Rewind 1.1 full review

Power On Software’s Rewind – a utility that promises to undo changes you’ve made to your Mac by sending the state of your Mac’s hard drive “back in time” – should serve as an object lesson on how not to release a piece of software. The Rewind demo generated a deafening buzz at July 2000’s Macworld Expo New York. And then Power On released Rewind 1.0, a program so buggy that a subsequent update appeared to be designed only to disable Rewind’s most unstable components. The latest version, 1.1, delivers much of what the program promises, but some problems remain. The theory behind Rewind is easy to grasp. It tracks changes you make to your hard drive – software installations, changes to the System Folder, and the trashing of items, among other things – and stores data related to these actions in a hidden database. If you do something you’re unhappy with – you download a virus, for example – you can command Rewind to return your Mac to the state it was in before you initiated that action. If you’ve done something so destructive that you can’t boot from your hard drive, Rewind lets you start your Mac from Emergency Disk – a hidden, user-configurable partition that contains a System Folder and diagnostic utilities.
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