I haven't found a use for hot swappable devices in most systems that I've worked on - plain old USB does the job whenever I've needed it.
I recently setup a system with Server 2003 that uses multiple USB drives for the backups - to include one that's to be stored off-site.
Since it's a backup that runs at a pre-determined time you'll have a good idea when the backup should complete - so speed doesn't seem to be an issue.
Then, you can just "Safely Remove Hardware" to remove the drive and transport it to another location.
FWIW - I gave up on this at my wife's office a couple of years ago. I now use pcAnywhere to backup the work system from my home computer (actually, I backup the backup that's stored on a second computer in the office). Once setup with the proper port forwarding, Scheduled Tasks, and backup software I don't even notice that it's running and have to remind myself to check the backups periodically (just schedule a task to remind me to do that!). In case the external IP address changes, I'm notified of that change by an IP monitoring program that emails me when it changes.
Then there's no need to lug anything around - and that backup is saved in an off-site location in case the building goes up in flames.
Edited by usasma, 24 February 2009 - 08:40 AM.
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