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Does The Juzt Reboot Card Live Up To Its Name? 7

frAme57 asks: "Overclockedcafe has a review of the Juzt Reboot System/Data Recovery Card. Has anyone used one? Is it everything they say it is? It sounds like an interesting idea but a PCI card that does what tape drives and CD burners do does seem a bit...well...farfetched." The review makes the card out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, and it may be just that if it does all it claims it can. Unfortunately a few functions on this card are limited to DOS/Win32, but if it can save you from a catastrophic crash even once, it might turn out to be worth the cash. Anyone have any direct experiences with this hardware that they'd like to share?
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Does The Juzt Reboot Card Deserve It's Hype?

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  • The manufacturer's website does not appear to be available at this time.
  • It works for me, but I put up a quick mirror at:

    http://www.ostenfeld.dk/~bolind/juzt-reboot/eindex .htm [ostenfeld.dk]

    It's probably just me, but for the first many minutes I just sad with a big "What does it do?!"-look on my face.

    Apparently, it uses part of the harddrive to buffer changes, which you can choose to ignore, and go back to a previous step. Kinda like a big scale undo function for OS's.

    Not sure if it's usable. The review recommends it being used in a lab environment, but labs are already networked, so wouldn'ta global "write-disk-image-from-server-once-a-week" be better? I know that's what my school does. (In the MS Windows lab, that is. I the CS lab, we run dumb Sunray 150 clients against Solaris X-servers.)

    Bo

  • At the Internet World (Israel) 2000 expo, I've seen an Israeli company selling their so-called "MagicCard", which was supposed to allow recovery from any problem, be it modified settings, format C: or a total secure wipe of the disk (with Norton Utilities).

    After I inqueried more, they claimed it works on all operating systems, and via a very special compression method manages to backup your up to 26GB hard drive into 300MB of data.

    Later on, I asked a friend who runs a school lab with those things. According to him, the thing simply hangs the computer once it has no space to store the session no more.

  • by Tower ( 37395 ) on Monday March 05, 2001 @06:35AM (#384605)
    The horribly poor writing on the site (worse than some of those badly translated tech manuals), it lists a bunch of things in the FAQ that are sort of worrysome... It will restore Linux, but not with instant recovery mode. Oh, yeah, and "DO NOT install other partition software or hardware that is not provided by MS-DOS FDISK." Sounds harsh. It also specifies a number of specific sizes for NTFS partitions (up to and including a whopping 2200MB)... If you are running NT (even WS), you generally have more disk space than that. If you aure using IDE, don't even think about having your CD-ROM on the same cable as your HD, or your CD-ROM won't show up?!

    Seems like an interesting product, but when your website could be grammar fixed by first graders... here are some good ones:

    "To memorize your supervisor password is very important."

    "Win-NT is for the NTFS file system. Please set the partition size as follows: 800MB, 900MB, 1100MB, 1300MB, 1600MB, 1800MB, 2100MB, 2200MB." Good thing they made NT, otherwise NTFS would have gone unused... or is it that NTFS is for Win-NT?

    "This colon mark is important to avoid abnormal marks appear in Windows device manager."


    --
  • by psicic ( 171000 )
    I mean it - screw the nit-picking about the grammer on the manufacturer's website. Feck the page that fails to mention 'die-hard geeks' as a potential market. This looks like a sweet deal.
    First off, it works in a 386. Brilliant. That means that my ol' 030 server from the early ninties can use it.
    It has a hardware boot menu and password! Like the reviewer, I've always been wary about the various software applications you can get to do this - especially since they each tend to want to control your MBR and end up deleting each other.(I usually end up running Lilo from a floppy rather than risk having the fixes for the 8Gb limitation of my bios overwritten). Also, I recently discovered the big dark secret behind writing such applications and I'm not impressed by the vast majority I've had a crack(--errr, I mean look 8) at.
    Also, family member recently did me the great favour of trying to install a firewall on my Athlon 750Mhz(of which he owns a stake; six months ago a 750Mhz machine was expensive) - and deleted the Partition Table in the process. I really could have used this card then as it took me the best part of a week to figure out the obvious problem 8(.
    I must say, however, that the limitation on disk sizes would, in my opinion, make the card more suitable for power-home users than large institutions with are bound to need more than a measly 2Gb a partition.
    In short, depending on pricing, this card definitely peaks my interest.
  • I've actually used (and tried - unsucesfully - to break) the HDD Sheriff [hdd-sheriff.com] and found it to be pretty impressive.
    Works fine under DOS, needs drivers for Win9x, WinNT and Win2k, not sure about other OS's.
    Basically, protect your system with it, fuck it up as much as you can (format the hard disk even) and reboot - voila! back where you were...
    -- kai

    Verbing Weirds Language.
  • Maybe this site was translated by a moonlighting Zero Wing translator. ALL YOUR BOOTS ARE BELONG TO US SOMEONE SET US UP THE VIRUS HA HA HA HA

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