Safest Backup?

  griffo 13:25 27 Feb 03

having recently lost data in a LAN, when our proxy server developed a FAT fault, we are now anxious to improve our backup facilities. We have been using an HP Colorado tape system but have discovered to our dismay that it has left a lot of folders blank (empty of data). We are now thinking of using an external large capacity HDD (say 80Gb)instead. Our thoughts are that, being outside the PC (USB connected), it will not get affected by any internal hardware/software failures/infections on the Network - are we right? Also, would it mean that we could copy the entire C drive onto the external HDD, so that in the event of having to replace a HD in a network PC (or a reformat), we could simply import wholesale and not have to reinstal all drivers, programme software etc.?

  Lú-tzé 13:42 27 Feb 03

What you need is Norton Ghost - you can ceate an exact copy of one hdd (or partions) onto another. It will not be necessary to have an external hdd - put it onto another ide channel inside and it will be much faster to access / create backups.

You can then schedule the pc to create an image on, say, a nightly basis when everyone is gone home.

  Lú-tzé 13:44 27 Feb 03

Some guides:

to backups - theory and practice (light reading, but very effective) click here

to Ghost (comprehensive): click here

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