Retrospect
Retrospect 11.0.1.110
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Retrospect is the most trusted name in Mac backup and recovery, with more than two decades of field-tested expertise - protecting Macs and Windows PCs and servers worldwide from data loss due to user error, computer failure or site-wide disasters such as fire, theft or flood.

Features:
  • Protect servers, business-critical applications, desktops and notebooks with a single, easy to use product.
  • Manage multiple backup servers remotely from a single screen, easing management for larger installations.
  • New! Back up to and
What's New
Version 11.0.1.110:

Engine - Fixes

  • Move more block level incremental backup logging into debug logging (#4494)
  • Restore issue for file with block level incremental backup enabled on two members with first marked missing (#4552)
  • Restore issue from a backup with no file changes transferred set with block level incremental backup enabled (#4357)
  • Copy backup script failure with recycle enabled for source and destination (#4557)
  • Restore of the 32nd block level incremental backup of a file fails if it is unchanged since the prior (31st) backup (#4499)
  • Restore issue with block level incremental backup set after rebuild (#4558)
  • Memory leak during grooming (#4527)
  • Compare issue with thorough verify during block level incremental backup of local NTFS files with OBJECT_ID stream (#4497)
  • Cosmetic issue in log where it shows negative files for block level incremental backup under certain circumstances (#4508)
  • Restore issue with ACLs on root volume (#4589)
Console - Fixes
  • More intermittent cases of Past Backups not refreshing (#4592)
  • Past Backups view still showed removed backups (#4476)
  • Past Backups view did not show retrieved backups (#4512)
  • Dashboard information was not accurate on OS X 10.9 on Japanese under certain circumstances (#4368)
  • Dashboard "Sources" translation corrected in French (#4567)
  • Dashboard no longer flashes OK button after engine upgrade (#4431)

Version 11.0.1.110:

Engine - Fixes

  • Move more block level incremental backup logging into debug logging (#4494)
  • Restore issue for file with block level incremental backup enabled on two members with first marked missing (#4552)
  • Restore issue from a backup with no file changes transferred set with block level incremental backup enabled more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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Retrospect User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 11.x:
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Hermie reviewed on 28 Mar 2014
Works as advertised for *moi*. Minus one star for not sticking with the Instant Scan Off settings (done in the Retrospect Pref Pane nowadays) after updates.

Nota Bene: I know there have been problems with the Instant Scan feature, but I have it switched off anyway because it doesn't fit with my work flow.
[Version 11.0.1.110]


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jol9904 reviewed on 05 Mar 2014
as a user until version 8, I strongly recommend to avoid using retrospect above version 8.

For those looking for an alternative, I chose bacula.org :
- designed for tape backup but usable with files/disks
- client available for linux/macos/windows (macport client available)
- server available for linux/macos , reported to work on windows
- free and open-source
- very customizable but hard to configure
- once properly configured, forget it and use the web ui for restorations / unscheduled backups
- fast incrementals, reasonable fulls, fast restores (using disks)
- commercial version available with some plugins like incremental vmware/outlook/database backups etc. (i don't use it)
[Version 11.0.0.194]

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Hermie replied on 28 Mar 2014
If you haven't used Retrospect above version 8 then why are you giving it a half a star rating? The setup of the app has completely changed since then.
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jol9904 replied on 28 Mar 2014
hermie : i didn't say i didn't try Retrospect above version 8.
I stopped using it after several trial periods of different versions above 9
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+9

signalprocessor reviewed on 07 Jan 2014
After Time Machine's been acting up since 10.9, I thought it would be a good idea to check out Retrospect again. Retrospect used to be a trusted, well-rounded backup solution for power users. It has a lot of great features Time Machine lacks, including advertised support for de-duplication, support for Linux and Windows clients, data verification, and powerful scheduling features.

After four days with it, here's what I can say about it:

- Holy hell

- The client's "instant scan" feature takes 50% CPU, constantly, for four days continuously, and had to be disabled via the command line

- The client chewed up almost 1GB of memory

- Clients that weren't added to a backup set reported they were backed up successfully even if they never were- not even a byte

- De-duplication doesn't work at all. I had two clients with 200GB of the same iPhoto folder. Both clients using the same Media Set, the images were copied twice. (Actually, the resulting backup was about 1.5x the size of both clients)

- Even though many clients were on the same network segment, Retrospect could only locate some of them. The rest had to be added manually

- Just the scan before a backup starts took over 2 hours per client- this is before any data is even copied!

