Network backup ideas?

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  1. majpayne1

    majpayne1 New Member

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    ok, i need to back up files on a home network of 7 computers
    what would you recommend for backup hardware and software
    I want it to be network attached not just stored on one of the network computers
     
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    If speed is not an issue(usb 1.1 only so far, no sub 2.0 yet), then one of these from Keyspan.
    http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/server/
    and an external hard drive of some type. Lacie makes some nice ones if you want a prebuilt solution, or buy a case and drive and put it together yourself.
    Or just go with the external drive, share it one on of the computers and have everyone back up to it.
     
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    what's the budget?

    you could do a windows 2000 or 2003 server and use the auto-backup feature. Or some routers have file servers in them now.
     
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    i saw one of those that is 2.0 on tigerdirect.com
    i think i might do it that way
     
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    I currently use the Linksys Network Storage Link, but that has it's pro's and con's...
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    How much data do you have that needs to be backed up? At work we just have Nero BackItUp running on one computer with a DVD-RW drive in it. Every afternoon it backs up that computer's data and a bunch of other computers' data to DVD over the network and we just rotate the discs so that there's always one off-site and at least one on-site. It's a pretty good inexpensive solution for a home network as long as you don't have more than 4.7GB of vital data.
     
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    Double-Layer = 9.4GB, now.

    discs are more expensive tho.

    Another option is simply a removable tray with two hard drives. You could have 80-400GB easily, with that.
     
  8. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Install a USB2.0 or better yet Firewire hard disk on one machine. Map the admin share on each of the other computers to a drive letter on the one with the backup disk. Then drag and drop the important folders. You could automate this with a batch file. I'm assuming the other six users are either too lazy or ignorant to backup their own stuff and that you're responsible for it all.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Good idea, I hadn't thought of that.
     

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