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In the event of a disaster, I would want to be able to recover the system whether it is a new hard drive on the same computer, or pull files to a new computer entirely.

Does anything like this exist today for free?
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Question by:rtod2
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Aaron Tomosky earned 1200 total points
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Not free. Really cheap though if you dont mind slow recovery speed. carbonite, mozy, Backblaze. It depends on how much stuff you have. Dropbox, box, skydrive, sugarsync, etc are mostly free for 5gb.
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by:rtod2
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Darn, looking for free.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Question - how much will it cost the business (or you personally) if the system fails and you don't have a backup?  How bad will it make you look if the system fails and the backup you implemented is "half-@ssed" because you didn't want to spend anything on licensing?  

While there are exceptions, as a general rule, the LESS you spend on a solution, the more complicated and less user friendly it is - if it even exists.  This means you may not spend much in licensing, but isn't your TIME worth something?

If there was a really good solution it would be well known by now.  Do you really want to TRUST your backups to a poorly known solution, if it even exists?  Seems HORRIBLY unwise to me if you think about it.
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by:rtod2
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You might be right.
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by:shahzoor
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in addition to what leew said
Online solutions are good only if you have a reliable internet connection as well
What if in that point of time your internet is not working ? or the speed is too slow? will you wait till its downloaded so that you can start the recovery process and then it will consume its time also. Then while downloading your speed went up and down and the downloaded file is corrupt?
Best is to go for file based backup and store them separately in your USB drive if the data is not huge, else go for a storage device locally at a safe place. Use any good free backup or imaging software and schedule the tasks to store the backup on your storage device. So that in case of disaster you have the backup readily available. Trust me its worth spending in this domain,,,,,,,,,,, :)
good luck
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by:rtod2
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Yep, I tend to agree with you.  Thanks for the info.
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