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Rebit Makes Personal Backup a Virtual No-Brainer

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Rebit—yes, it sounds like what a frog utters—says it is "dedicated to relieving the burden of backup for PC users." To prove it, the little Longmont, Colo.-based company has launched a new line of desktop storage devices called SaveMe.

Rebit's SaveMe is a backup/system recovery device that starts working as soon as it is installed. No human interaction is needed. It just starts copying everything—all files, the operating system, applications, preferences, bookmarks, everything—when it's plugged in and keeps everything in state in the event of a power failure or other unplanned event.

"Like all Rebit products, it is continuous, complete and easy to use," David Schwaab, senior director of marketing and company co-founder, told The Station. "There are no buttons, no schedules and no configurations. In the event of a catastrophe, one can easily and quickly recover individual files, entire folders, or restore the complete system to a point in time."

What could be easier than that?

SaveMe uses Rebit's homegrown SmartSave "personalization" software. SmartSave automatically provides backup and recovery while finding additional storage space for personal files such as music, movies, podcasts and other data—if it is needed.

"SmartSave will make extra room for additional files if it starts getting crowded," Schwaab said. "It does this by intelligently eliminating older versions of files as needed until the volume fills up."

One SaveMe unit can back up as many as six PCs. Backup drives for laptops (2.5-inch drive) or notebooks are available in 250GB ($120), 320GB ($140) and 500GB ($170) models, and desktop versions (3.5-inch) are available in 500GB ($149), 1TB ($200) and 2TB ($350) capacities. The SaveMe software comes separately on a CD, at $30 (SaveMe Express) and $40 (full SaveMe).

Two terabytes for $350! That's right. Storage is cheap, might as well take full advantage. Might not always be this way.

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 15 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...