- It's expensive. Good software is worth the money- especially for something critical like backup. Unfortunately, it's not remotely worth it.

I hate leaving negative reviews, but Retrospect stinks of abandon-ware, likely on life support until it can be sold to yet another company or put to bed for good.
[Version 10.5.0.145]

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+63
Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 02 Feb 2014
As a previous user of Retrospect when it was the only game in town, I appreciate your assessment. Every now and then, I, too, get the urge to wonder if the latest version is an improvement over the languished versions that came out in recent years, or just an old dog with fleas. I think you nailed it: give it a bone and let it rest in peace.
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4KarmicJustice replied on 04 Mar 2014
What Bowlerboy_jmb said. :) Thanks for the effort and the report. Saved me a lot of time.
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Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 04 Mar 2014
I find the "Known Issues" section of Version 11.0.0.194 not only alarmingly honest (which should be respected) but also frightening dismaying. Perhaps the most succinct that can be said about Retrospect might be:

Engine unreliable and we can't fix it. Console finicky and unresponsive to medication.

Workaround: Use something else to backup your data.
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Jweisbin reviewed on 12 Jul 2013
I need tape backup and that's the only reason I use Retrospect. This program has tortured me for years. A backup program that's been plagued with serious bugs from day one. It's shameful.

Current version 10.2:

email notifications still broken
randomly loses ability to connect to clients
media sets say they are "in use" when they are not
RetroISA uses more than 100% if CPU and has to be disabled via command line on clients (no other way)
randomly, some folders get backed up multiple times with no de-duplication, which runs quickly through tapes
[Version 10.2.0.201]

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+97
Thresher-The-Shark replied on 20 Sep 2013
For an alternative Mac backup solution with tape support you may want to look at TOLIS Group's BRU Server if you haven't already.
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+72
Jjpong commented on 11 Jul 2013
They can charge whatever they want. But $479? I'm shocked. I paid $49.99 for this backup application or something some 13 years ago.
[Version 10.2.0.201]

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+5
S.-R. replied on 14 Nov 2013
You're comparing the cheap-o Retrospect Desktop with one of the Server versions. Of course the latter costs more — it always has.
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+162
Donmontalvo commented on 12 Dec 2012
Can someone save me the trouble...does/can Retrospect 10 back up the Mac when no user is logged in? I mean, including all /Users folders?
[Version 10.0.1.105]

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+140
Ean replied on 12 Dec 2012
Retrospect 10 can't back up and _restore_ even when a user is logged in, so no. Unless you are backing up to vintage tape machines there is no need to suffer through this particular abomination.
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+162
Donmontalvo replied on 12 Dec 2012
LOLOLOL...I share your thoughts. :)

But I havea client asking if it's worth a look. I won't waste my time with it, hoping someone else has.

Don
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+6
Jon Rasmussen replied on 27 Mar 2013
Yes. I do it every day. It works extremely well.
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+6

+83

CFrag reviewed on 24 Jul 2012
Retrospect used to be *the* backup software. Back when I used to backup to tape (and SCSI-Terminator Voodoo was part of the game), perhaps with an Iomega or TEAC tape drive. I just came back to see how it had evolved because I am looking for a better way to back up the mountain of image data accumulating on the server.

Ugh. It seems Retrospect has not aged well. Or rather, it has not progressed much from when I used it. It may be that Retrospect is not aimed at small businesses. Or that the kind of backups I use now is not within Retrospect's core solution (for example, I have no high security requirements for my backups).

In any event, it seems that I get better results (i.e. not having to mess with proprietary archive formats) using a combination of Time Machine, and simple mirroring to a remote RAID. YMMV.
[Version 9.0.2.107]


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+42
Peternsteinmetz commented on 06 Jun 2012
Backing up to a proprietary format with an awful GUI - NO THANKS. I just barely managed to recover my backups from retrospect a few years ago and will not be going back.
[Version 9.0.2.107]


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+250
Jimblue commented on 23 May 2012
isn't it funny how the once #1 and best backup software for years and years for the mac can so quickly fall by the wayside? i guess it just go to show once you are #1, you need to keep working very hard so that another company doesn't quietly come up behind you and make better software. never rest on your laurels -- never become complacent.

this software may be back to being great again, but they lost me many years back. there's yet another thing for #1 companies to learn: once you lose somebody he might not ever look back.

for old time's sake, i wish they reclaim their former glory.
[Version 9.0.2.107]

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Jon Rasmussen replied on 27 Mar 2013
I struggled with Retrospect from the time the were #1 to their purchases by EMC and Roxio. EMC almost killed them. I was hopeful that Roxio would be better but no. Now that they are on their own again they are doing well. They care about their customers they have updated their software numerous times in the past year. The options they have are very good. I'm now happy with them again and encourage others to invest in it. They will have to learn new ways of backing up because things have changed since they were backing up to tape 20 years ago.

