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Small Business Computer Back Up Suggestions?


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#1 sarahg1480

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 10:21 AM

We are a small business with 2 computers.

Currently we back up both our computers to Idrive. We are on the edge of upgrading our account. We pay for 50.00 GB now and it's almost full. I was told if we up that the back up retrieval time can be 6-8 weeks if our systems were to crash.

 

Can anyone suggest an alternative back up system? Or give us a direction to go?



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 04:07 PM

If I had a small business of any sort...I would backup manually each week, using a program akin to Macrium reflect.  The most important thing would be to understand how to quickly re-establish a working system, in the event of catastrophe.

 

I don't believe in storing anything of value online, just a personal quirk.  It seems absurd to me that I should ever trust someone that I've never met...with data I consider valuable/essential...when I can store it with greater piece of mind myself at a secure offsite location.

 

They sell multi-TB hard drives for less than $100 these days...it seems absurd to pay anyone to store 50GB or so of data when that 20 times that amount can fit on a 1TB hard drive which can stored in a safety deposit box or some such.  Readily accessible when needed.

 

Another possible storage location (IMO) would be your accountant, assuming that you keep books, pay taxes, etc.

 

There are alternatives that fit...whatever it is that you may desire.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 08 November 2015 - 03:35 PM.


#3 ranchhand_

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:33 PM

+1 with Hamluis;  I suggest 2 dual docking stations and daily backups to each; one backup HDD stays on location, and the other goes home with you every night. I have been using Macrium Reflect for a couple of years and done numerous restores with great results.

The first one off the top is what I use and have set up for homeowners with no problems.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=orico&N=-1&isNodeId=1


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#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:42 PM

+1 with Ranchhand

 

It has to be two copies - one on site, one elsewhere. The technology you use is less important than that you use it and that you have checked that whatever back-up system you decide to use you test to make sure that it DOES work as a back-up. In other word that you can restore a functioning data set in the event of an emergency.

 

The example I have quoted more than once is that of a medium sized haulage company I used to work for. A fire one night destroyed their main warehouse and head office complex. They lost somewhere between 12 and 18 hours control of their fleet - the time it took to get temporary accommodation on site and equip it with the necessary office fittings - the coffee maker, the computers, the telephones, etc.. They lost no permanent business, and were back up running so quickly, because of external back-ups.

 

If you only have one copy in a drawer in the office and the office goes up in flames you might as well not have bothered.

 

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