# 3 Windows 7 Backup and Restore using software (Rebit)
Rebit reminds us a bit the movie Total Recall and especially the Repet company, which offered everyone to clone their pets. In fact, the analogy is quite appropriate, insofar Rebit is actually something quite similar: this clone utility and archive your data on a specially dedicated to the backup disk. The software is supplied with the Replica external hard drive , but can also be purchased separately on site Rebit . For this article, Rebit granted a trial license allowing us to use his utility with other storage media, what we did with our Hitachi Portable Rugged.
The software installation is very simple: it is sufficient to choose a valid destination for backups. In our case, we already plugged the Rugged Portable on a USB 2.0 port; We therefore had to select it. Note that the target drive must be a local disk: Rebit should indeed protect the writing to be the one to be able to write and ensure data security.
During installation, the Rebit software checks if the destination disk is blank (since it must pass the read-only). If it contains data, it will be overwritten, but the utility still elegance to offer you to copy them to another location.
There you go ! The Rebit service starts operating immediately. Everything starts with the Information window above …
Rebit … then automatically creates an image of your system and keeps track of changes. All data is saved on the selected disk (in our case, the Hitachi Portable Rugged). This is readable at any time, but you can not edit the files.
The initial backup can take a lot of time, but rather in the background.
Due to its total lack of options, Rebit will automatically disqualify the eyes of professionals who constantly need to know what is happening. For individuals, by cons, this is an exceptional tool that does it all by itself: it even supports versioning. The restoration is simple: to access files, simply open a Windows Explorer window and browse the backup drive. The structure used is the same as your system drive, it is particularly easy to find your files, and drag and drop enough to restore them. Finally, if you run out of space on the storage media, Rebit will automatically overwrite the oldest backups to make room for the new.