“Review TotalRecovery™ 7 Express – August 23, 2011”
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“most user friendly bit of backup gadgetry I have ever seen”
“Must-have!” An all-in-one solution that meets your expectations
Gives you peace of mind
Indispensable tools for backup and restoration
Perfect solution for anyone who wants to perform files and drives backup or migrate to a new computer. DriveClone is powerful and very easy to use!
Ensures drive/partition imaging backup, disk cloning and files backup
To install and certainly not to uninstall!
You can undo unwanted operations
Does it well, with a simple interface and stability.
Allow users to save a considerable amount of time and storage space.
Useful when you upgrade your PC
We like: the possibility to launch the program outside of Windows
Here is a solution that has the particularity to work without installing on the computer
One of the best disk imaging software solutions
We like different types of backup and restore
Five big stars *****
Hi, We are IT consultant outfit in Westchester, NY . Recently we had a PC with a hard (40GB) drive going bad.t was still up running, but it was making clicking noises on and off. We connected a new 80GB HDD as secondary to the Primary HD for cloning. We initially try to clone it with Norton Ghost but it kept on "crashing" during the cloning process. Next we try it with HD Clone Pro . It was very slow and it was not able to resize the new hard drive. After no success, we tried DriveClone. We installed it and clone the drive with the resize hdd enabled. We are VERY HAPPY to say it did the job for us. We will definitely recommend to all our customers because it's inexpensive and it does the job as advertised. Five big stars ***** Thank you,
Y. J. Chen
Your Program Recovered 5 Years Of Effort
One Day I was working on a program which I Had been writing on for the last 5 years and then all of a sudden my computer got a Virus which completely erased my Personal Documents including my program I Had Been Writing. I was in a panic until I remembered I installed Farstone DriveClone, So I opened DriveClone And it successfully recovered Almost Everything, I just lost a few days of Programming. Thank You Farstone, Your Program Recovered 5 Years Of Effort.
Everything went perfectly thank you and I made my first back up and restore on 10/02/10 - excellent product. Many thanks!
I have been a customer since I received a demo of RestoreIT on one of my graphic card's companion CDs. When DC Pro came out I upgraded in order to back up my Vista Business OS installation. So, the first thing I did was to create a fresh complete backup image (password protected) -with just the needed drivers and the available OS updates to date- and save it into a bootable DVD (I love this DC option) with the universal feature on, of course. A couple of weeks after doing that, and as one of my SATA HDs was faulty -didn't know at that time I must admit- my whole system went "no-no", so I had to recover it from scratch. I reformatted my HD -not really needed, but just in case, then inserted the bootable DVD with the complete system image and finally restarted the computer. After DC Pro was loaded into memory, and before the restoration procedure started, I was correctly prompted for my password. So, I entered the password and ... what? wrong password ... noooo! Please tell me this is a joke, where's the camera? C'mon! Tried again and again but no, still wrong password, so I took a long breath, drunk some water and suddenly, as a lightningbolt strike, it occurred to me ... wait! It cannot be ... I'm not that lazybones ... yes! When I first created the password I forgot to turn CAPS LOCK off. So, I entered again the correct password and from that moment on, everything went ok, so my whole system was restored just nicely. BTW, some weeks later I realized that my HD was faulty -having done some tests- so I bought a new one and used the image DVD again without any problems. Great tool!
Your product has saved us in many other ways more than I could ever begin to write about.
We have about 16 CNC machines that keep our remanufacturing shop running. One of the flaws of these CNC machines is that surrounding the computer the temperature fluctuates, vibration is enviable and power fluctuations happen every time the CNC moves! The computers have been built tough with dampers and power conditioners that could run a server room but the one thing they forgot about was the hard drive. It is directly over power vent and endures a pounding on a regular basis. We figured out that when a hard drive goes down we can loose up to $500,000 in loss time and materials that could have been processed. So we decided to convert all of the hard drives over to compact flash drives with the help of an IDE to compact flash adapter. Your program was critical and will continue to be critical to the success of this project, with the help of Drive Clone we have been able to make backup copies of our CNC's and also transfer the images to the compact flash drive making our situation with the CNC a whole lot more reliable. We have a process in place that takes about 5 hours and we clone every machine once a month to ensure data recoverability. Your product has saved us in many other ways more than I could ever begin to write about. Thanks for making a great product and the A+ support your company has.
