Thecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5543 times:
I bought a computer for 200 dollars at a garage sale. I have it hooked up wirelessly to my network. If I want to reformat my computer, I back everything up on there. I also use it as a server for mp3s and my web cams. Totally worth it
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3326 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5503 times:
I have also gone through the painful experience, eventhough my server has a 40GB back up tape. My instructions were to back up at least once a week,... I guess lazyness played a great role.
Since the defective HD contained nearly 2 months of work, I opted to send it to a company specialized in data recovery.
Big business !
You pay a (solid) fee in advance whatever the outcome.
Since it was negative, it became a double loss.
Now I back up on HD, on CD (all files in final form) and the often used work files are also on a Iomega Zip.
MYT332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9114 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5381 times:
Ok he means two DVD-R discs. They are different to a CD, so you can't just use your CD-RW burner to write to DVD-R discs. Like I said they hold a whole lot more than a CD but you'll need to buy the DVD-RW burner first.
It's probably the best option for the home user as it's fairly quick, cheap and you can also store these disks at another property incase your house burns down, ok well maybe that's a little bit extreme but its true. Data is very important to some people right?
As for Firewire, well it is just a bus type from apple. Since your a PC guy you're probably better off with USB2, it's basically the same. So i'm talking about getting a USB2 External Hard Drive yea. You can then copy all your files to that. This is how I back up files on my iMac, although I use a firewire Hard drive but anyway, you'd be better off with a DVD-RW for your pc IMHO.
I can envision you scratching your head at the moment saying "WTF?!" but it's not that comlicated. Just go buy a DVD-RW and get backing up.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21599 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5379 times:
First of all, it depends on the amount of data you actually need to back up regularly.
If it´s well below 700MB, DVDs would just be overkill.
One other point: DVDs do not have multi-session capability, so you can only burn one single session to each disk, even if you´re only using a few megabytes of data. With RWs it doesn´t matter all that much: You can erase and re-use them.
But a multi-session CD (RW) may often be more convenient than a DVD.
If you need larger amounts of data to be backed up, the primary alternatives would indeed be DVD (RW) or an external harddisk.
You´ll find external DVD burners and harddisks for both USB2 or FireWire.
Although nominally USB2 should be as fast or faster than FireWire, in practice FireWire is much faster than USB2 (USB has lots of overhead which drags the usable speed way down). And FireWire2 is twice as fast again.
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5351 times:
Well, if you only have a CD burner...
Pick up a pack of 15 700mb blank CDs, and spend some time backing your files up on as many of them as it takes. It's not the easiest, but probaby the safest. Remember, backup hardrives can fail as well.
Chrisdigo From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 181 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5307 times:
Two different and network connected computers with Windows and the sync software "SyncBack". You can schedule the sync when you want, what you want and how often you want. It's safe, quick and automated.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5277 times:
Fastest, easiest, constantly backed up, would be to mirror the drive in a RAID 1 configuration. RAID Level 1 provides redundancy by duplicating all data from one drive on another drive. This is done without any intervention on the user's part. It happens on each write cycle. The performance of a level 1 array is only slightly better than a single drive, but if either drive fails, no data is lost.
Next fastest method would be to another drive over your network. CD's and DVD's are acceptable, just slow.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21599 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5266 times:
JeffM: The performance of a level 1 array is only slightly better than a single drive
No, its write performance is significantly worse than that of a single disk, since data needs to be written to both redundant disks separately. Exception: A dedicated multi-channel RAID controller can do it transparently. But in a small system you generally won´t have one of these.
When you´re using a background backup process that´s "copying behind" while your system is idling anyway you´ll have some lag but no significant performance hit. There are backup software solutions which offer services like that. You´d still need a second harddisk, of course.
Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5256 times:
Here's what I do; maybe it will help or inspire someone over there.
Keep in mind: I'm a freelance consultant working mostly from my home computer, so my computer is worth a lot to me. Also, I'm heading a small, non for profit, private kindergarten, which also adds to the information I have to manage.
First of, it takes discipline. I regularly get rid of all useless files.
Second, I'm very organized. All my files are kept in their own folder. All files that I need for client A are kept in a folder "Client A". And when I'm sure that I won't have to work on this client until next year, I get rid of all useless files and I zip the others.
Third, I buy my software, no bootlegs here. Therefore, if my HD gives up on me, I'll have everything I need to re-install them. So I don't have to back the software up.
Fourth, I bought a 100 megs, USB driven IOMega zip drive. With 2 diskettes, it cost me under 200$CDN (160$ US). With all the discipline I put myself to, I can back-up all my important files on a 100 megs diskette. Backing up those files becomes a simple drag-and-drop operation and it takes 5-6 minutes. If ever I have additional needs, I'll simply split my files on two diskettes.
If ever my HD dies (which happened two years ago), yes I would lose a few things. First, I'd lost my personal emails. But, for all my business emails I use Lycos, which is much safer, hardware wise. I'd also lose some other files, such as recipes; I can live with those losts. I'd also lost some files related to some games I play, such as FS. Fine, I can live with that risk too. And so on. In my case, I don't think it's worth buying a 1000$ piece of hardware just to back-up recipe or FS related files.
And, also, re-installing everything will be a pain in the neck. But I figure losing your HD is already a pain, so it doesn't add that much to the initial pain.
In other words, for the cost of legally acquiring my software and 200$ worth of hardware, I'm pretty well covered. It's not perfect, but it is a cheap way of doing it, it forces some discipline on me and it's very easy and time efficient.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.