FarStone Products Reviews

Review: FarStone Total Backup Recovery Server by PC Magazine

The Verdict: An user-friendly, flexible, and advanced recovery solution

The biggest nightmare for network administrators is server crash, once happened, reliable and up-to-date backups are extremely necessary and important. FarStone Total Backup and Recovery 9 Server covers all the needs. Whether your PC is a physical one or a virtual machine, Total Backup and Recovery 9 Server can run on almost all Windows Server versions, from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012.

Total Backup and Recovery 9 Server fully supports (U) EFI, GPT, dynamic disks and RAID. With regard to its back up method, many ways are at your choice: back up an entire disk, some partition, or some files; Or you can choose to clone an entire disk or some partition. If some files are unnecessary to be backed up, you can exclude it at Exclusion option. Besides, other options are also greatly helpful, they are Email-Notification, Pre/Post Commands, Image Splitting, AES 256 encryption Password Protection and Choose the Compression Mode. All backups have their own image formats (.Tbr), and can be mounted for restoration. During our test, an error message shows after starting back up, we just neglected it and backup completed successfully. Images or files can be backed up to a network share or an offsite location via FTP. It is worth mentioning that the function of converting a backup image to a *.vmdk or *.vhd format is really useful and practical. Users can add Recovery Manager into boot menu or create a self-bootable rescue media so that PC can be restored once suffered boot failure. In WinPE environment, clone function is also accessible, in addition, more functions are added, such as iSCSI Initiator and Add Driver. We tested almost all functions of Total Backup and Recovery 9 Server on Windows Server 2012, except recoverying data to disimilar hardware, and no bug found yet.

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Review: FarStone DriveClone review by InfoWorld

The Verdict: you should dump the backup utility that came with your USB drive and buy a copy of Drive Clone

Well I've been ranting about how much I liked the Restore IT backup product, and some of you mumbled about an uncertain future of this product....well that's because Far Stone has decided to drop the Restore IT name in favor of Drive Clone Pro instead.

More to the point, Drive Clone Pro still gives me everything that I decided I liked in the old Restore IT product, but added some features that has me scratching my head wondering why I so rarely see these features in their competitor's products. Like: incremental file backups can now be by category (picture files, music, desktop folder, video, etc) and will ask you how many different versions of duplicate files you wish to keep....WOW...about freaking time!!!

Actually more to the point, why has it taken so long to see enterprise backup and restore features for individual workstations?

So I screen shot-ed you to death with Restore IT so I'll save your bandwidth and cover why you should dump the backup utility that came with your USB drive and buy a copy of Drive Clone Pro.

  • Incremental file backup that is application sensitive and you can specify how many versions to keep
  • Mounting your backup image as a drive
  • Image backup verify
  • Partition or whole disk cloning
  • Support for every USB optical and external drive I could lay my hands on
  • 30 day trial downloadable from farstone.com
  • Multi-user packs
  • FIREWIRE support for external drives
  • Bare metal restore capability
  • Non-Windows partition image backup (Linux EXT2/3 and others)

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery USB by gadgetKing.com

The Verdict: most user friendly bit of backup gadgetry I have ever seen ... this is THE TOOL FOR YOU!

let me introduce you to most user friendly bit of backup gadgetry I have ever seen. This is not am empty boast either, for I am one technologically jaded bastard. This particular backup solution is called the TotalRecovery USB by the FarStone Technology folks. Read on for a full review of the TotalRecovery USB backup solution.

The TotalRecovery USB is a bootable USB stick and it is stupid easy to use – turn off your computer, plug in the USB stick, turn on your computer, and select your menu options. Keep in mind, your computer boots from the USB stick, and not from the hard drive. That’s a pretty cool feature, especially if your hard drive is unbootable, or lets say password protected and you “forgot the password”, or don’t want to alter any registries… (Wink wink)

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Data Backup Editor's Review by PC World.com

Review: Farstone VirtualDrive Pro review vy PC WORLD

The Verdict: VirtualDrive Pro is a capable all-in-one disc image manipulation and burning program.