Look at them seriously again.
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+65

Islandmacman reviewed on 23 Apr 2012
Bit the bullet, bought the upgrade and upgraded servers, desktops, the whole nine yards....

It works ok - the issue I sometimes see is a freeze during restores. A force quit and relaunch resolves it, but it just seems flaky at times.

With all the force quitting I've been doing, the app never lost settings or users. Is that a good thing? lol

But when it works, it works well. Not bad for the money.
[Version 9.0.0 ]


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gyawitz had trouble on 11 Jul 2007
I was VERY down on Retrospect with constant kernel panics and freeze ups after the latest OS update.

I tried everything to no avail and then I figured it out.

If you have an Intel Mac and this sounds familiar go to library/preferences/retrospect and remove all the files named devicexx.rdi. I had 15 of them. Put in the latest driver update and then restart.

As soon as I did that Shazam it works like a charm and I am back in business.
[Version 6.1.11.101]


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makai had trouble on 27 Aug 2006
As I've found out the hard way, Retrospect had never backup up a couple of files on which -- for whatever reasons -- the Other privilege was set to No Access. I changed this permission flag to Read, and voila, on the next backup they got saved as well. I double-checked it's running as root, so it *should* backup items regardless of permission.
[Version 6.1.7.101]


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+37
mischivo had trouble on 17 Dec 2005
Why does THIS crash every time I attempt to open it, and why does the original full version that came with my Maxtor OneTouch II also crash when I attempt to open it? This blows :-( for me.
[Version 6.1.2.102]

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phripley commented on 18 Jan 2006
Perhaps it is because you are running Tiger (MacOSX 10.4) and the version that you are using does not work with Tiger.
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maki459 commented on 02 Feb 2006
I have Retrospect 6.1.126 with Driver version 6.1.3.101 and I'm also crashing all over the place and having errors.

According to the Dantz website, I have the latest versions. Is this not compatible with OS 10.4.4? I can't seemd to find any solutions.

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Chuckwagen rated on 23 May 2012

[Version 9.0.2.107]


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Version Downloads:211
Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Demo
Date:28 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $479.00
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Retrospect is the most trusted name in Mac backup and recovery, with more than two decades of field-tested expertise - protecting Macs and Windows PCs and servers worldwide from data loss due to user error, computer failure or site-wide disasters such as fire, theft or flood.

Features:
  • Protect servers, business-critical applications, desktops and notebooks with a single, easy to use product.
  • Manage multiple backup servers remotely from a single screen, easing management for larger installations.
  • New! Back up to and restore from offsite cloud storage. Use powerful filtering rules to allow complete local backups, while ensuring only critical data gets copied to the cloud.
  • Back up Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and NetWare computers with a Mac host computer.
  • Ensure the security of your data with the highest level of government standard 128- or 256-bit AES encryption and new enhanced link encryption technology.
  • Monitor backups on-the-fly with free iPhone app and new Growl notifications.


  • Editions:

    Retrospect 10 Multi Server ($1,669.00)
    Protects any number of networked Windows, Mac, and Linux servers, desktops, and notebooks from a single host computer running Retrospect. Supports disk and tape storage devices.

    Retrospect 10 Single Server Unlimited Clients ($809.00)
    Protects one server and any number of networked Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops and notebooks from a single host computer running Retrospect. Additional server client licenses can be purchased to protect more networked Windows, Mac, or Linux servers. Supports disk and tape storage devices.

    Retrospect 10 Single Server 20 Clients ($479.00 for basic product, $609.00 with annual support and maintenance)
    PProtects one server and up to 20 networked Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops and notebooks from a single host computer running Retrospect. Additional Retrospect Client and server client licenses can be purchased to protect more systems. Supports disk and tape storage devices.

    Retrospect 10 Desktop 5-Client ($129.00 for base product, $249.00 with annual support and maintenance)
    Protects a single non-server Mac and up to five additional Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops and notebooks.


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