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Tom Henderson (KOXR/SoCal)
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Re: Data backup strategy [Re: Ron Rosenfeld (EPM)]
      #134095 - 11/17/06 11:27 PM

Thanks again Ron.

I'll have to noodle this out a bit.

A true RAID setup is probably overkill for me; we'll see.

-Tom H.


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Ron Rosenfeld (EPM)
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Data backup strategy [Re: Tom Henderson (KOXR/SoCal)]
      #134261 - 11/19/06 09:39 PM

Tom,

I thought so too, until a drive crumped, and the system continued to function
with no problem, and no effort on my part other than obtaining a replacement
drive. I didn't even have to format it!

You could do RAID1 or RAID5 with fewer drives, although you'd still need the
same controller.

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Reams Goodloe
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Re: Data backup strategy [Re: Tom Henderson (KOXR/SoCal)]
      #134286 - 11/20/06 03:36 AM

Tom -

What is your process of backing up to the USB drive ?
We use Norton Ghost, for stand alone units and laptops, so we've got everyting ready to restore to a new hard drive. Automatic, nightly, but we've got to physically swap three external drive units around to update the offsite backup and get a new one in line for today's backup.

We use a similar strategy for the server, which has a RAID drive array, but we still want to get data off the machine and offsite.- to avoid the catastrophe scenario of the type Jerry K noted.

Unlike larger outfits, we're toast if the meteor or an Iranian or N. Korean missle or some of the crescent warriors take out everything with 5 miles of the office or so. Don't know what the EMP might do.... Haven't quite come to grips about planning for that larger disaster scenario. I figure if Rainier erupts I'l be able to grab something and put it in a protective enclosure before all roofs cave in locally. Various outfits will download encrypted data on an incremental basis to some "secure" location -but I haven't latched on to an outfit where that was simple enough and cost effective, at least not yet.

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Russell Holton
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Re: Data backup strategy [Re: Reams Goodloe]
      #134332 - 11/20/06 01:55 PM

>>> Various outfits will download encrypted data on an incremental basis to some "secure" location -but I haven't latched on to an outfit where that was simple enough and cost effective, at least not yet. <<<

How much are you looking for? I've seen a review of one that had 5GB free. More if you wanted to pay. Turned out good when the author's laptop was stolen.

>>> Don't know what the EMP might do.... <<<

From a few things I've read, electronics that lack a wire acting as an antenna should be safe. So a hard drive enclosure with no cables attached should be fine.

Edited by Russell Holton (11/20/06 01:58 PM)


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Joe Budge (W29)
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Re: Data backup strategy [Re: Reams Goodloe]
      #134813 - 11/25/06 10:14 PM

<< Various outfits will download encrypted data on an incremental basis to some "secure" location -but I haven't latched on to an outfit where that was simple enough and cost effective, at least not yet. >>

Reams,

I use these guys http://www.firstbackup.com/ for offsite backup. The backups are slow, but their pricing is reasonable and flexible so I can back up several machines without paying corporate IT rates. And the backups happen in the background so I don't really have to worry about speed. I still do on-site backups, as I've described elsewhere in the thread - this is my disaster recovery backup. I haven't battle-tested it (the house hasn't burned down yet <g>) but it seems to work with small trial restores.

Regards,
Joe


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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Data backup strategy [Re: Joe Budge (W29)]
      #134886 - 11/26/06 04:47 PM

Joe -- I use FirstBackup, too, based on Bob D's recommendation a couple of
years ago. They are quite attentive, sending an email on occasion when it
looks like a machine isn't backing up as it should be. I appreciate that.

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