Backing up LArge amounts of data?

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  1. phatguy88

    phatguy88 OT Supporter

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    How would i safely backup say 500gb of data? Cd-rs would take forever. Is there another way?
     
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    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    Tape drive, external drive.
     
  3. trouphaz

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    you can buy another hard drive, but that'll only give you 1 or 2 copies before you're maxed out with current drive sizes. you can buy a bunch of drives and create a raid array with a lot more storage and then you can have more copies if you wanted.

    it kind of sucks that hard drive sizes are way above and beyond any affordable backup medium.
     
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    It doesn't suck that bad; if people spent five minutes looking through their folders before backing them up, they'd find that the majority of their shit is temp files and other crap that they'll never need again in a million years.

    I back up my \Windows folder and the System State, and the Documents and Settings folder excluding *.tmp and everything in the browser cache. Total space: 10GB or so.
     
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    Is this personal data? Work?

    I use a program called Second Copy and backup to a spare hard drive. I run the backup once or twice a week and it only backs up files that have changed.

    I think saw a post in OT for a 1tb drive for ~$120 the other day.
     
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    a dvd-r or blank blu-ray disc will make it shorter :mamoru:

    srsly,... external hdd + backup software such as Acronis True Image would keep things simple and easy.
     
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  8. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    seriously, i know that my backups could have about 300gb shaved off of them
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    The biggest space-saver is using incremental backups, and storing your non-essential files in something other than a monolithic archive file, because those usually favor access speed over compression ratio -- or at least Microsoft Backup does. Something using GZip is usually a good bet, because it leaves each file separate but still compresses the hell out of them.

    But yeah, not backing up TMP files helps too. :)
     
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    Its just personal random stuff. Its already on my 1 tb external, i just dont want one day for my hd to die and me lose everything.
     
  11. trouphaz

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    don't worry, i'm sure you can redownload all of those stolen movies and such.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    Alternately, if they are home movies of your kinky ex-girlfriend, I'm sure we could arrange an online backup solution. :naughty:
     

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