Posted on 2003-11-30
I need to improve the current backup situation in my office. It is a very small company with less than 10 employees, so there is essentially no I.T. budget.
Important files are all stored on one hard drive on one computer. These files are over 30 GB worth of data, but only about 12-15 GB of it needs to be backed up. The files that are backed up versus those that aren't are NOT separated logically in the directory structure. We back up weekly. Our current backup procedure involves using Roxio to make DVD projects. It usually takes 3-4 DVDs to do a whole backup.
My major problem with this setup is that Roxio projects do not allow you to specifiy "everything in this directory at the time of the burn." So I can't just save a setup of what directories to burn and what to skip. I have to recreate the DVD projects every time I do a backup. This means the entire process takes a person like 3-4 hours. Basically it is half of a day every week of wasted time.
How can I solve this problem? Is there a program out there that can save a list of directories and span those files across several DVDs without a human having to attend the process?
I think I can use the Backup program that comes with Windows XP to save all of the directories (and can I save this setup?) to one big backup file. Is there then a way I can back up this file across several DVDs automatically?