WOW!! I mean i DO expect these features in a commecial/enterprise application... but for home!!
In the IT field I have used software backup and disk cloning software packages like Veritas Netbackup, Acronis, CommVault, Backup Exec, Norton Ghost, Partition Magic Pro, Tapeware, SureStore, and a few others. Some I am more intimate with than others. Some, well its been a long time since using them.
I do realize that some of them have a different purpose. But what i feel is that DriveClone Pro can do just about what all of them can do .. minus pushing out the actual image to the PC listening on bootup (like Ghost and Acronis can do).
Some I have been impressed with while others have much to be desired.
It was a sinch to install, very intuitve. Being a application developer, I am a very picky person when it comes to software, its UI and ease of use.
I like how easy it is to create images, snapshots, and incremental backups. The interface is so easy to use compared to the other products above. Sheesh.. not to mention.. I don't even have to shut down my PC and its super fast!!!!! I have yet to test a restore on another machine however but that feature about loading on a different PC with dissimular hardware.. well that will be awesome!! I have done quite a bit PC baselining and imaging .. and let me tell you.. this seems way easier than SysPreping!!
When i emailed you at first.. i didnt even see the brick level backup capability! i just saw that today and was like WOW!! I mean i DO expect these features in a commecial/enterprise application... but for home!! I was blown away.
Rest assured, DriveClone Pro is now my choice software package for driving image and system backup/restore needs. Keep up the good work!
Thanks again for a great product!! I have been recommending your product to my friends and co-workers!
You have some really outstanding pieces of software
You have some really outstanding pieces of software. We bought both Drive Clone Pro and Drive Clone Express. The Radiology IT Group members really liked Drive Clone Express. We could map our NAS drive while in Drive Clone Express, then image the computer to a folder in the NAS. It worked very well both ways. It also worked great (and fast) with an external USB HD. If you could only have a feature in Drive Clone Express to access system restore points; however, that´s available in Drive Clone Pro for a few dollars more. The techs especially liked the fact that you could install additional drivers if needed right from the Drive clone Express menu.
We plan to use Drive Clone Pro as part of our Rapid Restore program for critical users such as our Finance section and our grants managers. Some of them cannot afford to be down for even 20 minutes. Drive Clone Pro will help them stay on line and have a fail-safe restore option.
One of our other options is to set up their PCs with dual hard drives. First we clone drive C to drive D, then unplug drive D. If drive C fails, we simply shutdown, switch the connections from drive C to drive C and drive D to drive C which now becomes a data drive. Boot from the new drive C and pull over the latest files from drive D or from our Iron Mountain backup service. Slick!
As soon as we determine how many more machines will be involved, I´ll get in touch with you.
Glad to be of service!
Manager, Desktop Computing
Department of Radiology
Perfect antidote to keeping my personal/home network of computers and memorable family photos backed up
Every three to four months I would spend countless hours re-installing and backing up computers on my home network, until I came across FarStone. Specifically, DriveClone Pro 6, I now have the perfect antidote to keeping my personal/home network of computers and memorable family photos backed up.
However, my favorite feature of DriveClone Pro 6 is the system snapshot, which gives me the ability to take any one of my machines back to a perfectly stable and fast running platform. (unlike any anti-virus software)
Not only is it great software but the people, specifically tech support, respectfully and promptly have always responded to my computer and software questions and needs within hours of sending an email.
Thanks to everyone at FarStone!