Ratings: 4.5/5

VirtualDrive Pro is a great little program for mounting images as virtual drives (up to 23 of them), also creates them - from files and folders or existing media. Even better, it burns images to physical media. The program works with CDs, as well as DVDs and Blu-ray media that are not copy protected.

VirtualDrive Pro is a great little program for mounting images as virtual drives (up to 23 of them), also creates them - from files and folders or existing media. Even better, it burns images to physical media. The program works with CDs, as well as DVDs and Blu-ray media that are not copy protected.

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Data Backup Editor's Review

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery Pro

The Verdict: Top Performer under backup and Imaging software categories

Ratings: 9.8/10

Total Recovery Pro offers unique platform for users don’t want to experience data loss circumstances either at their home or their office location. Different backup and disk imaging solutions comes with unique capability and helps users to restore data or rebuild and recover data from failed or unbootable system.

I've found this software pretty useful and fast in taking backup or imaging or cloning the drive. At the very affordable cost, you've so much to get benefited using this software. Highly recommended.

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Review: FarStone DriveClone

The Verdict: Powerful Utility to Clone Drive or Partition

Drive Clone will powerfully create full copy of any selected regions around the hard drive area while ensuring that no pieces of important data were left. The software offers 14 days fully unblocked software to test the software capability and recommends buying only after getting satisfactory results.I’m pretty satisfied with the overall results and how speedily it completes the whole operation. You can clone drive or partition of 2 TB or more in capacity within a matter of time.

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Review: FarStone SyncBee by Dator Magazine

The Verdict: Relatively fast and smooth

Relatively fast and smooth. Convenient that the software runs from the hard drive, no installation required. Suitable for both backup and synchronization

Read the review FarStone SyncBee by Dator Magazine

Review: FarStone RestoreIT by Computer Magazine Pro

The Verdict: 2 minutes restoration from virus attacks, spyware intrusions, or system crashes!

Review: FarStone RestoreIT by Computer IL MIO

The Verdict: The high-speed and space-saved solution restores your Windows!

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive by e-Clack

The Verdict: We completely trust VirtualDrive Pro, and we also recommend this software

On our testing, VirtualDrive Pro was better than rival software on the processor speed, number of features, depth of each feature, effective and thorough. We currently do not have anything unsatisfactory about this software.

Read the review VirtualDrive review by eClack

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery review by Micro hebdo

“We like different types of backup and restore features. It also comes with useful tools for repairing hard drive.”

Review: FarStone DriveClone review by Génération-NT

“Many reasons that make this software a “must-have”!” “An all-in-one solution that meets your expectations.”

Read the review DriveClone review by Generation-NT

Review: FarStone DriveClone review by Micro Actuel

“DriveClone provides the indispensable tools for backup and restoration”

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive review by Windows News

“We appreciate the numerous functions of the program

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery review by Windows News

“To install… and certainly not to uninstall!” - Review: 15/20

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery Pro review by TopTenREVIEWS.com

The Verdict: One of the best disk imaging software solutions. Total Recovery Pro is a solid piece of imaging software that will help you back up and image your home or office network.

Wow, it is nice when we get to review software that performs a complicated task for home users that is actually easy to use; even for those who have never explored disk imaging before. FarStone Total Recovery Pro is a great program for home use. The software has a simple, clean interface and it does a good job of explaining complex terms along the way. Combining the right features and easy functionality, Total Recovery is one of the best disk imaging software solutions. Read the review FarStone TotalRecovery Pro review by TopTenREVIEWS.com

Review: FarStone DriveClone review by Génération-NT

“DriveClone 6 Pro is the 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!”

Read the review FarStone DriveClone review by Generation-NT

Review: FarStone DriveClone review by SVM

“This software ensures drive/partition imaging backup, disk cloning and files backup. For instance, the program can search selected files, back up folders such as My Documents, Desktop and Favorites.”

