Where do you save/store the system backup(s)?

Discussion in 'polls' started by markymoo, Jan 29, 2011.

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What do your store your backups on?

Poll closed Feb 28, 2011.
  1. Internal SATA Hard Drive

    13.8%
  2. External SATA/ESATA Hard Drive

    32.3%
  3. Internal Solid State Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. External Solid State Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Internal CD/DVD Drive

    4.6%
  6. External CD/DVD Drive

    4.6%
  7. External USB Drive

    27.7%
  8. External USB Stick

    3.1%
  9. Internal IDE/PATA Hard Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. External IDE/PATA Hard Drive

    1.5%
  11. Internal RAID

    1.5%
  12. External RAID

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. External SCSI 68/80/SAS Hard Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Firewire Hard Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Network/LAN/NAS Hard Drive

    4.6%
  16. DAT/Tape/Cartridge Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. DLT/LTO Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Flash Drive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. I don't even backup!

    6.2%
  1. markymoo

    markymoo Registered Member

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    The question is more in regard to, Where do you save/store the system backup(s)?

    One vote allowed.

    :thumb:

    Also say, if the backup medium is suitable for your needs or not at this present time.

    eg. I backup slow and i need a faster backup. I saving up for a external SATA for much faster backups.
     
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  2. Osaban

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    Re: What device do you backup to?

    I only use notebooks (x4) therefore external USB drives are somewhat a logical choice in terms of accidental damage, theft, and unlikely but theoretically possible, malware propagation (I do use DVDs to backup data as well).
     
  3. Noob

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    Re: What device do you backup to?

    My main backup devices are secondary HDD and Partition mostly, but for important things, i use USB Sticks and SD memory.
    A multiple option poll would be better :D
     
  4. Page42

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    Re: What device do you backup to?

    External USB Drive
    Maxtor One Touch II 100GB
    Just big enough for several full system images from both computers and lots of misc folder backups.
    I may soon be utilizing an old internal HD for backup images too.
     
  5. markymoo

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    Sorry no multi vote. Just put down your main trusty backup device and detail in your post any other.
     
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  6. Boyfriend

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    I use external USB-HDD (500 GB) for whole data backup (I use Active@Boot for C: drive weekly backup, while all the rest drives data is synchronized/mirrored without compression on daily basis).
     
  7. sweater

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    I just burn important datas and files into CD-R/DVD's
    Transferred some to portable USB Flash drives

    I don't store important files in drive C. When pc are re-formatted C drive will be wipe outs...so.. I stored some in other internal drives. :cool:
     
  8. culla

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    save x3 usb,sata ext,ide ext so didn't do the poll :D
     
  9. ruinebabine

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    3x USB ext.
    1x SATA 2nd int.
    1x IDE/PATA 2nd int.

    them for 2 PCs (XP Pro sp2 + 7 64-bit Ultimate)
     
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    USB Sticks
     
  11. ExtremeGamerBR

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    External SATA/ESATA Hard Drive (2000GB) - Weekly
    Internal SATA Hard Drive (1000GB) - Monthly
     
  12. markymoo

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    The simplest backup plan is usually the best, because you more likely to backup. Are you referring to backing up the original source with all three?

    There are external drives that have both ESATA and USB 2.0/3.0 connections. USB 2.0 is very poor speed and slows down backup considerably, same with IDE. Ok if backup is small. It well worth adding a external SATA PCI port and getting a SATA drive to get the extra speed, if your motherboard doesn't have existing external SATA connection. Even cheaper, if you have a spare large internal SATA you can give up, turn it into a external by purchasing a cheap HD enclosure.

    What i think is a good idea for fast external backup is this. Buy sufficently large SATA III, II fast drive(s) your motherboard can take. Buy a HDD SATA enclosure matching the spec of the SATA spec or an enclosure that takes multiple hard drives, so you can backup 2x and more. Connect SATA lead(s) to the internal SATA connector(s) and feed through the PCI slot. That way you get the internal SATA speed for fast backup. Fit multi PCI slot SATA brackets, some have a power connector, so you don't need a enclosure to power but the enclosure keeps it protected from damage. ESATA connectors carry longer leads, better shielded for EMI and carry more power. The external drive is then better for safer backup, as you can easily unplug it to protect you from power surges, electrical and mechanical failures of the main pc.

    That will be much faster than USB backup and costs no more.

    If you want to take it further, buy a external RAID, which don't cost the earth eg. http://www.storagedepot.co.uk/Hard-Drive-Cases/sc884/p523.aspx. You backup your internal system to the RAID, then the RAID mirrors it to the other external RAID drive automatically. If 1 disk fails it copies back all data onto the new drive. To keep cost down and less overall problems 2 seperate hard drives is best. Get the original program to copy the image or data from the 1st drive to the 2nd, straight after its done it's backup to the 1st, using additional commands.
     
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  13. Creer

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    USB sticks,
    ext. SATA drives,
    int. SATA drive.
     
  14. blacknight

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    - External CD/DVD Drive
    - External SATA/ESATA Hard Drive
    - External USB Drive

    I'm a bit paranoid. :D :D





     
  15. Woodgiant

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    Using Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-XHL to store backup.
     
  16. Kernelwars

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    External SATA/ESATA Hard Drive:D
     
  17. littlebits

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    I use Maxtor OneTouch4 Plus 150GB external drive.

    Thanks.:)
     
  18. xandros

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    external hard drive
    and also i make backup on another part of pc i make backup for C on part D
    thank you
     
  19. chrisretusn

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    Backup server.
     
  20. pajenn

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    on computers with two or more hard drives i would use the non-system drive, space allowing. mostly I use external usb drives (I have several with 1 TB or more space). I prefer to use a separate drive (as opposed to a separate partition on the same drive) in case of drive failure.

    the one exception to this is differential images with drive snapshot because it only needs a small hash file of the original image and the differential image is usually small too assuming no defrags or major changes have occurred since the initial image. I keep the hash files on my laptop's data partition and that way I can make a differential backup of the system partition any time, even when I don't have the external USB drive with me. that's also one of the notable features of DS that distinguishes it from other imaging programs (although i do use others too and some of them offer other benefits).

    note: if i had a computer with SSD and USB 3.0, then I image I'd prefer to make the backups an external SSD drive with USB 3.0.
     
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  21. Bob D

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    External USB drive.
    I'm a big proponent of off-site storage.
    The thought of theft / fire / flood and subsequent loss of a couple decades of irreplaceable files / data, etc. scares the heck out of me.
    Hence, I rotate two USB hard drives.
    Make backups regularly, and at least weekly, one goes into my vehicle.
     
  22. Page42

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    As I was reading your post, I was certain you were going to say,
    "Make backups regularly, and at least weekly, one goes into my safe deposit box".

    Since the thought of theft scares the heck out of you, aren't you concerned about someone stealing your vehicle (or breaking into it) and getting the USB HD with your data on it? (I bet it's encrypted, right?)
     
  23. markymoo

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    Hello, is that Maxtors own software and is it accessible?

    What i like to do is put own image software of choice in there and somehow program button press. It activate and take a image on button press. Software i seen that images with 1 touch is EzClone.
     
  24. jadinolf

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    I don't save anything,

    Not really important to me.
     
  25. Nevis

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    POrtable hard drive :) easy
     
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