What backup system to use?

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have an HP desk top with Windows XP Professional.

I need to put together a backup system.  Keeping a shoe string budget in mind...what type of system or product should I consider?
Question by:WBurroughs

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    Ntbackup is built into Windows XP... That should cover the software part... It will backup to tape devices or to a file.... and do system state… best of all its free… and can be command line driven…
    As far as hardware well that all depends on how much you have to backup... and your opinion of tape vs raid or both…

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    How can I access Ntbackup?  What type of device should I use? tape? drive?
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    You can go to Start > Run and type ntbackup. Hit enter, it will bring up a wizard.
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    To determine backup strategy and media you need to know:
    •      Is data you backing-up on server or workstation, or all together
    •      How big is data that would be backed-up and what will be time frame for back-up
    •      Are the system, system’s, critical mission operations
    •      Budget
    Site below may help you with backup media
    and this site may help you with backup strategies
    More about backup strategies

    If you backing-up server I recommending you some type of RAID configuration and tape backup.
    To see about RAID, site below may help  
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    If this is a server with lots of data, I would choose a tape method, if it's just your home pc then I'd go buy a cheap hard drive and usb hard drive enclosure. Assemble and hook it up. The ntbackup wizard will let you choose your backup destination.

    If you want to schedule it automatically, follow these directions.
    Start > Run > ntbackup (enter)
    Click the Advanced hypertext.
    Select the Backup tab.
    Check the folders, subfolders and files that you want to be backed up with this .bks file.
    After you've made your choices, go to the Job drop down menu and choose Save selection as.. name it and save it somewhere easy to remember. i.e. c:\backup.bks
    Create a batch file and use the Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks that will run the batch file. The batch file will run ntbackup using the newly created backup.bks

    The batch file should have a line similar to:
    c:\WINNT\system32\NTBACKUP.EXE backup "@c:\schedules\backup\FULL BACKUP.BKS" /f "f:\backup_drive" /d "Daily backup produced on %date% at %time%" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:on
    sleep 120

    Go to the Scheduled Tasks and select job to run, click browse and find the batch file. Schedule it however you want. Follow the rest of the wizard and you should be done.

    There are also detailed directions available by typing start > run > ntbackup /?
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    i would suggest for small and medium backusp to use the cd or dvd burner, it is a hard copy, removeable, and low cost.
    As for the software : i like backup Express, that you can configure for zip files (very readable everywhere)                  Free BACKUP                        Backup Express                        free Robocopy
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    Using CD's and DVD's for regular scheduled backup is not really reliable. Backup is done usually during non working hours and many thinks still running on background. It is known that during burning process it is good to stop all running processes possible you could before you start burning. If you doing unattended burning of CD or DVD and other processes still running, it is great possibility that burning process will end with error and unusable media. (It will son or later)
    I highly suggesting in case of very small budget to go with second Hard Drive, and backup there. Then you can copy this backup on to CD or DVD on daily weekly or monthly basis while you are able attend it.
    In this case I will use Norton Ghost. It is not free, but it has many nice futures.
    Also if you have some older system siting around, you may consider using it as backup PC.

    Remember: Many things can go wrong. It is your backup, having thinks done cheap (especially on someone else computer) may cast you a great amount of many, not to say loss of valuable data.
    Little note. What ever you chose to use, check your backup regularly.
    Good lock
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    i created a batch program (with the help of 1 cd burner file) that, when your backup cd is inserted into the drive, it autoruns a backup of all your file that you want, erases the rewritable, then writes the new backups and autorun files back onto the cd so that its ready to use again. also checks to make sure its there

    easy to use
    uses nt backup
    very simple
    if you want it ask me!

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