Our tape drive died, so we are looking for a replacement.
We have Windows Server 2003 and Backup Exec 9.1. We're a small engineering firm of 13 employees so a tight budget is what we're on - definitely nothing over $1000 and probably $800 or less to get management's approval.
Two things that aren't options that we want to consider are one of the data backup services or another tape drive (all of our old tapes are about worn out anyway). My very first thought was an external hard drive. That option works great for everything except the fact that we can't switch out & store the latest backup in the fire safe.
Is there some other option like that around? Anything "hot-swappable" to consider maybe? We can still use our Backup Exec 9.1 for whatever we get, but what newer options are there?
How effective would you consider having an external hard drive connected (full-time) to the server where we have all of our regular backups kept, and a smaller USB 2.0 hard drive that is used for a weekly full backup that is taken off-site?
Many thanks in advance.