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  • Started 5 years ago by Aleeve
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Aleeve
Aleeve
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I asked a week or so about this
But everywhere I seem to go
There are ALWAYS mixed reviews on almost every product i see, even the ones you guys recommend to me

On the same product
some say its fantastic
while others say it broke down and lost everything on it after only 4 months
isnt the whole point that this is for backup itself?

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whs
whs
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What is your point? What question are you asking?

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Sorry
that IOmega one you recommended looked great and was cheap
but then i saw couple of reviews saying it packed in for them
everywhere i go and look at every single hard drive
it always has at least 3 reviews saying it has failed for someone
How do you know which will be reliable?

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thegeek
The Geek
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Hard drives will always fail at some point, that's just a fact.

The key thing that most people don't seem to grasp is that if you are using the external drive as a backup... the files MUST EXIST ELSEWHERE. So you can't delete files from your primary drive in your computer just because they are on the backup drive, unless you have a second backup drive backing up that one.

What I've started doing is backing up all my machines across the network to one big internal drive on my Linux box, and then I have an automatic backup of the internal drive to a big external drive.

That way most of my data is in 3 places, so even in the event of a failure, I'm covered.

I'm considering augmenting that with online backup...

[edit] ... this would make a good article series. I think I'm going to start working on that...

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yeah good idea geek :) - regarding the tuts
backing up is SO important

So I should buy the Iomega that whs recommended and then keep the files on the computer too :)
I guess I can upload the most important stuff to skydrive?

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whs
whs
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That sounds like a good approach. I have 3 external drives and none has failed yet (knock on wood). But the same applies to internal drives. I have seen a few going south recently (none of my own though). That is why I am such a fan of Ghost. The one person that had Ghost was able to reset his system the way it was 2 days before the disk gave up - in no time. And that saves not only your data but your whole system and subsystems (like e.g.office) including all it's settings. The other 2 people were in for a weeks worth of work - and it was still not the same.
PS. long time ago I had started a thread regarding back-up stratgies. But the only person that seemed to be interested was Scott. I meant to gather inputs and then make a write-up. But it faded due to a lack of interest.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yes whs, you saw mine go!
Although mine is virtually back up to speed, just lost a few pictures

Well, if you did that thread again I would be interested :)
Did you see Geek's suggestion about an article (maybe you could be a co-writer!)
And ghost does sound great, surprise surprise I still haven't got around to buying it

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whs
whs
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You should watch out for Ghost12 going on sale again. That was really cheap the other day. And you need not have Ghost14, because you would probably not use the additional functions anyhow.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yes ok :) (it's still £32.48 on amazon)
As soon as I have some money spare I will go for it - hard drive in a couple of days :) (buying)

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whs
whs
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32 Quid is still a lot - I have seen it for as low as 20 Dollars in the US.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yes but this is the US
everything technology-wise is cheaper over there :(
Did you not here about the whole Expensive Britain thing?
About half a yeart ago there was a load of press coverage about it
And i guess you know about the current credit crunch - even Marks & Spencers are struggling (i dont know if that means anything to you whs, have you ever lived in UK?)

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Also whs
have you seen these? (read top first)
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews.....st-12.html
http://www.acronis.com/homecom.....trueimage/

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whs
whs
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Ya, I have heard about Acronis but have never really explored it. That may be an alternative, but one would have to study it some further. As far as the prices go, we are always disadvantaged in Europe. That is why I buy nearly everything in the US (except my desktop here that I was afraid to lug past customs).

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yes
Why too afraid - in case it gave rise to 'terror alert?'

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whs
whs
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No, afraid to be caught by them and having to pay a big fine. Last time in May they pulled me out and went thru my things. But the good stuff was in the cookie jars that they did not want to open.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Are you not allowed to do that sort of thing?
Never knew that - learn something new everyday!

So what 'good stuff' was it?
If you don't mind me asking

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whs
whs
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OH, Movie Camera, USB sticks (big ones), two and a half inch disk, Ipod, etc. - some of that stuff I lug back and forth all the time.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Oh ok
nice

whs had a spending spree :D

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whs
whs
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If you have multiple households, you don't want to buy everything in multiple editions.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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I suppose

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