CMS BounceBack Ultimate review

Speedy backup that doubles as a portable hard drive

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Our Verdict

An original solution to the problem of creating an easy to use back-up without the hassle of traditional means. Also, the fact it's dual purpose adds to the appeal


  • Great speed
  • Good back-up software
  • Nice it doubles as an external HDD

Backup software is only a short way behind antivirus security software in terms of the least sexy parts of the IT industry… Is any part of the IT industry sexy? Anyways, CMS Products has come up with BounceBack Ultimate, a backup product that is – mildly attractive.

Unlike other back-up software that creates a ghost image of the drive to extract and restore at a later date, BounceBack does a full system backup to an external drive. This means, in times of crisis, you can boot directly from the drive.

As an added bonus you can also explore the back-up on any machine whether or not BounceBack is installed, making it simple to grab files that might otherwise be lost. Because of this it's also an ongoing process, that you can just have updating in the background.

During day-to-day use you can leave it plugged in and it will add on the files that you've changed at set intervals. Should your machine take a nose-dive at any point then you can simply boot from the backup and restore from a more recent setup than your average ghost.

It's a speedy process too, on our test-bench it backed up our system at 1GB/min and runs at around the same speeds restoring things. With a 150GB external drive included in the £116 price it's not bad when you consider the software alone is £75.

There's a £35 Lite version that has the same basic back-up functionality but lacks some of the more advanced, IT Admin extras, but is worth a look if you have a spare drive.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSoftware
Software Main TypeBackup & Recovery
Brand NameCMS Products
Software Sub TypeBackup & Recovery
Licence PricingStandard
Licence TypeComplete Product
Platform SupportedPC
Operating System SupportedWindows
  • BounceBack Ultimate offers users its exciting "Instant PC Recovery" to restart their Windows-based PC via the USB connection to an external hard disk, thereby freeing users from the worry of their system's hard drive failing. Additionally, BounceBack Ultimate delivers super secure file-level AES 256-bit encryption for additional peace of mind.
  • BounceBack Ultimate offers an easy-to-use format with support for Windows XP and Vista. Features propelling BounceBack Ultimate to the pinnacle of data recovery include continuous data protection (CDP), application throttling, Quick Restore and true open file backup support.
  • AES-128
  • AES-256
Licence Quantity1 User
ManufacturerCMS Products, Inc
Product NameBounceBack Ultimate
Package TypeRetail
Software NameBounceBack Ultimate
Manufacturer Part NumberBBCD-ULT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

BounceBack Ultimate with "Instant PC Recovery" is the first commercially-available software product that enables computer users to instantly recover their PC following a hard drive "crash." Allowing users to continue working with no data loss from their external USB-connected hard drive, BounceBack Ultimate provides the opportunity to recover or replace the internal system drive at a convenient time, with no panic or worry about downtime.