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    Backup for PC's

    The person who lost their hard drive got me thinking. What does everyone use for back-ups? I guess you could say i go a little over board but here is what I do.

    #1 I always keep an extra 1tb hard drive in every PC that I build strictly for backups. I then have Acronis do a full image backup of my main drive once a week. After the 3rd full image it deletes the oldest one. I also have it do a backup of my pictures, music, and videos on this same drive in a separate folder. It's gotten a little tricky since my OS drive is now SSD so I try to keep just a few apps on that drive.

    #2 About once every 3 months I'll turn on my PC in the basement and have Acronis do a full backup to a network shared drive.

    #3 I use Picasa for pictures and have all my pics saved by google (full size) in their web albums. I believe I pay $20/year for 80gb of storage.


    I learned my lesson about 10 years ago when I put every picture on some photostorage web site that went out of business without warning.

    What does everyone else use?



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    1TB external HD to backup the 250GB HD in my laptop. Have a ton of extra crap on there to stream to my laptop, tv, and PS3. I don't remember the name of the utility I use, but it's whatever Ghost BB puts on computers when people pay for it (I took it off my parents' laptop).



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    3.5 inch floppy backup on my entire hard drive. 1000 disks, but totally worth it.

    Seriously though, I just run a full backup every month or so to an external. I don't have much stuff on my home PC that I really care about, or I'd probably do more about it.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I probably should be better at separating things that I actually need. I found the last time I built a PC the only thing I really needed was Firefox bookmarks, Thunderbird email and all the settings, and the staples (video, music, pictures). Everything else I just installed as needed.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Old desktop (PIII) running FreeNAS server with two 1TB SATA drives in RAID 1.

    Also have extra eSATA connectors to attach external drives if necessary.

    I only backup important things like pictures of the kids and documents. I don't need a full system image. I have Cygwin running an rsync every night to update any files that may have changed. If my laptop goes belly-up, I'll just rebuild it. It's the irreplaceable files I want to keep safe.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I actually just bought a 640gb WD elements hard drive off of slickdeals the other day for this reason. And good tips for doing this the first time?



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I actually just bought a 640gb WD elements hard drive off of slickdeals the other day for this reason. And good tips for doing this the first time?
    I've always used Acronis because I'm comfortable with it but if you're running Windows 7 I believe it has some back-up tools in place. Then I think you just pick and choose what you want to back-up.

    I assume this is an external USB hard drive?



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Acronis TI actually lets you decide what type of back-up. You can do a full backup each time or do just incremental. I have enough space so I just do a full back-up each time and then it auto deletes the oldest after it has 4. There are a lot of options.

    I figure there are two types of issues that I will run into.

    #1 Hard drive crashes-This is where I could use the full backup and restore everything.

    #2 Some pictures or video's get accidentally deleted-This is where my folder back ups would save me.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Got a HP EX485 Windows Home server earlier this spring. "Mirroring' across two WD 1.5 TB drives and a system backup drive on a Seagate 750GB.

    Photos and the like I'll burn to DVD periodically.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I do a Time Machine backup to a 500gb external HDD which is stored in my safe. Then once a year I do an individual data backup of music, movies, documents, etc to my home server.

    The home server is then backed up via being in RAID in case one of the hard drives fail, I still have another.

    I also use Dropbox for most of my "documents" and I can access them anywhere! Pretty slick setup all in all.

    I haven't migrated to Picasa Web Albums fully yet, but I'm looking to do that very soon.

    Here is an invite code to Dropbox if you are interested and want an extra 250mb of storage on top of the free 2GB they give you:

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQ2NjUyNjk



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I also use Acronis. I don't do a full image everytime though. I did full images at certain spots (initial setup, necessary apps installed, secondary apps installed). I do a backup everynight of all my documents though (pics, videos, papers, etc.) All this on a 1tb hard drive.

    On the laptop, I created a Acronis secure zone for a full image of the intial setup with necessary apps. I carry a 360 GB portable hard drive with the laptop at all times. I try to keep all documents off the laptop and on the portable drive instead, but this doesn't always happen.


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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkFanISUalum View Post
    Old desktop (PIII) running FreeNAS server with two 1TB SATA drives in RAID 1.

    Also have extra eSATA connectors to attach external drives if necessary.

    I only backup important things like pictures of the kids and documents. I don't need a full system image. I have Cygwin running an rsync every night to update any files that may have changed. If my laptop goes belly-up, I'll just rebuild it. It's the irreplaceable files I want to keep safe.
    Exact same OS I'm using. FreeNAS rocks. If you want to ever trade tips PM me.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I use Mozy. I do not include any photos or music and so I easily fall into the free alloment. It runs every day overthe lunch hour. If I'm still working at my desk it waits for a period of 5 minutes of inactivity and then runs.



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    Re: Backup for PC's

    Right now, my DVD-RW is my primary back-up medium. I usually zip up my personal files and burn the file to DVD. I've been looking seriously at DropBox as an on-line solution, but you get only 2 GB storage for free; I have 4 GB on my flash drive by comparison. I've downloaded Clonezilla (an Open Source and free equivilent to Norton Ghost) to copy an image of my HDD when I get an external HDD.


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    Re: Backup for PC's

    I just set up a SFF server with a dual core Atom running CentOS and 80Gig + 1TB drives. I was going to set up rsync, but maybe I'll have to check out FreeNAS.



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