Sean (East Coast, Canada)
It works for me
If you´re looking for a product which is easy to install for data backup or recovery and doesn´t cost a fortune, that is simple to use, to recover “crashed systems” after the virus attacks, wrong driver installs, “blue screen of death” or migrating to new hardware etc, then use DriveClone, it works for me. Tech support actually replies to your inquiries within 48 hours as well.
My StarCraft saved
one time i was playing starcraft when my cat jumps on the keyboard and starts jumping around!! i got mad so i took it outside when i notice my computer froze. so i restarted my computer until i found out it my uninstall button on the game!(i don't know why i even had that icon) so i begin to rummage around my room when i aciddently stepped on my cd. after hours of shouting and anger management(jk:D) i check my computer to see that if i use driveclone to save my disk, well it took me minutes before i found my game in some other file. so in the end of the day: the cat got wet, reinstalled my game, killed alot of aliens:D.
Best back up and recovery software on the planet at any price
FarStone´s DriveClone 6 is very easy to use, cost effective and it does the job right. I am very happy with FarStone´s DriveClone 6. FarStone´s DriveClone 6 is the best back up and recovery software on the planet at any price.
In few minutes the computer is back on track
I have 3 kids and their friends that keep damaging the home computers. They treat computers really bad. So after 2 to 4 months they become slow and full of problems, unknown software, etc. ...Then it is time for Farstone to reinstall the image.... In few minutes the computer is back on track, couple of more minutes to update software patches. Finally get a new computer image and ready for the next challenge. The same process without Farstone could take 1 to 2 days.
an absolute must for protection from disc crashes
The first product I used from FarStone was RestoreIt, which is now incorporated into DriveClone Pro. RestoreIt saved my computer on more than one occasion and is so easy to use. DriveClone Pro is an absolute must for protection from disc crashes. A whole disc backup takes far less time than some pieces of backup software. Backups can be set to allow for the restore to be made to any other hard drive. Backups can also be kept up to date by use of "Incremental" backups (adding all changes to data). The Clone feature allows for a complete, and fast restorable, copy of your hard drive. One big advantage of DriveClone Pro is the ability to Restore a cloned drive to any other hard drive. The Snapshot facility, run on start-up, or any other time, is fast, and easier to use than the Windows version. The support team at FarStone is helpful and speedy in response to queries.
A far better value for money
After two hard drive crashes in two months and all that it entails I went searching for a reliable back up system that included not just data but apps as well. A search of the web resulted in what seemed to be two trustworthy software's. Close inspection revealed that Drive Clone was a far better value for money. Not only was back up offered but cloning as well together with the ability to schedule work.
After downloading and running I encountered some teething problems of my own making and contacted FarStone support. The answers I received were prompt and easy to understand, and best of all they worked. Because of the first class software and support received I have now upgraded to Drive Clone 6 Pro which gives even more sophisticated features.
I have recently switched from using Acronis True Image to DriveClone Pro. Why?
I have recently switched from using Acronis True Image to DriveClone Pro. Why? Acronis does not work with modern computer hardware, particularly SATA drives and their Customer Support is, sadly and disappointingly, abysmal. I have a number of computers, three with non-SATA drives and my most recent acquisition is a powerful quad core with SATA drives. Acronis True Image worked well with non-SATA computers it totally failed to work on my newest hardware.
Their newest version, Acronis True Image 2009 will allow one to make backups but will fail when restoring from these backup archives. The Rescue Media (boot disk) generated from their newer version refuses to boot the computer. It takes days for their Customer Support to respond and their stock answer is to provide a customised ISO (which in my case failed). At this time I also discovered a number of my colleagues were having problems with their upgraded Acronis True Image 2009 version in that during back up Acronis True Image deleted their Outlook pst folder!! That indeed is a serious flaw suggesting their products are released without adequate testing! I have since discovered that Acronis´ own user Forum is full of unresolved user woes stretching back a couple of years or more. Had I known of this I would never have bought their product despite the good reviews in computer press. Also, their product does not uninstall cleanly and requires quite an effort to purge registry and other remnants manually.
