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Good Backup solutions?

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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I am having a problem with veritas and tapes, no matter what I seem to have problems with them, either failing, backup taking too long , having to backup on more than one tape etc.   I was wondering if anyone knows of any good backup solutions that would work better than tape ?  
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It depends on the amount of data you're trying to backup, and whether you are looking at routine backups for disaster recovery, or archival backups for long-term storage.

For short-term backups for disaster recovery, done nightly, we use disk-to-disk backup, either local disk or over the network.

For long-term archival backups we use either CD or DVD. This works well if data sets to be backed up are ~5 GB or less each. Also, never store important archival data on just one DVD (or CD, or Tape). Always have at least 2 and maybe 3, copies, stored in different locations.
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Solutions --
1. dump tapes completely.
2. sell the tapes and tape drives on EBay.
3. Use the money to buy 250-500 GB Hitachi drives -- they are IBM and much more reliable than others.
4.  Set up the big drives on a remote network backup computer.
5.  Use either acronis true image, or Symantec live state recovery, or any network backup program
6.  As an aside, I simply use -- xcopy C:\*.* \\backup\d\ /c/h/r/s/h/e/d -- to update the data to remote
7.  Use one remote HDD for full system backup, and the other for incrementals or differentials.
8.  All you need on the INC/DIFF hard drive is the latest full backup of the system.

In the end, remote network backup is FAR better than tape, and is the way of the future.
If you like image backups (I do not, personally), then Acronis true image is probably your best bet.
If you want real file-by-file backups, then xcopy seems to be your best bet at this stage.
I use Dantz Retrospect and it works great. It can write to CD/DVD's, disks and tapes.
again, I agree with Disorganise.... something guys tend to disagree with.... Size DOES matter...lol   But seriously,  how much data are you looking to backup?  I only have about 45 Gig's of data to back up everyday... so I went out and purchased a Buffalo Terastation (750 Gig of storage).  I backup the data Monday-Friday on this device, and use a tape backup for off site storage on Saturadays.  This works great for my application,  but dependant on how much data you need, you may need another solution.  I run Veritas backup software, and once configured correctly..it runs like a dream

Scrathchboy suggestion about using Acronis True Image.... I like it.... I use this program for my personal home computer and I love it.  I haven't tried it in my workplace yet (guess I never thought about it),  but I think I will look into it.

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