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    I have tried a few methods for my computers over the years. I have done the remote site thing, copying files to a USB flash device, to DVD (what a time consuming activity), and so forth. Yesterday I wandered in to the local Best Buy (an hour drive, but still local if one is in the country) and looked at portable hard drives.

    I looked over the USB powered drives, typically small in size and not too fast, and over the larger hard drives that are powered by an external power source. I spoke with 2 sales persons (politically correct?) and digested their differing advise. I ended up with a 500gb Western Digital external hard drive. Got it home, installed it in about 2 minutes, reset the computer and then selected the files I wanted it to automagically back up.

    Do you back up your laptop/desktop also? If so, a bit on what you do.

    Thanks.

    Ben
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    Typically I either have a second physical drive or partition if I have only one. There is usually where I keep any backups of things I need. Additionally I have done the DVD route but have been let down by that method. CRC errors really bite my ***!

    Right now I am in the process of determining the efficacy of SD cards. I found an SD card case for $4 over at X-treme Geek's website that holds up to 20 cards.

    That idea is rather appealing to me primarily based on size (whereas a DVD takes up much more space and is heavier).

    So far though, my best bet for keeping data and having minimal problems retrieving it, is to keep it on a physically separate hard drive formatted as FAT32 (that way Linux will read it automatically).
    Last edited by DL.Cummings; 04/24/2008 at 02:18 PM. Reason: word adjustment
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    Quote Originally Posted by bclinger View Post
    Do you back up your laptop/desktop also? If so, a bit on what you do.
    Ben
    I have a couple of computers... windows (win 2k, xp, vista), linux (ubuntu 7.5), and mac (OS X)...

    I don't backup my linux or mac computers... they are more or less "fun" computers... testing, etc.... (trying to download Ubuntu 8 right now!!!)

    Anyway, my current setup (right now, it changes) uses:

    1) Windows Home Server to backup nightly

    2) Acronis True Backup for weekly backup to Hard drives

    3) I currently have about 5 external hard drives in rotation at three different locations: Atlanta, spartanburg, and Columbia. I'll drop the atlanta backup at least once a quarter... columbia once a month, and spartanburg once a week.

    5 workout to: 1 Atl, 1 spart, 1 colum, 1 at home, and 1 spare (normally a backup in the car).

    4) I also use Microsoft's sync toy beta 2.0 to sync my desktop and laptop... both have the exact same programs installed... fairly cool to be working on one and switch to the other and not miss a beat.

    Microsoft's new announcement might have me alter my backup plans:

    http://www.mesh.com

    This could be big... we will have to see how it turns out....

    windows home server is a great device... it has some flack since it was reported to corrupt files if you work on them from the server (for example, shared quicken file with two computers). Fortunately for me, I use it as a backup and file storage server. For the record, I do give MS a hard time about the corruption in their forums.. lol... but it is not that serious to me... they should have it fixed in June.

    For backups and file storage and remote access, windows home server can't be beat.... easy to install, manage, and operate... put away someplace and you don't have to toy with it... great workhorse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    4) I also use Microsoft's sync toy beta 2.0 to sync my desktop and laptop... both have the exact same programs installed... fairly cool to be working on one and switch to the other and not miss a beat.
    That does sound pretty slick.
    No problem should ever be solved twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL.Cummings View Post
    That does sound pretty slick.
    Yea, it even syncs the browser favorites.... lol... I really never miss a beat.
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    I've also looked into something like THIS. My primary goal is to be able to back up (WinXP unless otherwise noted):
    • Wife PC & laptop
    • My PC & work laptop
    • My play laptop (Ubuntu)
    • Play PC (Ubuntu/Fedora Core)
    Unfortunately I haven't been very studious in keeping up with technology, so I am not sure if this is the best route. Essentially I want to keep ALL of our data on a separate device that is accessible by all. And easily transferable.

    In the future I've considered having a PC for the TV as well. Then music and various media (NetFlix, DVDs, etc) could be played from a single source--this of course would need access.
    No problem should ever be solved twice.

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    I have a WD external I bought from Tiger Direct 2 yrs ago.
    I use Windows OneCare to back up my files. I do it once a week.

    I have 3 laptops, mine, my wife's and an old one connected to my printer.

    Windows OneCare, in addition giving you anti virus, anti spam, tune up etc, allows you to insatll the app on 3 computers for a total of $49/yr.

    Here's the bonus: Recenlty they added a feature that allows you to network your 3 laptops and facilitates wireless printing through your wifi set up. It work so simple and all of sudden just appeared a new feature.

    I believe Windows OneCare also allows wirelessly backing up your files but I haven't attempted that yet.

    Good Luck
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    Here's the bonus: Recenlty they added a feature that allows you to network your 3 laptops and facilitates wireless printing through your wifi set up. It work so simple and all of sudden just appeared a new feature.
    You did not need onecare for that... you could have done that yourself in about 15 to 20 minutes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DL.Cummings View Post
    I've also looked into something like THIS. My primary goal is to be able to back up (WinXP unless otherwise noted):
    • Wife PC & laptop
    • My PC & work laptop
    • My play laptop (Ubuntu)
    • Play PC (Ubuntu/Fedora Core)
    Unfortunately I haven't been very studious in keeping up with technology, so I am not sure if this is the best route. Essentially I want to keep ALL of our data on a separate device that is accessible by all. And easily transferable.

    In the future I've considered having a PC for the TV as well. Then music and various media (NetFlix, DVDs, etc) could be played from a single source--this of course would need access.
    I had always stayed away from a nas... I had a bad experience with raid many years ago and never trusted the solution with my data again. Plus, I had always thought the solution wasted disk space. (that is IMO... lol... in accordance to how I work.)

    Plus, I'd always use a spare computer as my "nas" or an external shared usb attached to my main computer...

    NAS can be nice though... some people are happy with them... guess it all depends on how you work and what you want to do with it...
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    There are 5 computers in the house; 2 Windows Vista laptops, 2 Mac laptops and a desktop doing server duties. The house itself is wireless and I also use Bluetooth for specific issues. I was using a backup program that was network compatible and thought it was doing well until...anyway, that is the reason for the external drive that has been set up to backup specific files as they are updated.

    SD cards, an interesting thought, definitely better that DVD. Linux interests me, as I am an OpenOffice user, WordPerfect User and a couple of others that are on the Linux platform. My problem though is time - there never seems to be enough time to set a project up such as this and that is the reason for staying with Windows so far. I see what else is up there, like what I see and say to myself, what if you screw something up...

    Thank you for the input, another set of stuff to consider.

    Ben
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You did not need onecare for that... you could have done that yourself in about 15 to 20 minutes....
    theog,

    You assume too much about my tech skills. I'm not a techie and fear screwing around with things I could mess up real bad. I knew about the networking capabilities of through Wifi but everytime I began to what was required to set it up, I blew if off.

    OneCare was a breeze. One day the prompt showed up and a few clicks later, I was done.

    Good Luck
    iPhone 4S
    Former Treo & Storm Owner
    Cigar Lover

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