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Back your data up folks!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Sinister Angel, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. What software do you use to "mirror" the entire internal HD to the external HD?
  2. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox

    I think you are referring to an image.

    I used Dantz Retrospect. It came with my Western Digital ext drive.


  3. Jtemple

    Jtemple Geek

    Jan 13, 2002
    I use Norton Ghost to image the OS partitions on my 4 computers.

    I have a 250 gig drive that I cart around with me full of music, software, etc. I use an XCopy bat that I wrote to scatter that data around on 3 other drives.
  4. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    I have a coworker who's a professional photographer that had his external hard drive go bad. I cost him somewhere in the neighborhood of $3K just to get his pics back. He had not choice as he had a couple weddings etc. that people had paid for. He now has dual external hard drives as back up. This whole mess cost him over $6k when it was said and done.
  5. nikegolf13

    nikegolf13 bumpy knuckles

    Sep 11, 2004
    Toledo, Ohio
    I have an older 50gig external that I back all my pictures and music up on, along with burning a lot of it to CDRs. I feel somewhat more secure knowing that it's on the external. Although, the thing does get to making some real wild clicks and snaps sometimes! ;a
  6. DragonRider


    Jun 6, 2002
    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.
    Weel worth for future expandability in the house I feel.

  7. oldironman


    Mar 21, 2006
    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,
  8. Wow that was two years ago. I don't use Windows much anymore. Here is the webpage with info on the latest version.

    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.
  9. oldironman


    Mar 21, 2006
    Thanks a bunch Wash. I will have to give them a try.
  10. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Silvrst8hlstr

    Jun 20, 2001
    Dayton, NV
    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!
  11. d3athp3nguin


    Aug 7, 2007
    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.
  12. blackopsglock

    blackopsglock smckma

    Oct 6, 2002
    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.
  13. djf


    Jan 20, 2003
    Might help for mechanical failures. Won't help a bit if the media itself is damaged.
  14. mudder

    mudder 2nd or Bust

    Aug 9, 2007
    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
  15. ClydeG19


    Oct 5, 2001
    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.
  16. andybob

    andybob Do Work

    Feb 27, 2008
    In the shadows.
    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.

  17. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
    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.
  18. 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!!!

  19. jb7706


    Mar 1, 2008
    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 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.
  20. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Lewisville, TX USA
    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.