How can I keep multiple file versions (backups) without using multiple tape drives to backup the data 5 days a week?

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How can I keep multiple file versions (backups) without using multiple tape drives to backup the data 5 days a week?

Is there a way to use something like powervault rd1000 and simple software like Second Copy 8.0 to achieve that? if so, how?

running windows 2008 small business server. 64 bit.
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Commented:
You should be able to use WIndows Backup to do that.  If you backup to a disk (destination is a Drive such as a USB connected disk for example).  The WIndows Backup will append changes daily.

When you restore, you will get a Calendar to choose which day you want to restore from.

Yes, You could use the RD1000 and a different backup program if you prefer.
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you could do this if the used software has the abillity to append to the tape drive in stead of overwrite. I don't know about second copy but you should be able to find the information with the supplier.

Otherwise the Windows Backup could be an option although the RD1000 is not supported by default with windows backup, you need to access it as an unc path. Here is some more information:
http://blogs.bitwizards.com/Blogs/Bryan-Soltis/September-2008/Windows-Server-2008-Backup-to-a-network-share

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so Windows backup will NOT work with the RD1000?
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Nope not by default

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If you can give some information on your backup requirements then it would help recommend something more specific.
But, for a simple (and relatively inexpensive backup).  I would use a couple of USB drives (I have good results with the Seagate Freeagent models).
Use Windows backup to backup your server (use the Schedule feature inside of Windows Backup).  Select everything to backup (remove/desele the drive letter which is the USB disk).  Set the destination to a USB disk.  
Optional, Every week or two, swap out the USB disk with another and reset the backup.

I would also use the Windows Backup command line interface and make a backup of the System State on a weekly basis.  

example:   WBADMIN START SYSTEMSTATEBACKUP -backuptarget:E:

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Use dropbox or sugarsync
THere are some free services available also which maintains copies of the files and changed files
Accessible worldwide

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