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Choosing the best backup solution

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I would like you to help me to choose the best backup solution, so please clarify the advantages and disadvantages of:
*) Online backup
*) Backup to CDs/DVDs
*) Backup to HDD
*) What are the best backup applications for Windows? Why?
*) What are the best online backup services? Why?

If the total data to backup is:
*) 30 GB
*) 500 GB
*) 1 TB

Is there any "backup expert" available to help me?
Thanks in advance.
Best regards.
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Online Backup: I'd only suggest this if you have a very minimal amount of data you wish to backup.  Unless you're on a dedicated T3+ connection then you're not going to be able to backup much more than 100Mb or so easily.  Not to mention it's sort of risky if the company goes bankrupt and sometimes it runs you monthly fees.

Backup to CDs/DVDs:  This is the way I normally backup all of my things.  CDs/DVDs are very reliable and as long as you keep them relatively well protected they will last you a long duration of time.  They're great when you're backing up a moderate amount of data.  However, 30GB is kind of pushing it due to it'd require 7 standard 4.7GB DVDs, and much more CDs to backup that much.  But, if you're not backing up that frequently i'd suggest that from anywhere up to possibly 100GB, if you're backing up minimally.. maybe yearly or bi-yearly basis.

Backup to HDD:  This is a great way to go, however it's sort of risky.  Hard-drives can be very unreliable depending on the brand you go with and the size/speed of the hard drive.  However, it is the fastest and most convenient method to do it.  It would also allow easy automation of backing up things, assuming you had the software to do this and the backup hard-drive was always hooked up.  I'd say this would be the way to go if you're going anywhere over 100GB or if you're backing up more than a few times a year.

The Best Backup Application in my opinion: Genie Backup Manager - This allows you to backup nearly everything on your system and get pretty complex in your backup requirements.  You can backup anything from your email, registry, system files, and loads of other things.  The only problem would be it may be confusing to some newbies to the software.

Best Online Backup Option:  Godaddy or Streamload Mediamax.  Godaddy offers a much more optimized and easy to use interface, however you can only get up to 10GB of storage space.  However, price wise it's not that bad considering you get a huge amount of extras that make backing up a breeze.  It's $10 a year per gigabyte of storage space, but a maximum of 10GB.  Streamload Mediamax however, gives you 25GB for free.. but you can only download 500MB a month.  However, you can easily upgrade this for $15 a month and get 250GB of online storage, and 25GB download cap a month.

If the total data to backup is:
*) 30 GB - I'd suggest CD/DVD if you're not backing up more than probably 4 times a year max.  Online options may be an option if you're on a good connection and you stick with a reliable company.  If you're backing up quite frequently you'll probably have the best bet sticking with the Hard-Drive method.


*) 500 GB  / 1 TB -  I would definitely choose to stick with a Hard Drive.  If you stick with a quality, preferrably lower speed (to prolong the lifetime) hard-drive then this will be your best bet.  It will allow you to backup the most data as well as making it the most efficient and easy to use method out there.





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Tank you a lot!!! Your suggestions are superb!!!
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