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Onsite backup for computer

I need some input from anyone on some of the best hard
drives I can buy for backing up my business computers. I currently use an online service but need to move to onsite backup. Any suggestions please included GB size and brand names that are reliable. Personal experience would be fantastic and also any other suggestions for better backup security.



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I used this one

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=netgear%20zetera%20...

It's not the best out there I found but it did work and it was a two tray setup for redundancy. It was actually kind of nice being able to auto backup my work files so that multiple computers had access to them.

It was a network drive which required cables and I've got way too many of those running around my system as it is.

Now I just have a portable hard drive just for my main most important files.

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Whatever you decide ...

... just be sure to set up a RAID (redundant array of independent disks), I'd say a RAID-1, but there are better arrangements.

It'll cost more because the point is: making a duplicate of everything you write to disk. So, if you need 1TB of space, you'll need 2TB of disk space ... everything you backup will be written twice. If one disk fails, you can still recover from the other(s).

All enterprise backup systems use RAID.

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Maybe

Do you know what size drive(s) you're running right now?

Do you need a lot of computing speed...or just simple data entry? Graphics usually require a lot more computing speed....data entry not so much.

Let's say you wanted a perfect mirror of your existing drive. You should set up a RAID array. (Let's just say you'll need 2 TB)

You'll need 2 hard drives...usually.

Seagate makes pretty good drives....Barracuda is great!
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/desktops/barracuda...

You can also setup a "hot swap" situation where you simply plug-in or pull-out a hard drive. That requires an open slot tray which are pretty cheap on Amazon.

Since hard drives really do a "life span" and they will fail it might be a better idea to buy an inexpensive internal drive(s) and replace it every year. Smash the old one or keep it as an archive copy.

Another idea is to simply get external USB connected hard drives and plug 'em in. That's solve your problem really fast. Then you could use a backup program that would be scheduled to backup whenever you'd like (every 2 hours....2 days...every 2 weeks). The advantage is that you just disconnect the hard drive(s) and take them home.

As to security. If you're running Windows (I assume you are) you should encrypt your drives. There are a lot of free encryption programs out there and the good ones are free.

DO NOT USE ONLINE STORAGE SERVICES if you value privacy. Dropbox or whatever that stupid service is called, last year had all accounts unlocked for 4 hours. Cloud computing is another curse..as is anything related to Google. But that's just my opinion.

Have you looked into running a Linux operating system? (faster, free and painless)

You beat me to it.

heh

EDIT:

I've been using Linux since '97 ... it was my first OS. I only got Windows because everyone I knew used it and certain applications (like Skype) were Windows only.

Anyway ... thanks for mentioning it. Too many people are unaware of it.

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I don't use the sytems anymore

so I can't tell you what the best one is. You'll have to research yourself. A spin on google should help you with that.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&sugexp=frgbld&g...

I haven't used that setup. I forget the name of the one I used but mine was just a case that you added your own hard drives to. If I think of it, I'll come back.

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advice ?

Can anyone help out please?

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How many computers? One

How many computers? One location? All networked? Domain based or not? What do the computers do all day? What programs do you run, and how much new data is generated each day? Is there a central database?

I've had good luck with WD (Western Digital) SATA drives

The 1TB models fit my budget/needs.

I'd put them in an external enclosure, perhaps something like this:

http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sata_enclosures/scsat44xb.asp

If you have a bigger budget, you can set up your additional drives in a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) that can be configured to allow failing disks to be replaced with little or no data loss.

Sorry for the skimpy details, but maybe that can get you started or spark a conversation from someone else with more details.