Monday, July 31, 2006

Boop, boop, boop (part II): Backup Harder...

posted by Scott Roche

Read Pt. the First...

Okay, now that you know the basics of backing up let's get a little more complex. I mentioned that if you have a network it could make things challenging. Here are some ways to keep that easier.

Network storage devices - These days network storage for home users is a pretty simple matter. You don't need to set up a dedicated file server. Just buy something like the D-Link network storage adapter if you already have a USB drive hanging around. Plug the drive into this and plug this into your network and you configure it through an internal web interface. It'll cost you about ninety dollars, hard drive not included.

As a side note, if you use this or a local USB drive I recommend having one expressly for backup. The more you read/write to a drive the faster you wear it out. If you want more storage locally for your bitTorrent stuff then buy a fat internal HD. Heck get one of the above for a "file server" if you want to access your catalog of Aerosmith mp3's from any computer, but have a drive just for backups. I can't stress that enough.

For about a dollar a gig (or a little less if you shop around) you can get the Western Digital NetCenter. It allows you to do the same thing and in addition it can act as a print server. It comes in 160, 250, 320, and 500 gb sizes. It also comes with some software for backup management.

Software - If you really want to back up your entire system and be able to bring it back from the dead easily I recommend Ghost from Symantec. I use the Corporate version and it's pretty sweet, but this is better in a number of ways. In addition to letting you take a "snapshot" of your computer (called a ghost image) it also helps you manage backups. The image can be stored on an external hard drive or a writable disc. For fifty bucks it's well worth it for your piece of mind.

Now what are you waiting for? Go and get your backup on!


At 3:19 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

What if I'm white and uncoordinated?

Can I still "get my backup on"? Or do I have to settle for "proceeding to install my backup"?

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

No. You must get your backup on. If you are too white for that then even God himself can't help you. White men may not be able to jump, but we can boot up.


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