A Time Machine-like backup for Windows offices

Rebit backup works like a Windows version of Mac OS Time Machine, but with business-oriented features like NAS support

Rebit is in the business of providing what InfoWorld's Martin Heller calls "painless backup" -- that is, not just making a backup of raw data, but taking a snapshot of your entire PC. If a catastrophic event occurs, you can restore everything -- data, settings, document location -- and get right back to where you were before the disaster.

If you're thinking that sounds an awful lot like Mac OS X's Time Machine feature, you're right, it does -- think of Rebit as Time Machine for Windows -- but Rebit 5 also incorporates user feedback to provide features that are pointed at small businesses.

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In particular, the new offering includes support for NAS so that small businesses can back up multiple PCs onto a single NAS (each PC can only access its own data, and each requires its own license). It also allows a PC to back up onto multiple drives in order to facilitate onsite/offsite backup rotation, and users can define when system snapshots, called recovery points, are made.

To deal with the ever-growing amount of business data, Rebit 5 features data deduplication capabilities and drive upgrade support for when users need to switch to a larger-capacity drive for their backups. Also, users can comb their backups for specific files, then drag and drop them back onto their PCs if they accidentally delete something.

For the first time, Rebit is available as trialware. It can also be delivered as a desktop hard drive appliance.

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