the core revert ability there are a number of other related
tools that round out GoBack. The file recovery tool is
especially interesting. You can recover files deleted from
the Recycle Bin as well as previous versions of files!
You also have the ability to use the Post-Restore File
Rescue option. As previously mentioned, there may be times
when you need to restore your computer to a previous state,
but still want the current versions of certain files (such
as Word documents or e-mail). After you've restored your
computer, the Post-Restore File Rescue tool will let you
restore individual files that are newer than the state
you reverted to, thus circumventing a potentially devastating
restoring your computer you may have a question as to
which state you should choose. Usually you want the most
recent, but sometimes that doesn't cut it. The further
you go back, the more the changes there are and this
is where the Disk Drive Compare tool comes in handy.
It allows you to compare your current state to any of
the virtual states stamped by the system. With the Advanced
Restore you can also select from more than one of these
dates and see all the details and different states of
the files that can be restored. The end result is that
you'll be better prepared to restore to a specific state
and also know which files you may want to subsequently
rescue with the Post-Restore File Rescue option.
you work in a computer lab or have a computer set up
for a child, there is another tool you may like. GoBack’s
AutoBack feature enables the creation of a standard state
to which you can revert to at any time. You can even
set the system to revert on a timed basis such as every
time it is booted or once a week. This can be a real
time saver and prevent the need to continually refresh
the computer with a drive image tool.
Try mode is the other key feature of GoBack. Although
this feature requires more space (at least 3 GB), it
does allow you to safely try out new software without
having to worry about how it might corrupt your system.
Putting GoBack in Safe Try mode allows you to download
and try various programs and then, at any point, revert
back to the point at which you turned on Safe Try mode,
or if everything is good, turn Safe Try mode off and
keep the new state.
out the package is LiveUpdate, Symantec’s update
tool that continually monitors Symantec’s site
to ensure your GoBack software is up-to-date.
all of these tools, the key thing is do they work as advertised?
I had previously used GoBack 3.0 with my laptop and successfully
recovered from a couple disasters. Since using 4.0 I fortunately
have had no disasters that I needed to recover from, but
in simulating problems and trying the various features
I was pleased to find that everything I tried worked as
advertised. For users of previous versions, I would recommend
the update, not only because of the additional tools, but
also because of the improved user interface.
all this are there downsides? Although GoBack performed
well, I encountered one problem that I found less than
pleasant: installation. While the installation itself is
simple, if you want to use the Safe-Try mode or simply
increase the amount of space used for GoBack, you may be
in for a surprise if your drive is nearly full. The problem
arises because GoBack not only requires a certain amount
of free space on your hard drive, but it also must be uninterrupted,
contiguous space. That means even if you have 4GB free
and only need 2.5GB, the installation can still fail. That
in itself is not bad, but unfortunately GoBack goes through
its whole installation process, taking 5-10 minutes before
it decides it can't install and then must uninstall. Changing
the installation script so the check for uninterrupted
space occurs earlier would solve this small problem.
thing to note is that if you use a disk defragmenter program,
you need to make sure you exclude the Norton Snap Shot
file. Not all defrag utilities have an exclusion feature.
On the bright side, I've got one that does not allow me
to exclude this file and GoBack still worked, but the instructions
strongly recommend against this practice.
Norton GoBack performs to specs and provides a much needed
improvement over the built-in restore function in Windows.
If you care about your data, you are probably doing back-ups.
If you are not or you simply want a quicker solution for
smaller problems, Norton GoBack is a good choice for you.
With its comprehensive revert capabilities, Norton GoBack
makes controlled restorations a snap, providing you with
a solution that doesn't result in the loss of any
valuable new data.