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I would like a device that would let me back up about 5GB of data easily and quickly.

Here are options that I know about:
1. DVD: But I have more than will fit on on DVD
2. Hard drive: kind of expensive and not easily moved off site
3. Tape drive: these seem to be falling out of use.
4. Online: too slow for this much data

What would you suggest...and I would like this to be automated.
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by:qfren
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Hi:
>>1. DVD: But I have more than will fit on on DVD
u can use more than one DVD and backup ur data depend what type of data ...e.g, music,movie,..etc..


>>2. Hard drive: kind of expensive and not easily moved off site
i think now external/removeable hardrive is ok since ur data is in GB



mc
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by:cofneverlivetotell
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Is this going to be a regular event?  or just weekly, monthly, or even a once off?

You can get higher capacity DVDs, or a USB 2.0 external hard drive would be better for more regular backups - Your dvd drive may not be able to handle larger disks, so i think the USB external Hdd would be the way to go.

Cheers
Cof
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by:burrcm
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Wot about compressing the data before writing it to a DVD - makes the burn faster too. There are dual layer DVD systems about now - around 8.5GB per disk. Don't know if they come in rewritable though.

Chris B
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by:Callandor
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The Iomega Rev drives are good for backup - large capacity, removable storage, and good transfer rate.
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by:RedStreak
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Thinking a tad out of the box here ...

Older PC's with 10-20 GB are readily available and at almost give-away prices. Why not
network your PC with a "backup" PC?

Rather than just backup data, you could consider mirroring your whole hard drive using
Norton's Ghost for example. In case of a hardware or virus disaster on your main PC,
you'd have an image to restore the whole drive. If you don't Ghost, then simple copy
of your directories to the backup is surely fast and easy.

Alan
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by:Issaquah
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I already have RAID running on this file server. So the mirroring is working. It is not so much a question of making a copy of the data, but making one that can be moved off site. Getting a number of external HDD's is possible, but rather pricey compared to other media.

Iomega could work, but one will soon be stuck with yet another expensive, propritary drive.

Other ideas??
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by:Callandor
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I use Ghost to create images of the system drive and it creates multiple files no larger than 2GB each, so you can burn these onto multiple DVDs.
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There are some very nice and very small external hard drives on the market.  Many don't require an AC power adapter, since they pull their power from the USB or FireWire cable.  Here's an example, but it's more expensive than most I've seen.  It was just the first one I found with Google.

http://www.hardwarecentral.com/hardwarecentral/newsarchives/5016/1/

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