The Sony DRX-510UL External DVD/-RW drive comes in at about £250 inc vat.
Requires either firewire or USB 2.0 for connecting to your pc. 32x CD read,
24x CD write, 16x CD rewrite, 12x DVD read, 4x DVD write, 2x DVD-RW rewrite,
4x DVD+RW rewrite. Capacity is 4.7Gb.
If the OP's so concerned about backing up, one thing which I've just
though of is the problem of viruses, which you often don't know you have
until it's too late. Thus your last back up might be infected, wheras if
you have e.g. discrete weekly backups, the chances of you being able to
restore an uninfected version are better.
TBH, you only really want to back up your data files, and re-install
programs (which you can also copy onto a DVD)
Use XP's backup. Then use WinZip on the output from XP's backup (which in my
case reduces the size by about 50%). Then use WinZip again to split the ZIP
file into 650MB chucks (this is one of the standard options).
How extraordinarily painful.
Buy a decent tape drive from eBay. Use any of about a zillion backup utilities
to copy the whole disk onto tape. (I can't advise on Winblows stuff, since I'm
entirely Unix based here, apart from the wife's NT PC, which uses a Sun as
The moment you have more than one computer, network them all, start
using one as a server, keep all your files on that one and attach the
tape drive to it.
Back up as often as you like (at least weekly) and keep the latest tapes
"off site" (I take them to work.)
"The road to Paradise is through Intercourse."
The uk.transport FAQ; http://www.huge.org.uk/transport/FAQ.html
Beware of virus problems. A 2nd HDD in your machine gives zero
protection to your data if a virus gets it. Many viri can be removed,
When you back up off the machine, again if you get a virus then
backup, and thats the only backup you have, youre stuffed. So always
keep 2 generations of backups, with the older one being say 2 weeks
old, not 2 days. That gives you enough time to spot any heavy handed
viri, and still have good clean data.
(N. Thornton) wrote:> >Beware of virus problems. A 2nd HDD in your machine gives zero
Firstly thats not true, secondly it doesnt solve the problem.
I dont run AV 24/7 because it causes problems: just do a scan
periodically, and when accepting files.
As for imagining an AV product makes you immune to viri, erm, no. Not
only are they not that effective, but Av products sometimes even
_give_ you viri.
everything except your year's data, sure.
On 8 Oct 2003 11:21:34 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (N. Thornton) wrote:
I can't quite believe how many PC experts we seem to have on this
forum. Little wonder Joe Public feels he gets such a raw deal when
he's talking to someone who is PC literate - there are as many (if not
more) opinions as the number of people you speak to.
You need a "differential" backup then.
Look at some form of "off-line" media such as tape or DVD-R as both
machine's discs could be taken out by a powercut/lightning strike etc - It's
happened to me.
I use DDS-3 DAT tapes to backup data, which I find as long as I don't keep
re-using old tapes more than about 10 times is fine. Each tape holds 12GB
native / 24 GB compressed (realisticly about 16-18GB each). Plenty of backup
applications out there, or windows own is OK.
DVD is very cheap now and has loads of other uses also, and you can get
4.7GB per disc costing about 80p, or about £3 for a DVD-RW disc. You can get
a writer for under £100 at ebuyer.com.
On Mon, 6 Oct 2003 17:28:57 +0100, "Christian McArdle"
If you read my complete post you will notice that I did advise that
you can send the backup to writeable CDs.....it's a bit slower and you
have to change the CD when requested, but it works fine.
Possibly the better option with that approach might be to write the
backup to the hard disk in 650Mb chunks - this means the files are
created automatically without having to change CDs, and then once the
backup is finished you can store elsewhere.
Don't forget that some online services allow you to store your backups
on their servers, and will provide a CD copy on request if you happen
to lose everything. When I looked at that option a while back it was
relatively expensive so I didn't go down that route, but it is an
option if your PC is mission critical to a business.
On 6 Oct 2003 06:14:02 -0700, email@example.com (David)
A second machine or a second HD would be advisable.
To go with it.
"The corporate life [of society] must be
subservient to the lives of the parts instead
of the lives of the parts being subservient to
the corporate life."
I backup weekly to an external HD - 120 gb in a Belkin housing - a complete
partition image. This should allow me to simply plug this into a different
computer if need be.
I also back up "My Documents" and other critical system files to 2
DVD-RW's - the same data to 2 different disks.
I also back up live documents to CD-RW or DVD RW or may store a copy of the
file on an email server temporarary.
It is important to make at least 2 copies of the data, and store these in
different locations - together with copies of emergency boot disk.
I use PowerQuest drive image, but am trialing Vertitas Backup and the Norton
Archival files and photos I am transfering to DVD, after reading some
concerns on the life of CD-R media
As a point of interest have you ever tried to restore from PowerQuest?
I wondered what your experience was?
I have PowerQuest here, also Norton Ghost, and more recently Acronis
TrueImage. I've used them all so can make comparisons.
I liked PowerQuests user interface which was quite neat. However I
once had to try and restore from the PowerQuest backups (which were on
CD). Backup was great - restore was absolute pants.
I had 5 CDs as I recall. The restore operation began with asking me to
insert disk 1, then disk 5, then back to disk 1 - or something like
that. And then proceeded to write back to hard disk at a ridiculously
low rate of transfer that meant I'd still have been restoring this
time next Christmas. Quite unbelievable.
Norton Ghost is brilliant by comparison. Shoddy user interface but if
you drive it from the command line it is great. Restores dumps at a
good speed - same for TrueImage.
PowerQuest have just been bought by Symantec by the way - so Symantec
now own the rights to Norton Ghost and PowerQuest DriveImage:
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