A Great Solution for Notebook Backup

By Nick Stam  |  Posted 2002-11-06 Print this article Print

Review: Do you back up your notebook data regularly? How quickly could you recover if your notebook hard disk suddenly died? We look at an amazing solution – the CMS ABSplus.

Product: ABSplus
Pro: Easy to set up and use, provides bootable replacement notebook drive, many features for power users, reliable operation.
Con: Documentation is difficult to navigate and obtuse in places, and missing important troubleshooting information. First backup can take a while. Versioning not supported (coming soon per CMS). Office XP may need reactivation when using backup drive as primary drive in disaster recovery mode, and this is not explained.
Summary:       The ABSplus delivers a highly reliable, simple to use backup product that provides much needed disaster insurance for important data. Although it can take more than 7 hours to backup a 20gig hard drive the first time, subsequent sessions only copy changed data. It’s light-weight, travels easily, and truly offers peace of mind. If you value your notebook data, you need this product.
Company: CMS Peripherals
List Price: from $279 for a 10GB system to $499 for a 60GB version
Check Prices: 10GB, 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB
Read our complete review, by starting with the Overview, or head right to Physical Design to see how it looks. The Installation and Initial Backup section describes in detail how we got it working, and the Advanced Features section discusses some of the bundled goodies. For testing details, we benchmark backups in Performance Results, and discuss how well it actually worked in a simulated crash in the Disaster Recovery Test Results section.

Nick Stam Co-Founder, ExtremeTech
Ex-Director, PC Magazine Labs

Nick is a founder of the ExtremeTech website. He worked with co-founder Bill Machrone designing the site, staffing up, and getting initial content developed for ET's formal launch on June 12, 2001. Nick was Senior Technical Director of ET until mid-2003, while concurrently performing duties in PC Magazine Labs.

Nick was a technical director in PC Labs from late 1991 through mid-2002, and was Lab Director from mid-2002 until March 2005. Prior to PC Magazine, Nick was in the computer industry in various development, systems engineering, and management roles since mid-1980, and he received an MS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton.

In March 2005, Nick decided it was time to leave Ziff Davis Media (parent of PC Magazine and ExtremeTech) to pursue other opportunities, but wishes all the best to the ET and PC Magazine staff and reader communities!

Nick can be contacted at nickstam@comcast.net


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