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery Express Review by Réponse Micro

“This tool gives you peace of mind: everything on your computer is safe and you will be able to migrate from your PC to another.”

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery USB Review by L’Ordinateur Individuel

“Data loss is a shame! No backup or disk snapshot is the worst! To avoid such inconvenience, here is a solution that has the particularity to work without installing on the computer.”

Review: FarStone DriveClone Review by PC Solutions

“With DriveClone, you can undo unwanted operations, like a failed Windows update, a virus attack, or an installation error.”

Review: FarStone RestoreIT won Editor's Choice from tucows.com

The Verdict: I found RestoreIT Pro to be very intuitive and quite easy-to-use. To me it's perfect for both new and experienced users.

RestoreIT Pro by Farstone Technologies, Inc. is a powerful tool for backing up and restoring your computer. It can create restore points that let you restore your computer to any previous time. If your computer crashes for any reason, RestoreIT Pro can still restore your computer because it loads before Windows. Beyond backing upthe program can also create a complete image of your hard drivethat can be restored to other computers. It supports RAID systems, unlimited restore points, and the ability to load even when Windows won't. The program is easy-to-use and perfect for users with all levels of experience.

I really like the fact that RestoreIT Pro provides such powerfulfunctionality that even newer users can take advantage of. You don't have to be a computer guru to use this product and use it well. The combination of backup together with imaging makes it a very useful tool. The ability to restore your computer even when Windows won't start is a major advantage. It's my pleasure to present RestoreIT Pro with the Tucows "Editor's Choice Award" for excellence.

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Review: FarStone RestoreIT won Best Choice Award from PC Home

“The recovery speed is fast, it’s very easy to use and it takes almost no system resources

Review: FarStone RestoreIT review by InfoWorld

The Verdict: A strong buy

“In my long search for a backup/restore utility for my Windows machines, I’ve tried just about everything I could get my hands on... What I had been wanting was...boot into a non-Windows system to do a full backup, but still be able to use that same backup to restore just the file I accidentally dumped in a mad disk cleaning frenzy.
So why am I so excited about something as mundane as a backup/restore utility? ...I travel a lot and have had a disk drives die out on me... I don’t want to have to dig around for my Windows License key. I don’t want to be forced into a single vendor solution, and most importantly I’d like a restore utility that gives me back a machine ready to go without forcing me into repairing various applications.”
Read the review RestoreIT review by InfoWorld — Brian Chee, InfoWorld
USA Today

Review: VirtualDrive Review by USA TODAY

The Verdict: Juggling Multiple CDs

Did I mention speed? As fast as CD-ROM drives have gotten in the last couple of years, they can't hold a candle to even a second-rate hard drive. The bottom line: Running your software from a virtual drive will be like sticking the original disc into a 200X or faster CD-ROM drive. Your jaw will literally drop at the speed difference.

Read the review VirtualDrive Review by USA TODAY

Review: VirtualDrive Review by PC Magazine

“Optimize running speed of your games and software. Thanks to disc images of VirtualDrive Pro 12.”

Review: DriveClone Review by Windows News

“DriveClone Pro ensures the essential and does it well, with a simple interface and stability.”

Review: FarStone TotalRecovery Express Review by Micro Hebdo

“We like: the possibility to launch the program outside of Windows, the disk and partition cloning tool, the compatibility with Linux, and the interface”.

Review: FarStone DriveClone Review by Micro Pratique

“The name DriveClone suits it, because this product duplicates your disk for preventing from data loss. It is also useful when you upgrade your PC.”

Review: FarStone DriveClone Review by Question Micro

“Incremental backup allow users to save a considerable amount of time and storage space.”

Review: FarStone DriveClone Review by Tech Republic

The Verdict: Makes cloning disk drives and partitions easy.

