Backing up data - looking for automated solution for small network
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engrus  Identity Verified
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Mar 15, 2004

Dear Colleagues,

I do apologize for asking this question in case it was already discussed before, but I did not seem to manage to find the right thread.
I am looking for a right backing up solution for all my files and programs. Ideally I would like to have all my data automatically backed up on a removable CD and then any changes updated on a daily basis. I would also like this to be simultaneously done on a small network of several computers.

I would be very thankful if you could let me know what the best solution would be, what software you are using and could recommend for these purposes.

Thank you.

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Local time: 08:29
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Backup Mar 15, 2004


you should try to minimize your risks.

Use RAID systems against hardware drive errors (but !: If you have a problem with your server, it can be very problematic to get access to your RAID system from another computer)

Backup daily all changed data. This helps against deleted files. You can copy all changed files every day on another hard disk.

Use tape backups against fire, water ,,,. (Store the tapes (every day another tape) on a different location)

With kind regards


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Giuliana Buscaglione  Identity Verified
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I use external HDDs Mar 16, 2004


After trying backup tapes, I moved to external HDDs. I use Iomega software.

Once the HDD is recognized by the system (you'd need a USB 2.0 port), install the backup software.

I can choose what it has to be backed up and when: every x minutes, every x hour, every day, at certain week days or whenever something is changed in the "tracked" folders. (existing files are updated).

I prefer this solution, as the software does everything automatically and because I can plug / unplug the HDDs at any time.


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Sheila Hardie  Identity Verified
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External PocketDrive Mar 16, 2004

I also use an external hard disk - a LaCie FireWire and USB 2.0 40 Giga PocketDrive. It's ideal for me because I use a laptop and this device is easy to carry around - it only weighs about 300 g.


[Edited at 2004-03-16 08:21]

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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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Quick & dirty solution Mar 16, 2004

I had two computers at home with local disks and a network. I set up Microsoft's backup to automatically back up drive in computer A to computer B and the other way round (skipping the backup of the other computer to avoid a loop). Worked like a breeze. That was a poor man's RAID (or even distributed storage system).

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invguy  Identity Verified
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The cheapest way :) Mar 16, 2004

... would be to use CD-RW and Windows' own backup utility (if you're on PC).

If you limit backup to your work folders only, that would presumably be more than enough for a translator: a rewritable CD's capacity of 650 MB is roughly equal to 650 million characters.

Else, you can do the same with a DVD burner. A 4.7-Gig rewritable DVD blank disc costs less than 2 bucks, and a good DVD burner would be less than $ 200.

I normally work with large graphic files (I'm basically a graphic designer), so my current solution is RAID plus regular selective (manual) archiving to CD-R. Been contemplating to switch over to DVD, though... it's been getting more and more difficult to keep track of all those CD-Rs

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