[Windows] Keep your data safe with Redo Backup and Recovery, a backup and restore program that works from bootable CD or USB drive

Many people live in fear that their computer could crash at any moment. Alright, maybe not in fear, but it is something that I think about from time to time. Thus, backing up my system is something that is important to me. Redo Backup and Recovery is a very simple program that just about anyone can use. The goal of this program is to make it easy to backup and restore your system when needed.


Main Functionality

Redo Backup and Recovery is a program that is designed to give you a little piece of mind. With Redo Backup and Recovery you can easily backup and restore your computer; it even has a quick restore feature which the developer claims will have allow you to restore your files to a functional state again within 10 minutes, if you are to get a virus that wipes out your computer. Redo Backup and Recovery does this for free and without having to install the program.

Take note Redo Backup and Recovery is an “image” or sector-level backup program.


  • No installation required
  • Can be booted from a CD or USB device
  • Runs outside your operating system (OS), so it will backup or restore virtually every OS
  • Quick restore can have you up and running again in 10 minutes


  • Large download size (214MB, which really isn’t a bad size considering it is bootable)
  • You’ll need to burn the .ISO image you download online to a CD (or USB) with a burning program before you can use it


There are a lot of different “backup” programs on the market, but few of them work as well as Redo Backup and Recovery. This is a program that can have your computer back up and running from a complete melt down in as little as 10 minutes.

Using Redo Backup and Recovery is about as easy as a backup system can be. Of course, getting everything set up may be a different story. To make sure that there is no confusion, I am going to walk you through how you get Redo Backup and Recovery ready to go.

First you need to go to their website and download the latest “live CD image”. See, you’re not actually downloading an executable program, as you are downloading a CD image. Also, don’t expect this download to be extremely fast. After all, the CD image you are downloading is about 214MB. Once the download is complete, you need to burn this .ISO file to a CD. This can be done with just about any CD burning program.

At this point, you will want to put the CD in your CD-ROM drive and reboot your system. A reboot has to be done, because Redo Backup and Recovery does not run within your OS. In fact, Redo Backup and Recovery is kind of its own operating system. Keep in mind that, during the boot process, you may need to hit F8 or F12 to get this CD to boot.

Once you get the CD to boot it is a cake walk. The CD will boot up a mini operating system, which will launch Redo Backup and Recovery. Now you can choose to back up your system or recover back to a safe state.

There are also options on the main website on how to run this program from a USB stick if you want. I did not choose this option, so I am not sure how easy that process is. However, creating a CD was easy enough, so I assume that the USB walkthrough should be pretty simple as well.


I have used a lot of backup and restore programs in my time, but this one really seems to be one of the best. The download takes a while, but it is worth your time. You will need an image burning program in order to create the CD, but there are a ton of them out there to choose from (such as ImgBurn). Once you get this program up and running, you can rest easy knowing your computer is fully protected.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 0.9.8

Supported OS: Any operating system (because the program does not run in the OS)

Download size: 214MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: File too large to scan

Is it portable? Yes

Redo Backup and Recovery homepage

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  • Paul Nelson

    I have used this program for a number of years. Never had a problem with it, though I have never had to restore a backup.
    I like the idea of this program as it uses it’s own operating system. That way if you can’t get windows to load/boot up, you can still run this program, restore your latest backup and be on your way.

  • FredLL1950

    Finally! A program to back up my netbook. I downloaded the ISO &
    put it on usb using Rufus (available at http://rufus.akeo.ie/). I booted
    up from usb & backed up my hard drive to a usb external hard drive.
    It took 2 hours & 28 minutes to back up 49.4 gigs of data on my
    100 gig hard drive. I guess that’s kinda slow but I shouldn’t complain.
    Only real problem I encountered was when I clicked on “quit” in menu
    Redo splash screen wouldn’t go away. I had to unplug my computer
    & take the battery out. I rebooted into Windows XP & backup files
    were on the external hard drive so I don’t think I’ll have any problem
    restoring if necessary.

  • Shawn

    I’ve used this tool and it does the job.

    The program also contains extra tools for accessing your files and a not too shabby data recovery.

    Only major issue is that on some systems you’ll need to use the safe mode as for some reason some video cards give issues.

  • Frank D

    @Frank D: I forgot to mention that Windows Backup works in the background while you continue using your PC. With a disc-based backup you can’t use your PC while it’s being backed up.

  • Frank D

    There is no information on compression level, choice of storage location(s), availability of incremental or differential backups etc. Then there is the question of why I would want to use this instead of the built-in (in Win7) Windows backup, which gives the availability of incremental backups, and is already built into the OS as well as into the Windows installation disc.

  • DT

    @riya: check out this article at techsupportalert.com:


  • Eric989

    I still have a lot of questions. Does this offer to compress the image? Is the image browseable? What about incremental and differential backups? Is there any reason to use this instead of the free linux or WinPE based discs Easeus Todo can make?

  • riya

    Are there any other good backup programs that is a bit small in size? And out of the free ones, which one do you think is the best?