With the failure of Acronis True Image that I experienced I had to search for a disk image backup/restore solution that actually works on modern hardware. I am indeed glad that I discovered DriveClone Pro 6 which just fits the bill. The boot disk works. The backup and restore processes work flawlessly. Their Customer Support is, refreshingly, responsive and one is totally reassured when relying on their products. I have found this to be a totally trouble-free experience having switched to DriveClone Pro from Acronis True Image.
I would urge and recommend anyone facing problems with Acronis True Image to switch to DriveClone Pro and enjoy stress-free disk image backup and restore experience.
Thumbs up to Farstone for a great product
Working in the IT support sector I realized that I was guilty of not properly backing up my own home computer. I was fairly certain I wanted to be able to create a snapshot of my entire hard drive in case of a catastrophic hardware failure. I didn't want to spend the time loading the OS then loading all the applications and do the countless configuration settings. While doing internet searches for such a backup solution I found Farstone DriveClone 6. It appeared to be just what I was looking for and was quite affordable. I compared users reviews and found many people liked the power and simplicity of the product. After downloading the trial version I tried it out and must agree that DriveClone 6.0 is simple to use and would fulfill all my computer backup needs. The Windows PE interface that DriveClone 6 uses is much better than the older Pre-OS (DOS-mode) used previously for a recovery boot. BTW, I did have to contact Farstone support for an issue I had and found the support very fast and quickly worked through my issue. Thumbs up to Farstone for a great product.
What makes TotalRecovery® 8 Tools different from the other versions of TotalRecovery® 8?
TotalRecovery® 8 Tools is a Green software that leaves no imprint on your hard drive. It has the same backup and restore power as other TotalRecovery® 8 products, but requires no installation!
How long does it take to backup/restore a system using TotalRecovery® Tools?
It depends on the amount of data on your system. However, TotalRecovery® Tools’s unique technology minimizes the amount of time it takes to backup the system.
What is TotalRecovery® 8 Tools, and what does it do?
TotalRecovery® 8 Tools is FarStone Technology's backup and disaster recovery solution for Windows. It allows the users to schedule (or manually create) frequent, image-based backups of their local disks and store them on disk-based or network destinations. The backup images include all files, settings, programs and operating system files on the volume, and are an exact representation of the entire volume at the time the backup was created.
What free trial software is available?
FarStone Technology is happy to offer a free 14-day trial for TotalRecovery® 8 products. You’ll find a downloadable version on the TotalRecovery® 8 Tools product page.
How do I get help if I need it?
If you need assistance with any of our products, please refer to the comprehensive User Guide available on our website. If you are unable to find the solution you are looking for, obtain a Support Ticket to get in touch with our Technical Support.
Where may I purchase FarStone software?
FarStone Technology products may be downloaded from our online product pages or from any of our reseller partners. If you originally purchased TotalRecovery® 8 from an authorized FarStone Technology Value Added Reseller (VAR), you may wish to purchase any additional licenses through that reseller.
What are the latest prices?
The latest prices (MSRP) for FarStone Technology software are posted on the website.
How are your products licensed?
Each product is licensed per machine, unless otherwise stated (i.e, purchasing a multiple license bundle). If you wish to install and activate the product on multiple machines, you will need to purchase additional licenses.
If I purchase TotalRecovery® 8 Tools software, do I download it, or will you send me official product CDs in the mail?
You will have the option during the purchase to request a TotalRecovery® 8 Tools product CD by mail (for a small shipping fee), or you may choose to download the software. The download comes in the form of a small installer to install the software in Windows.
Why couldn´t I install 64-bit driver for my RAID card in Pre-OS Recovery Manager?
Please use 32-bit driver and try again.
Why can´t I see computer list in &My Network Places” when I want to back up or restore from a network shared folder within Recovery Manager? What should I do?
1. We recommend you change the workgroup name of computers to default name “Workgroup”. And then program will list all computers automatically.
