Genie Timeline Reviews

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I've been trialling the latest version (Genie Timeline Professional 10), and must say that I am very impressed. I am using it as a Windows File History replacement, and use Macrium Reflect for nightly system images.

Michael

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Genie Timeline pretends to be the Apple Time Machine alternative for Windows ecosystem, but it falls short of it. The interface is not simple, and while not complicated it lacks the easy understanding and straightforward of the mentioned inspiration. It can be very slow even on the start up configuration, and definitely is very slow on backing up files, the CPU usage is high, it would be tolerable if the end backup would be safe and easily restored, but it seriously fails on that purpose! The Genie Disaster Recovery Bootable disk does not startup on UEFI systems, selecting a network drive is only possible if you know the exact path and is so slow that is impractical, using a usb external hard drive is a little better but still painfully slow on the actual restore of files taking several hours. I end it up with the computer all night On to restore 130 GB from a USB2 USB drive and it took about 7 hours, this gives a backup speed of a very slow 5 MB/s, I could not restore the complete OS and so I decided to end the use of Genie Timeline after restoring my personal files! It has some useful options like encryption and compression but it incredibly lacks in very important features, like backup integrity check or booting on Windows UEFI systems! In conclusion it's only useful in making a copy of personal files, but the free Windows File History is lot faster, uses lot less CPU and it's free, Genie Timeline fails in the essence of a real and safe system Backup!

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Try the NEW version!

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This is the old version, i've recently upgraded to Genie timeline 2012 great new features!
specially the metro user interface

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Rubbish support and buggy software

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Recently had a serious problem with win2008 SBS and Genie timeline, have been trying to resolve this problem (software was crashing in the middle of backup) for a weeks. Support from genie was terrible, we been chasing them every day...eventually, after month of silly games with genie we have moved to another backup solution.

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Genie Timeline

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I am having trouble with this and now have to change for something else. Stuff marked for backup is just not backuped.

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Not ready for Prime Time [as of 12/2013]

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As a back up, Genie Timeline, has many useful features. It's clean, easy to use and once installed and quick instructions selected, takes care of itself without additional user attention. I liked that, Set it and forget it.

Unfortunately, this nice program has a 'MAJOR' shortcoming, and 'must have', for a back up program to be considered, 'Ready for Prime Time', and that is, it does not synchronize backup's.

As a result, I do not recommend, till it does include a sync feature.

For an alternative, I've been test driving several other [Backup & Sync] programs, and ran across one named: Created Synchronicity, that looks promising; backs up and synchronizes. My only disappointment is, that it only offers 'incremental' , rather than 'differential' syn's, which are much less prone to errors. To overcome this shortcoming, I will admit, it does make fast 'mirror' backups with ease, and till I find something better [free or paid], I'll be using it to back up and synchronize my files. - 03Dec2013[XPsp2]
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