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Backup Hard Drive Removal

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Hello Experts,

Can anyone recommend a quality backup device that is a hard drive removal?

The systems that I manage backing up may need 1tb to 2tb drives.  I want to be able to remove the drive from the location and replace it with another drive to take off site.  I would prefer to remove it from the device without having to unplug a USB or network cable.
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by:helpfinder
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you can use some NAS with hot swap feature to do this
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I was looking for a more specific device recommendation such as brand and model and experience with the device.
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rindi earned 300 total points
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Get USB docks, something like below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0PG0F31458

The big advantage is that you can use almost any commercial HD available.
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by:andyalder
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http://www.rdxstorage.com/ if you want it to have a chance of surviving being dropped.
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by:pgm554
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I second Andy's suggestion by using Imation,but you're capped at 1 TB and it ain't cheap.

My suggestion would be a hybrid of disk and tape personally.
Get a NAS for nearline storage and back up to tape for offline /off site.
Cheaper in the long run.
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by:tucktech
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I have seen some other solutions when searching the internet, they are all a little expensive.  rind's approach may be the best option for small business that don't have a large budget.  I could purchase an external docking station for less than $100 and then the appropriate sized hard drive to interchange.  The only part I don't like is the exposed portions of the hard drive as this adds risk to the media.

I agree with andy's approach but it is more expensive.  It would reduce the risks of the exposed media parts from what I can tell.
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by:rindi
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The harddisk being "exposed" when you use a dock, doesn't matter at all. The platters in the disk aren't exposed.

I suggest you get several disks, not just one, as for a good backup strategy you need to be able to rotate between several of them.
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agreed
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