2. Or, if you don’t want to modify existing workgroup name, please map the shared folders by follow below instructions:
a. Click “Map Network Drive” on “Network” tab bar.
b. Enter the location of shared folder, user name, and password on input box.
c. If the computer you want to connect to is on a domain, you would enter the domain name, user name, and password. For example: domain\username.
d.If you are connecting to a computer in a workgroup, you would enter the remote computer name an user name. For example: remote_computer_name\username.
e. After mapping network drives, you can save your back image to a network folder.
If the source partition is a bootable partition (e.g. C:\) but the target partition is not, can the target partition be used to boot the system after restoration?
Yes, however please do the following:
Modify your boot.ini file.
If you are in DOS, enter the boot partition (C:\) and type “edit boot.ini” to modify this file.
If you are in Windows, the file boot.ini might be hidden. Select Show hidden files and folder from tools->folder options from the menu bar to show boot.ini, then open it (the default path to the boot.ini file is C:\boot.ini).
Add the following to boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(X)partition(Y)\Folder=" Description "
X: is the HDD (hard drive) number, generally defined as 0 – 3. Number 0 is the primary master, 1 is the primary slave, 2 is the secondary primary and 3 is the secondary slave;
Y: is the partition ID, generally defined as 0-25, 0 is for the first partition.
Folder: is the place storing the boot file (this is not the boot.ini file). If your system is Windows NT/2000, it should be defined as WINNT. If your system is Windows XP, it should be Windows.
Description: comments for the options listed on the splash screen at system startup.
I cloned a hard drive using the Clone Drive function. Why can’t I boot from the cloned drive?
This may happen if Norton GoBack is installed on your computer. Please uninstall Norton GoBack before cloning the drive.
Are there any limitations when I restore from an image over the network?
TotalRecovery® Tools can restore an image file sized below 2GB when restoring from a network location. When backing up an image to a network location, TotalRecovery® Tools can automatically split the file into several volumes with a maximum size of 2GB each. You can select the first volume of the image series to be restored. But, if you select an image stored in an NTFS partition that is over 2GB, you cannot restore from it over the network. The image file must be copied back to the local computer to perform a successful restore.
Why can’t I find some Complete Backup Point Image Files that have been stored on the hard drive in Pre-OS?
If the Image file stored in the NTFS partition has been compressed already, the Image file can be recognized and restored both in Windows and Pre-OS. If you store the Image File in NTFS partition and then compress the NTFS partition, the Image file cannot be recognized and restored in Pre-OS. The solution is to copy the Image File in Windows to other partitions that have not been compressed.
I try to back up the data to network computer. Why can’t I access to the network computer’s share folder after I have entered correct user name and password?
If you cannot back up the data to a network location, you may need to modify the Local Security Settings of the network computer. Please re-configure the Local Security Settings of the network computer to solve this issue.
After logging on the network computer, select Start - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Local Security Policy.
Locate Security Settings-Local Policies-Security Options from the directory in the left pane.
Find the item Network access: sharing and security model for local accounts from the policy list in the right pane, double click it.
In the popup dialog box, select Classic-local users authenticate as themselves, and click Apply.
Submit a Support Ticket
If you cannot find the solution in the FAQ, please describe the problem as detail as possible in a support ticket. Our support team will answer your questions in the shortest time. To create a support ticket, click Support Ticket
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2000, and Windows 7 (Both 32-64 Bit Supported)
Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows 2008 Server(Both 32-64 Bit Supported)
Windows Small Business Server (Both 32-64 Bit Supported)
Linux & Unix
Backup Destination Storage Supported:
Internal Hard Drive, External USB Hard Drive, USB Flash, SSD (Solid State Drive), 1394 FireWire Hard Drive
Network Share Folder, Network Drive, NAS , iSCSI, and iPSAN Storage
RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD Disk Array
Supported File Systems
FAT16/32, NTFS, Linux Ext2/Ext3, ReiserFS, Linux Swap and other unknown partitions.