Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7427 posts, RR: 63 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
Many moons ago, I posted about needed to create backups on my computer.
I never did and since, my computer has basically been shut down(since I use the computer at work)
Anyhoo, I first got the computer without a DVD drive and only with a CD-RW.
In the following link, I was going to opt for one of the first two storage devices listed. Either single or double layer DVD, but I am not clear what their differences are and would they require special DVDs?
I figure a DVD drive would be good for back ups but I am also considering an external drive.
MrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 920 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
Hmm...the presence of the Lite-On LTR52327S makes me suspect of this list instantly.
I've owned that particular drive for a year now, and in all honesty, I haven't burned more than 30 CDs, and the drive is already well into its failure mode.
Unless you have multiple computers or no room/power to upgrade, stay the hell away from external drives...they are way too expensive.
Personally, I would go for the double-layer DVD drive...in addition to writing standard DVD formats, you can also burn the new double layer DVDs. In terms of manfacturers, go for a drive from Plextor or LG...they seem to be the most reliable of any burner out there.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
Forget disks, if you have to backup any volume. External hard drives are dirt cheap. Get a good name brand, like Western Digital, or Maxtor, connectable by USB 2.0. That way you have the additional advantage that you can plug it into any PC without any need for drivers. Expect to pay less than $1 per gigabyte (I remeber paying $200 for a 10 MB drive! )
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
I have a LaCie myself - one of them "Porche-design" drives with 250 GB. That thing sure is useful, but the noise it makes sure makes me worry. It wirrs and purrs constantly. Last week I bought a Western Digital external drive for my father, and it seems to work a lot better, quieter and cooler. Lacie seems to be the cheapest on the market, and it shows, I'm afraid. But the Western Digitals were not that much more expensive. I would stay away from the Lacie, and spend the extra $20 for the WD.
As for DVD, absolutely go for dual layer writing capability. I would also recommend this new "Lightscribe" capability which allows you to print text and graphics directly onto the DVD in the drive (no more sticking labels). That's a Hewlett Packard exclusivity, I think. I got an HP 640e external DVD writer with Lightscribe, and it works great, and pretty cheap.
LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1860 times:
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 5): As for DVD, absolutely go for dual layer writing capability. I would also recommend this new "Lightscribe" capability which allows you to print text and graphics directly onto the DVD in the drive (no more sticking labels). That's a Hewlett Packard exclusivity, I think. I got an HP 640e external DVD writer with Lightscribe, and it works great, and pretty cheap.
It is HP AFAIK but the thing is the discs arent exactly cheap in large amounts. The Verbatim or Memorex discs I havent even seen in like 25 or 50 packs just 5-10 packs and expensive compared to the normal sales of 50 packs for $7-8USD.
BTW: Good luck finding dual layer discs in a store hehehe
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 8): Its probably that blue ray will be here before we even see dual layer discs in your local Office Depot.
At my local store, we have about 15 different single-layer DVD-R and +R brands, and 3 different Dual-Layer DVD-R brands.
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 8): Not significant from what I can see if your burning the average DVD movie from your local Blockbuster but nonetheless alot of drives burn +Rs faster than -R.
The difference is that the DVD-R standard is the "official" standard, approved by all the manufacturers. But several years later, as it became obvious that there were problems with the DVD-R format, most manufacturers adopted the DVD+R format, which is more compatable with more hardware.
With DVD-R, I've made DVD's that were unreadable, even on the reader on which they were created! Never had that problem with DVD+R.
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1770 times:
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 11): last thoughts, as an aside, recommended USB flash drives (128 to 512, Im open) : Jogr? Sandisk Cruzer? Sandisk titanium? Sandisk got some pretty shitty reviews! Let me know,. thanks
Its also convenient if you have one of their outlets 25 minutes away from you with the warehouse in back that they use to ship out to the rest of the world. What does this mean? a Samsung DVD-+RW drive for $45 instantly in your hands without no shipping charges. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ategory/category_slc.asp?CatId=89& Such as this. Mirrodie, just fork over $50 with shipping (no tax for you either) and get yourself a DVD burner...you cant lose.
BTW, I built at least 2 computers in the last month from pieces bought at TD all for less than $300 a pop with similar specs that will cost you around $800 at a retail store.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1678 times:
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 16): question- I had about 7.4 Gb of stuff to back up. It took somewhere between 30-50 minutes. Is that about right? Just seemed long. Also, I did that backup ONLY with the Firewire hooked up.
I just ran a test on my LaCie 250 GB drive, and using the USB 2.0 port it transfers at a rate of about 1.3 GB per minute. Your backup should have taken around 5 minutes. Try the USB port, and see if it is faster. Otherwise, I would guess something is slowing you down somewhere.
Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7427 posts, RR: 63 Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1655 times:
I thought about defragging but the 'degrag analysis' that win xp does says its not needed at the moment and also, it was defragged about 2 months ago.
not sure what is slowing me down, but the back up seemed long and just to get fs9 running seems to take forever. I suspect fs9 is slowing down the whole computer, even if its not running. Is that possible.
adware and virus scans are clean.
*scratching my head"* but thanking you all for your counsel.
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Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
The FireWire adapter in either your harddisk or in your computer is probably to blame if it´s that slow. Other reasons could be an extremely large number of small files (which generates a lot of overhead) or some bad settings in your operating system.
Dan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1623 times:
I do my backups with a 180GB WD HD, that I bought a USB 2.0 enclosure for. I started beta testing Windows OneCare (the Norton of MS), and the damn thing wont let me back up to HD, only DVD or CD (by design, im hoping RTM will include it). But the HDD+Enclosure is cheaper than an external HDD. Cool thing is, MS sent me 2 blank double layer discs with the OneCare beta package. But for backup software, I definately reccomend Acronis products, they let you backup and restore from any platform and media out there, I backed up an entire laptop to a network drive, ploped in a new HDD and restored the image from the network, before installing Windows.
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