What’s the difference between FlashBack and Windows System Restore (WSR)?
One of our most frequently asked questions from customers is:
“What’s the difference between FlashBack and Windows System Restore?”
The easiest way to answer this question is to look at each service respectively.
WINDOWS SYSTEM RESTORE HIGHLIHGTS
Very fast, quite convenient to use
- Convenient to use, very fast
- It is not a backup tool. It cannot protect the system from disk failures, cannot revert virus infections
- Recovers only some system files and registry. All the rest of the data on the drive, including user files are not protected
- Works in quite a unstable way. There are high chances that it won’t be able to recover the system back after a failure
- Erases its snapshots in an unpredictable manner. For example, all snapshots may vanish after a defragmentation operation
- No way to recover individual files or folders
FlashBack by Xeroweight highlights
- Free of all above mentioned limitations of WSR
- Is a full backup software protecting from all possible system failures.
- Backs up all the information on the drive – both system files and user data. FlashBack uses disk imaging technology.
- Restore speed is normally much higher (due to incremental restore technology), backup speed is slightly slower
- Provides efficient method to browse and retrieve single files/folders from the backups (using our backup browser)
Considering that Windows System Restore is not a backup tool, and doesn’t protect the user files, it cannot be considered as a replacement for FlashBack.