lose all the other work you'd done since last week. So instead of restoring, you can mount last week's snapshot as a drive, explore it using Windows Explorer, retrieve those lost files, then carry on where you left off.

If Rollback Rx does have a downside, it's that it does slow down your PC slightly. Whether this is enough to prevent you using the program is something that you'll need to decide. It does depend largely on the type of things you use your computer for. But when you weigh up the negatives and positives, I think it's certainly worth having. And as someone who regularly tests and then discards lots of software, it's something that will stay on my PC for the foreseeable future.

Head to http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/rollback_rx.ihtml if you want to try it for yourself.

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I installed Rollback RX to try it out soon after reading the June 12 article.
Rollback ATE the free space on my C: drive! From 114GB free space out of 234GB, over a few days after installing it dropped to about 3GB.
I could not regain any free space by deleting files - in fact the free space dropped to 2.05GB before I realized that Rollback was the culprit.
The original "snapshot" was reported by Rollback as 196GB (greater than the total used space) and 4 subsequent snapshots averaged around 10.5 GB each for a total of close to 250GB (this on a 234GB volume?)
BTW that's well over the 10% estimated by the Rollback representative in an earlier post.
It took an uninstall and two reboots before getting back to normal. Good idea, perhaps, but it's not worth the waste of space.

"We don’t want people to be left out to dry,” Patel said."

Or is it because Rollback Rx is not compatible with Win 10, which everybody will soon be using, Win 7 and 8 will be useless as a viable revenue source after 29 July therefore might as well make it free to flaunt it now while you can. If true, and when it is compatible with Win 10, then we can assume people will once again be "left out to dry".

Doesn't matter, I will l buy this product if have to because it is damn good product.

Well, it took me several hours to recover after it lobotomized my UEFI and other boot files and associated partition files. Macrium Reflect finally bailed me out.

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here. I'm sorry to hear that, you're welcome to submit a ticket with log files and our Sr. Technicians can look into this issue for you.

does anyone really expect rob to actually try these programs vs just reading the supplied information to keep some from bricking their computer?
surely not.

After using a previous Giveaway version, my laptop would not boot. I contacted Horizon, but got no reply. Be warned!

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here. I'm sorry to hear that, if you'd like you can email me regarding this ticket and I can look into it if you still have your Ticket ID.

Cheers,

It's not clear exactly what these snapshots consist of, and how large they are.

I use RegBak to automatically back up my registry every morning. 95% percent of the time when something 'weird' happens, restoring the registry will fix it. For the other 5%, I've got disk images, and daily backups of important files I'm working on.

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here.Your largest snapshot will always be your installation snapshot, as it's capturing the whole system into that snapshot. When you create a different snapshot, it will vary in size depending on the changes made to the computer. Some snapshots will inevitably be bigger as they are post-disk defragmenting.

I concur, this appears to be an imaging program through a different set of glasses. I will stick with Macrium Reflect for imaging (which has a free version and drive mounting), Windows 8.1 System Restore and File History. I also use FreeFileSync portable between computers (as yet another backup). Might I add, Macrium Reflect has been solid and reliable on Win XP, 7 and 8.1; and I have no doubt will run fine on 10.

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. It's not quite imaging software. It doesn't create an image file. It's unique in that it takes a snapshot of your system and stores it on the sector level of the C: drive. So you would still want to use a disk imager.

"Stores it on the sector level of the C: drive" ???

All the files on a hard drive are stored in disk sectors. That statement is meaningless. You should realize that many of the people here are tech experts, and you can't baffle them with meaningless jargon. Attempting to do so shows bad faith, and something to hide.

Personally I would never use any software from a company which is afraid to explain exactly what their system does.

Not to mention all the comments here by people who say they've had bad experiences with it, and no help from support.

I wasn't doubting anybody's tech knowledge, rather I was making the differentiation between imaging software (which you can the image file put on a USB device, network drive, etc) and our snapshot software. Perhaps you jumped the gun on judging me ;)

I have no problem explaining what the software does. It's snapshot software, so the program itself exists in the pre-OS partition (MBR or GPT Partition) and is the first program that your computer boots into, even before Windows. You can take a snapshot of your system, and those snapshots are taking a system-wide capture of your system. It then stores those on the sector level of the hard drive. Again, quite different than imaging software ;)

If people have bad experiences with Support they should mention it to me in private and I'll look into it. We expect a high level of quality from all of our teams, including Tech Support. So if someone has an issue they should mention it with me and I can rectify the situation.

Well, that settles it. I really, REALLY don't like software that messes with my disk drive's MBR - especially when it doesn't explain that on the website.

Your description of a what a 'snapshot' actually consists of is still as vague and meaningless as ever.

And your attempts at damage control on this site show an incompetent level of product support, and no connection with users.

There is absolutely no way I would ever download this product, or advise anyone to use it.

I have had a most unfortunate experience with this product. There was not enough space on the drive for a snapshot and the drive was corrupted. CHKDSK was triggered and tried valiantly to recover. On reboot after recovery I got the blue screen of death. Fortunately I had a recent image back up. I would recommend caution using this product if your don't have some such backup.

It could have been a hardware error. As a rule, never run chkdsk before doing a reboot. Sometimes what happens is a controller has a faulty moment, the chkdsk if allowed to run can then cause this error.

Having sad this, I tried installing this program, and it failed. When I asked them why? They brushed me off saying they do not know and did not seem to care. If that is their attitude, I do not want their program.

 

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. This is entirely possible, we would need to look at the log files to find a conclusive answer.

For those of you using SSD's as your main c drive, I would think twice before using this product.

For details and an explanation of why, please see:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/is-rollback-rx-safe-on-ssd.376826/

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/rollback-rx-v10-x-home-profession...

 

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. While I respect your wanting to educate people, we are still evaluating the SSD issue. As it stands now, you can install RollBack Rx on an SSD, it's the Trim function that may cause an issue. Even then, it's not conclusive either way.

How large are these "snapshots"? Keeping seven backups would have to be quite a lot of space if it's essentially an image? Does it slow down even higher-end PC's?

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. Generally the snapshots should take up 10% of your hard drive. With the Home Edition I may even estimate that it could be less than that. It's not quite an image file. First snapshot (Installation) is your base snapshot, that's your entire system. Every snapshot afterwards is being measured by changes. So if all you do is add a notepad document or two it would be pretty small, but running disk derangement and uninstalling a lot of programs would be substantial change.

It shouldn't slow down your PC, if it ever does you could submit a ticket with us and our Tech's can look into it and see what we can do to speed things up :)