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Old 09-11-2006, 19:02   #26
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I currently have 500GB in a Raid 1 config on my file server and soon I will have a Standalone NAS with 1.2TB for my files that will be primary use with a back up on my current server for critical stuff. Not to mention the 2 USB 320 GB's I store in the same and alternate everyother week with backups.

I'm transfereing to this NAS if your interested to get away from having to run multiple servers in the house. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822329006
Weel worth for future expandability in the house I feel.

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Old 06-23-2007, 00:57   #27
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Free back up program

http://www.simplyeng.com/
Will something like this automatically know which files to back up? I know I need to pick my own documents and pictures to keep, but what about other critical stuff, like the registry. Do any of these backup programs have a basic set of files they copy or is it all entirely up to the individual to know it all? I also want to backup my "Favorites" and my "Outlook" email addresses, but not sure where the address book is, or what format to use. Is there a good website that describes all this stuff? Thanks,
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Old 06-23-2007, 14:56   #28
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Will something like this automatically know which files to back up? I know I need to pick my own documents and pictures to keep, but what about other critical stuff, like the registry. Do any of these backup programs have a basic set of files they copy or is it all entirely up to the individual to know it all? I also want to backup my "Favorites" and my "Outlook" email addresses, but not sure where the address book is, or what format to use. Is there a good website that describes all this stuff? Thanks,
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Wow that was two years ago. I don't use Windows much anymore. Here is the webpage with info on the latest version.

http://simplyeng.com/seb/

Another fairly new free one is from Comodo. Some people don't care much for the looks of the interface but claim it works well. I haven't tried it but I use Comodo Anti-malware, antivirus and firewall. Their Anti-malware program is one of the best free protection for Windows.

http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html


http://www.backup.comodo.com/
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Old 06-28-2007, 19:21   #29
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Wow that was two years ago. I don't use Windows much anymore. Here is the webpage with info on the latest version.

http://simplyeng.com/seb/

Another fairly new free one is from Comodo. Some people don't care much for the looks of the interface but claim it works well. I haven't tried it but I use Comodo Anti-malware, antivirus and firewall. Their Anti-malware program is one of the best free protection for Windows.

http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html


http://www.backup.comodo.com/
Thanks a bunch Wash. I will have to give them a try.
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Old 09-24-2007, 16:59   #30
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I learned this lesson many years ago, to a much lesser degree, I had nothing overly important on the drive, but it was still a hassle! I had no backup of my information.

Today, I keep a external 500 Gig harddrive (USB) set aside to keep things I feel are important. All add-on programs (downloaded or otherwise) are stored there to quickly re-load my operating system, which I still do about every 6 months.

I back up this external drive everytime I make changes to the drive.

I do not know how best to protect the information you have stored/lost, sounds like VERY important work related stuff. You might want to consider some on-line storage spot for this type of stuff, on top of having it on an external harddrive stored in a fire resistant safe in your home or workplace! I would think with important documents like that, you would want to back them up daily, or at a minimum weekly!

Hope all turns out for you!
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:22   #31
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Unfortunately, most people rely on hard drives to work like they rely on their plumbing to work. Everything is sunshine and kittens, until they flush one day and stuff comes up instead of down...

I work tech support at college, and I have lost track of how many support tickets we have received that involve grad students losing their dissertations because they didn't back up two years of work and $45k tuition onto a freaking thumb drive. I learned from an early age not to trust anything that is stored magnetically on a disk that spins at 7800 RPMs. Laptops especially- one good drop and you're toast.

Even if you're cheap, go online and spend the $20 to get a decent 1 or 2 gig flash stick. That should be enough space for the essential office documents. Don't forget to back up your web browser profile, since you probably rely on those bookmarks more than you think. Google it to find out how, its usually as simple as copying a folder.
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Old 12-24-2007, 23:15   #32
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IVe heard that if you have a hard drive that seems to be toasted,,that you can get a external hard drive case and set it up at the computer,,put the hard drive in the freezer overnight and then stick it into the external drive.

Theory on this is that you can grab some of the important items before the drive over heats.

IVe never done it myself but I know a buddy who has and was able to get some very valuable photos back.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:22   #33
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IVe heard that if you have a hard drive that seems to be toasted,,that you can get a external hard drive case and set it up at the computer,,put the hard drive in the freezer overnight and then stick it into the external drive.

Theory on this is that you can grab some of the important items before the drive over heats.

IVe never done it myself but I know a buddy who has and was able to get some very valuable photos back.
Might help for mechanical failures. Won't help a bit if the media itself is damaged.
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Old 02-23-2008, 16:01   #34
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For the Mac Heads out there: If you're using Leopard, make sure you keep your own backup besides time machine. iMsafe is a great program for backups; it only updates data that's changed since last time
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:23   #35
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I lost some irreplaceable pics when my hd crashed a year and a half ago. That hurt more than the programs and stuff. It's a pita to dl and reinstall all that, but it sucks more to lose pics, mp3's, documents, etc.

I just backed my files up onto a 8gb jump drive yesterday. Eventually I'll outgrow that, but it'll do for now. I don't know how people have that much stuff on their comp that you fill up 120gb external hard drives.
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Old 04-19-2008, 21:14   #36
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I am pretty sure I want to get a back-up drive but I am not sure what to look for. My 35 GB drive on my Dell is about full and I just about had a system crash and I want to back it all up now.

So I am just curious on what brands to look for. I would like something that is simple and easy to back-up to. It doesn't have to be super-huge either, I am thinking 120-150 GB. Size is a concern but if I can get a good deal on something that is 120 GB I will get it. Thanks to any responses.