“Simply navigate the cloning application’s short wizard, and within minutes you have fully functioning cloned disks ready to deploy. Better yet, FarStone has included simple backup functionality within Snapshot. Thus, IT professionals receive not only a powerful image drive application, but additional options for regularly completing data backups.”
— Erik Eckel, Tech Republic

Review: FarStone Snapshot (RestoreIT) Review by Computer Power User magazine

“Snapshot works in three modes and adds some useful utilities.”
“Snapshot can write system back-ups, as well as file backups, to secondary internal drives, external USB devices, burnable CDs/DVDs, and even over a LAN to a network drive. It does it all very quickly with compression set to Medium. A Linux-based boot disc allows for restoring from all modes and from all sources, even if Windows won’t boot.”
— Warren Ernst, Computer Power User

Review: FarStone DriveClone review by CRN

The Verdict: DriveClone's Got Your Backup

FarStone's DriveClone Pro is one of the easiest-to-use hard-drive imaging and backup offerings on the market. The software installs in seconds and provides many useful, quick data-transfer capabilities.

Review: FarStone Data Backup review by eWeeks

The Verdict: FarStone Introduces Low-Cost Backup Software for SMBs

Data recovery provider FarStone Technology has launched an inexpensive new suite of applications designed for small and midsize businesses that tend to have problems losing data stored on their computers. FarStone offers a well-designed product that should find favor among SMBs for its very granular recovery.” David Hill, principal of the Mesabi Group, told eWEEK.

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive review by Over Clockers

The Verdict: I have to say that Virtual Drive 10 Pro is one of the most useful pieces of software I have ever seen.

Virtual Drive 10 Pro is an excellent piece of software and the people at Farstone have clearly done their homework. This software is an excellent addition to any software collection but especially for those of you who:

A. Are prone to losing CD/DVD media.
B. Those of you looking for a way to use your terabyte RAID.
C. Those of you with 2-4 GBs of RAM who would like to dabble in solid-state storage but want to be able to reallocate the storage to RAM when Vista comes out.
D. Those of you with files that are constantly being accessed on your computer and want a performance speed up.

So I have to tip my hat to the guys at Farstone for creating such an excellent product – great job guys!

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive review by Kick Start News

The Verdict: VirtualDrive can dramatically reduce losses and damage

If battery life problems are plaguing your game play on the laptop, use VirtualDrive to reduce the load because it's hard drive based. Because the virtual drive is on the hard drive, access time is much faster than anything you can expect from a CD or DVD drive (not in the least because you don't have to wait for an optical drive to spin up). If you travel with software that requires an original CD or DVD, VirtualDrive can dramatically reduce losses and damage simply because you won't have to carry the disks anymore. Recommended.

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive by Pen Computing

The Verdict: VirtualDrive from FarStone is the answer. It works flawlessly and it’s worth the money.”

One common characteristic of all the first-generation Tablet PCs is that none of them has an internal CD drive. If you need a CD drive, you have to carry a portable USB version – along with a cable, CDs, and possibly a power cube. Luckily, there’s a way around this dilemma – it’s called a “virtual CD drive”.

Review: FarStone VirtualDrive by PC World

The Verdict: Play CD-ROMs Without Using a Physical Drive

By Ramon G. McLeod. If you've ever waited for a CD-ROM to catch up to the action while you play a game on your PC, you'll appreciate Farstone Technology's CD emulator, Virtual Drive 6.1. A CD emulator copies data from a CD to a virtual CD-ROM drive on your hard drive and then plays the data back, making the CD-ROM unnecessary and game play much quicker. This is handy if you travel: You can have your CD-ROMs available without having to tote the actual discs.

Virtual Drive works in all flavors of Windows except 3.1 and costs $40 downloaded (I saw a shipping version). It creates up to 23 virtual CD drives on your computer and assigns a drive letter to each. When you copy a CD, the software creates a virtual CD, and you "load" and "eject" it via the program's Virtual Drive Manager. A virtual CD can contain any kind of data, including music files and databases.
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  Outstanding I.T. Applications / Products Award by Taipei IT Steering Committee
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