Question About Creating Backup Image File

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Foxfired, Jul 5, 2009.

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  1. Foxfired

    Foxfired Registered Member

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    I just realized the image file is HUGE. Where do you folks put the file? Do you burn it on a disc, external hard drive, or somewhere else? I am not sure where I can fit it.
     
  2. Peter2150

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    I'd recommend a fairly good sized external drive. They are very reasonably priced.

    Pete
     
  3. Carver

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    I have a USB seagate 320 Gig, I just made a full backup today with Acronis. I used to backup to DVD but if I did regular backup schedule it would be expencive.
     
  4. Aaron Here

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    Under typical imaging conditions, your backup image should be 60% - 70% of your used disk space. As the others have mentioned, I also backup to an external hard drive. If your image is indeed 'huge' you should get a large-capacity external drive with the fastest external interface your PC will accomodate (ranked in decending order of data-transfer speed: eSATA (fastest), Firewire400, USB2).
     
  5. Osaban

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    I tend to think that rather than have one large external drive, I prefer to have 3 medium sized, so that it is almost impossible for the 3 to fail. Also to change them after 2-3 years, that is to add extra ones is not too expensive.
     
  6. Longboard

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    Hello Foxfired, define HUGE :)
    Video file are often not compressible.
    DO you have a HUGE set of various media: music, movie etc files ??

    Get a NAS device with hardware RAID and multiple hotswap drives rather than single drive = redundancy and peace of mind.
    ( nothing wrong in essence with single drive, heh, other than unexpected failure :doubt: )
    There is some great kit available:
    http://www.drobo.com/
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2340871,00.asp
    http://www.readynas.com/
    http://www.netgear.com/Products/Storage/ReadyNASNVPlus.aspx

    I have a Netgear ReadyNAS: outstanding tool for the home SOHO.

    Search google: 'nas devices'

    Maybe move some of the bigger individual files to external storage if you want to keep images to 'minimum' size.
     
  7. Peter2150

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    How did you know, that is exactly what I do. Hmm, must being spying on me.:D
     
  8. Bob D

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    Two 2.5" portable HDDs here (320Gig, 500Gig).
    Rotate them, always keeping latest backup off site.
     
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