Best backup solution, hardware AND software.
Posted on 2011-10-20
With a lot of work, a little help from a friend and a LOT of help from several EE gurus, I managed to salvage most of my most important files after a recent hard drive issue on my old PC. I have a new Dell XPS 8300 w/ core i7 and running Win7 with SP1. It has a 1TB SATA drive with only 141GB used at this point. Most of my old data has been moved to the new PC and I’ve installed new versions of my applications. So now I want to design and implement a plan to keep me from having to go through this fire drill again or at least make the recovery process much less painful. I’m interested to hear what folks here think are good backup solutions currently available for a home user; both hardware and software. What are good choices for a drive and what are the best backup software offerings? I don’t do anything fancy but I do want to be able to save my important user files if/when I have another failure. The new system has USB 3.0 and eSATA connections so I should be able to choose nearly any external drive out there. Or, should I consider an additional internal drive? Should I consider NAS? (I like the idea of a drive I can take away for safe keeping if I plan to be gone for an extended time) And what about the Apple Time Capsule? This would give the additional benefit of giving me an updated wireless router. Whatever I finally choose to install ease of setup is an important factor; probably more important than cost.
Thanks in advance,