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What's the best way to backup / secure the data on my computer?

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Ralph E_#1
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Ralph E_#1   2/25/2011 6:13:23 PM
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Hello Max, In the March 2011 edition of Popular Science there is a product listed from itwin.com you may be interested in. Basically a paired USB dongle that allows any computer drive to become a web accessed network folder. I'm not familiar with the product or company, but thought it was worth a mention. For myself, I use a 16GB USB thumb drive to move my current work folders back and forth between work and home. Since I sometimes take work home to work on my personal Dell desktop PC. And for backups I have two 500GB Western Digital USB external drives that I use to ping-pong backups to for my home PC. Cheers, Ralph

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Ganeh_K   2/25/2011 2:30:11 AM
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Hi, The two computer solution is better. I have a Seagate Go-flex 1TB hard disk with preloaded auto backup and sync software. I have to carry my laptop back and forth from office to home, and I also need to travel a lot. I suffered a lot of time because of these suddenly rising problems. But, now I always have two copies, one in laptop and another in external hard disk. So I would like to suggest the same.

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Darcio Prestes   2/24/2011 1:06:37 PM
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I do use a combination of TrueCrypt and DropBox to encrypt and sync data along two Windows boxes and one Apple Macbook. I have found this combination practical and useful because my data is localy password protected and automatically backed up in the cloud with file version control. Mount a TrueCrypt volume, place the Dropbox folder in it and you are done. The best of all is that TrueCrypt is open source and DropBox is free for up to 2 Gb of data space, enough to keep up with working data. I am very happy...

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Txema   2/24/2011 11:22:30 AM
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I've been thinking about this same issue for a while. Never got the time to search in the internet for the solution I wanted, perhaps somebody knows if it exists. Copying some GB everytime I want to make a backup is a waste of time. Probably the difference between the backup and the new data is only about a few MB... The old windows idea of looking for differences worked well... for some MB. If you try to syncronize 50BG, then you better copy the hole stuff again. So, what I dream of, is kind of OS service that "marks" every file that has changed after the last backup and stores that information in a log file. Then, when I use the backup software, it only has to compare this log file with the file in the external HDD, and replace only that files. Of course, a timestamp would help determining which file is newer. So, does anybody know such a software? Carbonite seems to work in that way, but I'd like to have the backup in an external HDD instead of a web server...

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Vaughan Wesson   2/24/2011 8:25:14 AM
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Sorry, but you need a Macintosh. What you require is a standard part of Apple OS called Time Machine from memory.

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bobplunkett   2/22/2011 5:17:40 PM
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Two things to be concerned about. External, and in particular, 3.5 inch drives are prone to failure. They do not like to be handled. In a weekly rotation of 8 drives I experienced about 1 failure every 3 months. That was despite being 'portable' drives and being carried inside a padded Pelican case. Way too high to trust in my opinion. I run the 2 computer scenario where the 2nd computer is a server with a large RAID array. The trouble is that I can tell from the electricity bill if it has been left running for an extended period of time. A better solution is a RAID NAS like that available from Drobo. They are much lower power consumption and can be left running and made remote accessible. Then you can use the NAS to backup all your laptops and desktops. They can also be used to share data between computers. You still have the issue of 'catastrophic' loss due to fire or theft but one of the online backup solutions is probably a good scenario for that. That said it is probably healthy to be nervous about the reliability of your online backup provider.

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David Ashton   2/22/2011 6:17:35 AM
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"We're not talking about vast quantities of information here; in reality it's no more than a couple of gigabytes of working data." You can fit that on a USB stick - they're cheap as chips and fine for daily backups or carting data back and forth between home and office. If you go with the 2-computer idea, though, make sure you have good backup strategies at BOTH places, and once a week / 2 weeks / month (depending on the importance of your data) try and do a full backup of ALL data (say at the office) and keep it off site (ie at home). That protects agains theft as well as computer crashes. This might mean keeping an external drive for this purpose and taking it to the office once every so long, and bringing it back home, but hell, they're also cheap enough and small enough to do this without being too much of a pain. If cost becomes a factor, ask yourself - is it more expensive than the cost + pain-and- suffering of what you just went thru??

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_hm   2/22/2011 1:25:30 AM
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Your first approach looks more practical. I also take backup of data folders once a week on 1TB USB driver and on DVD once a month. Generally working data folder size is around 4 GB. As reagarding working from home, can you access your office PC working data folder from your home? It may be little slow, but you do not spend time on synchronizing data.

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Max The Magnificent   2/22/2011 1:07:05 AM
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I really like my two-computer idea (and I really REALLY like the idea of three 28-inch screens, although that might have to wait until I win the lottery) ... but for the external drive should I buy a solid state drive or a ruggedized regular hard drive? And what software should I use to synchronize the computers and the external drive? Or should I be doing something else?

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