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Backing Up – What Is The Most Reliable Method ?


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#1 SCOBAHCAN

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:54 PM

For backing up my computer. I would like to find out

What is the most reliable method of backing up a computer between an external hard drive or a Flash drive ?

Also does anyone know how reliable the make “TONE” is ?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 08:01 PM

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Please pass the eggnog and brandy!

Personally, I always put two hard drives in my systems
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 08:46 PM

I use multiple hard drives also, but I also make irregular backups with disk-imaging software...and save them on a hard drive which is not in regular use.

Any backup strategy that is effective in providing a copy of all that you deem important on a system...and is actually implemented by you...will be effective.

Lots of reading material available on the Web concerning such. Some links I have noted:

Backup Options - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/backup.htm

Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:20 PM

Backing up to a second hdd or flash drive is fine as long as you don't have a failure. I like to store my important files to CDs or DVDs. If you use good media and store it properly it will be there for years.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 12:42 AM

DC3 thats also what they said about the 5 1/4 floppies LOL!

I backup every night. Particuarly tonight since it is year end!

Then what about fire or theft?
Are you talking about a backup for that as well?
I guess it all depends on how much you trust the backup media and how long you want the data to last!

If you are talking about years worth of business and accounting records that certainly is a lot different from a normal backup!
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 01:38 AM

DC3 thats also what they said about the 5 1/4 floppies LOL!

I backup every night. Particuarly tonight since it is year end!

Then what about fire or theft?
Are you talking about a backup for that as well?
I guess it all depends on how much you trust the backup media and how long you want the data to last!

If you are talking about years worth of business and accounting records that certainly is a lot different from a normal backup!


You are comparing apples and oranges. The floppy was a magnetic media that could easily be damaged.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Library of Congress have a ongoing study of different types of CD and DVD media, the short story is that there is good media out there which when properly stored will last for a couple of decades. You can read the article here.

Edited by dc3, 01 January 2008 - 02:30 AM.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 02:43 AM

After a lot of testing and burning hundreds of dvd's I wouldn't put anything over 10 years for a lifetime, of course I haven't tested any taiyo yudens that were that old yet?

Memorex sure don't last but a few years, the ritek go5 mid code(maybe a year)

CD-R's with a little care seem longer lived.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 02:51 AM

The general consensus is that the media that the study is alluding to is Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 08:37 AM

there have been several studies, initial ones were ok, but with such new technology, longevity of the media can only be simulated or conjectured

the advanced aging tests done seem more appropriate

Our local regional power company had downgraded cd lifetime to 7-10 years for data backup, but they are being conservative, their tape records were similar, the problem is technology changes drastically in a decade, might as well transfer it to new every several years anyway.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 12:28 PM

Ideally one would use the newest technology to store information that should be a given.

This study that I supplied the link to by NIST and LOC used extreme conditions for their evaluations.

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