Retrospect Desktop 5.5

The Good Powerful and versatile; lets you make easy incremental backups; comes with excellent documentation.

The Bad Requires extra steps for backup and restoration; somewhat difficult to learn.

The Bottom Line If you frequently revise documents, Retrospect's incremental backup system may be just right for you, but be prepared for a steep learning curve. For an easier backup system, we recommend GoBack.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

Retrospect Desktop 5.5

Retrospect Desktop 5.5 is a solid, versatile piece of backup software with many features. All its extra tools create so many choices, in fact, that Retrospect isn't as easy to use as NovaBackup, Simple Backup, or GoBack. Thankfully, Retrospect's superior documentation and large selection of backup destinations make up for the steep learning curve. But if you want a full-featured backup system that's easy to use from the get-go, we recommend GoBack.Retrospect Desktop 5.5 is a solid, versatile piece of backup software with many features. All its extra tools create so many choices, in fact, that Retrospect isn't as easy to use as NovaBackup, Simple Backup, or GoBack. Thankfully, Retrospect's superior documentation and large selection of backup destinations make up for the steep learning curve. But if you want a full-featured backup system that's easy to use from the get-go, we recommend GoBack.

Installation
Download the 30-day trial version of Retrospect 5.5, and you get the full software package, including a PDF file manual, making it a 16.9MB download altogether. After registering and downloading the software, Dantz e-mails you a license code to enter during installation. Best of all, if you decide to buy it after the 30 days, you won't have to download the software again; you just purchase another license code.

Dantz, the maker of this app, offers several versions of Retrospect, but you'll probably find that either Retrospect Express Backup ($49) or Retrospect Desktop Backup ($149) will meet your needs. Express offers limited support for tape drives (USB/ATAPI drives only, no SCSI tape drives)--perfect for the home user--while the Desktop version supports a much wider array of tape drives--good for a small business. The Desktop version expands with optional clients to cover other computers, so you can pay extra to cover everyone in your office, for example. Before choosing between the two, check to make sure the software supports the backup hardware (CD-R/RW, tape, removable disk) that you have. You can find Dantz's extensive list of supported devices here.

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  • Brand EMC Corporation
  • Category utilities
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Family Windows
  • Version 5.5
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