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Backing up POS computer with some type of scheduler.

I have a point of sale (pos)system that I would like backed up everynight.  I have a Acer P3 system with 384ram, Windows Pro 2000 sp2.

I have a USB port and would like to back up to an external hard disk or a pc.  Is this a good idea? I would like the external drive so I can bring it to my other pc just in-case something happens.  Right now I just do CD backups and I run them. But I want this NEW backup to go automatically.

My data is only 2-3 gb of data.  What kind of backup program should I use?   Does it have a scheduler, so I can set it to run at 10pm at night?  What kind of external drive should I get or should I just backup to another PC? I would only need a 20gb system at most.

I have used Ghost, but does that have a scheduler?

Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks!
Paul



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craylordCommented:
The ntbackup wizard will let you choose your backup destination/choice.

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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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icemanwolCommented:
Once thing to mention, on a system that old you prob only have USB 1.1 ports.  And to copy that much data to a externel HDD would take a very long time.  USB 1.1 only gose at 12MB/PS.  I would suggest getting either a USB 2.0 or firewire card for the computer (USB2.0= 480MBPS, Firewire=400MBPS)  They usally cost between $35-$50
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gpriceeeCommented:
"I have a point of sale (pos)system that I would like backed up everynight."
POS systems vary, and so too do their backups.  If the system is up, the backup might not backup the POS database.  Most POS systems have backup options within them so that your backup of your operating system--Windows Pro in this case--and files includes restorable, recoverable POS information.   Without it, you might recover and end up with torn pages in the database--not a happy day.

So, first, you need to backup the POS system from within the POS system periodically at a minimum; even if you have it down when backing up--sometimes processes get hung in the background.

"I have a USB port and would like to back up to an external hard disk or a pc.  Is this a good idea?"
Good idea?  Yes and no.
Yes, it's good to get the backup.  Depending on the size of the backup, you can store it on various media: flash drives, hard drives, tape drives, other machines.  

No, if you don't have more than one location to store the backup, your restore might not happen if you don't notice that your POS system blew out $500,000.00 of orders over a week's time and you need to restore last-week's data.  If you keep the backups in the same location as the POS, one fire can kill the whole smash.

"so I can bring it to my other pc"  Excellent idea if the PC is off site.

"What kind of backup program should I use?"  As craylord states, NTbackup will work just fine.

"Does it have a scheduler, so I can set it to run at 10pm at night?"
Yes, as craylord states.

"What kind of external drive should I get or should I just backup to another PC? I would only need a 20gb system at most."
I would get a tape drive; they are very inexpensive but very reliable.  Periodically you can drop a tape in a safe deposit box.  

"I have used Ghost, but does that have a scheduler?"
If your machine blows away . . . what's the plan with the new hardware?  NTbackup would be better.
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originalbiffmalibuCommented:
Your quickest restore is going to be from a ghosted backup.  Ghost now supports booting to a CD and ghosting from an external drive to an internal drive.  Be sure to test this so that the drivers that load at boot are compatible.  Ghost also allows scheduling in Windows with version 9.0.
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gpriceeeCommented:
Hi.  How's the POS backup going?
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