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Old 08-16-2008, 14:56   #37
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I have a 250gig Western digital passport drive. works like a charm I have lost nothing on the drive and i reaccomend western digital to anyone.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:17   #38
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It takes multiple means to be safe. I have RAID 1 on the computer, FOUR external hard drives that I rotate, monthly dumps to DVD, AND I use Carbonite.

My business in on that computer, I absoultely san NOT afford to loose my data files!!!


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Old 10-08-2008, 22:56   #39
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I'm kinda shocked that no one is using an online backup solution. USB drives are fine but what happens when your PC is taken out by lightning, fire or is stolen? Your backups are gone too. Gove some consideration to some of the offerings available. The one I use is http://www.mozy.com. THey have a free plan for the cheapskates. Data security is not a problem as your data is encryped in transit and wile stored at the vendor data center. You can choose your own encryption key to ensure that only you can ever read your data.

Plus if you are ever remote and need a file you can go online and "restore" your file to the PC you are on at the moment.


Take a look and give it some consideration. You will love it when you most need it.
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Old 02-01-2009, 20:01   #40
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I'm a noob to this whole backing up business but at this time I'm about halfway to having a well defended system.

This is like my 7th computer. I've been buying a new one every 2 or 3 years since my first, which did not have a hard drive. I've neglected maintenance on all of them.

For months this box had been whining. Last night it shut down. Drat! Again.
I went to bed and this afternoon I turned on the computer to see what would happen. It booted. Yeah!

So, I turned it off and went to Best Buy to get a can of compressed air and a mass storage unit.

After cleaning it I felt so proud that I went back and bought 2G of DDR1 RAM to upgrade it a bit.

So, now it's got 2 G ram, 512G of hard drive, and a backup storage unit, and is making no noise. Better than new. For now.

And, it's backed up.
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Old 03-28-2009, 17:26   #41
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I subscribe to Carbonite.com. For $55.00 per year they will back up your entire system and then continue to do so on a daily basis without you ever doing anything.

If you lose your data you just go online with your new or fixed computer and download all your files to your new system.

Cheap insurance.
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Old 03-28-2009, 18:27   #42
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I use poor man's backup (which works pretty nice, actually). A simple batch file scheduled to run once a day, creating incremental backup on an external disk using RAR archiver:

rar a -ao -ac -agYYYY-MM-DD -dh -hp1234567890 -k -m5 -r -t -ts -v1000000000b -ilogD:\backuplog.txt "Z:\Backup\Incremental .rar" "D:\Documents"

Before that, I tried numerous commercial products such as Genie-Soft and Veritas. Some of them did not work at all, some of them worked unreliably, some of them contained annoying bugs making them useless, and none of them worked as good as the simple one-line batch file I quoted above.
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Old 03-28-2009, 18:36   #43
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P.S. Another aspect of backup is data verification, which means making sure your files have not been modified by a hardware failure, a virus, or your mother-in-law. There is software that calculates the checksum of each file and warns you when a file has been modified or corrupted. The program I personally use is FastSum (http://www.fastsum.com).
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:31   #44
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It never ceases to amaze me how many people will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on PCs but they don't think what they produce on that PC is worth a couple of hundred dead Prez's to protect against catastrophic failure. Kinda like seeing a guy riding a $20,000 touring motorcycle and wearing a $29 K-Mart helmet.

Or having a Gun with no bullets?
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Old 05-28-2009, 21:51   #45
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Free versions of Acronis True Image

The best solution for me is to save entire images of my C: drive.

Always try to save your data on a HDD NOT containing your operating system. That is where damage to your data is likely to happen.

Programs that copy only the data you assign it to has always proved temperamental and undependable on my machines.

I have used various versions of Ghost with varying satisfaction, however, Acronis True Image is exceptionally easy to use and (so far) bulletproof. Acronis creates a small partition running Linix to save your Windows systems, so if there are virus or Malware problems with Windows, Acronis is unaffected to correct the problem. Acronis can also work from you optical drive if you can't get your damaged machine into Windows.

Although capable of saving data and your operating system on optical disk, the far superior method is to save images to an external HDD via USB or Firewire.

I see 1.5TB Symantec external HDD at Fry's for $130 now days. That is a great deal to store both data and complete images of your computer. I have a couple 500GB units and like them very well.

My best solution (which has saved my behind many a time) are the FREE versions of Acronis True Image, available from Symantec.com and known as DiskWizard or MaxBlast. You do have to have a Symantec or Maxtor drive somewhere on your system to operate this free software. If you double click on My Computer and a Maxtor or Symantec drive is listed anywhere, you can save images anywhere on the system. (Optical drives, external or internal HDDs of ANY manufacturer.)
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:09   #46
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I subscribe to Carbonite.com. For $55.00 per year they will back up your entire system and then continue to do so on a daily basis without you ever doing anything.

If you lose your data you just go online with your new or fixed computer and download all your files to your new system.

Cheap insurance.

I know this is an old thread. But i also subscribe to carbonite. I started doing it a few months ago. I just thought i'd mention that i've seen carbonite advertise christmas specials where you can get 3 year unlimited storage for like 100 bucks. 3 years! That's insane!

Good work.
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So I just thought i would add this. There is now a carbonite iPhone App. looks pretty sweet. I just downloaded it. Basically, you log into your account from the mobile device and you can access your backed up files(they are on carbonites servers), so you can just accessing a copy of the file. But, still...very sweet. access to any of your stuff from anywhere. great job carbonite!
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:09   #48
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Heh.. Who needs backups... Live on the edge!
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Old 11-12-2010, 15:43   #49
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I'm on Mac OS X, so I use Time Machine as my primary backup.

Once a month, I clone my entire hard drive (around 500 GB of stuff) to 2 different hard drives. One of those drives is stored off-site and the other in my fire safe.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:12   #50
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Yeah. I have tried losing all my data and it was so frustrating. I have learned my lesson and I have always makes it a habit to backup any important files.
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