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Instant Recovery / Snapshot Software Review and Guide: Rollback RX

By: Tasos Laurentiadis | Security & Backup in Software | Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Horizon DataSys

Software Usage


The program is very easy to use with most of its options being very straight forward and self-explanatory, as we can see from the following screens:












Under the Tools & Settings header there are some more options like Access Control, System Security, Baseline Manager, Snapshot Defragmenter and Settings. Once again these options are very easy to understand and configure. Personally I prefer to manage the snapshots completely manually, and only when I need to do so. As a result I have disabled all automatic snapshoting options. I have also disabled all conditional snapshot deletion options by removing the check marks from the boxes as seen below:




The above settings reflect what I find suitable for my own usage. Make sure to change any of those settings to your liking before proceeding further.


A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE HERE, regarding the RX Snapshot Defragmenter option: The very way that RX works makes it completely incompatible with ALL conventional disk defragmentation applications. Make sure to NEVER defrag any RX-protected disks/partitions with Windows Disk Defrag or with any other conventional disk defragging tool. You must only use RX's own snapshot defragmenter for all RX-managed disks/partitions. It does the job very well and it is also much faster than conventional defrag tools.


It is also very important to completely disable Windows auto-defrag scheduling for all RX-managed disks/partitions. If you have any third-party defrag apps installed as well, make sure to disable automatic defrag scheduling with those, too. Some defrag apps may also include stealth defrag modules that kick-in automatically and optimize disks the background. It is very important to fully disable all such modules. You can still use your defrag apps to optimize your non-RX disks manually, when you need to.




It is also preferable to run the RX defrag tool outside Windows, through the RX recovery console. Doing it before Windows loads provides a more thorough snapshot defragging. To access the console, you should restart the computer, and press the HOME key when the RX boot screen comes up. You will then be presented with the screen above.


The above screenshot is from a previous version of RX, so the background picture will be different in the latest version. The options are still the same, though. The snapshot defragging tool is under the Advanced Options heading. Once you select it you will be asked if you want to delete any snapshots before defragging. If you choose to do so you will then be presented with a list of your snapshots. Make sure to select the ones you don't need and delete them one by one. Be very careful not to select any useful snapshots by mistake. Remember that once you delete snapshots in this manner, they will be gone forever. After the snapshots have been deleted, proceed with the defragging. Unlike a conventional disk defrag which can take ages, snapshot defragging is very fast. The process should complete within just a few seconds.


The RX recovery console also gives you more options. You can save new snapshots, restore one of your previously saved ones, you can even uninstall RX from there. When you select a snapshot for restoration, RX renders it active, and the computer can boot from it.


A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARENTS HERE: If the computer is also used by youngsters, I would strongly recommend for you to protect RX with a password. A password will stop the kids from possibly messing with the snapshots and RX settings. Make sure you select a strong password that your children won't be able to guess. Don't write the password down or save it as a text file - it has to be something that only you will know and remember.

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