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Back up/ storage Q's from a non techie

by Optos Books / February 13, 2006 1:08 AM PST

I am a bookdealer....have huge image/data files on books that are the core of my biz. Embarrassed to admit that I know/understand little about back up and storage (but a lot about books on design!). I have a not new(2003) Dell Dimension 4550-120G HD and an auxillary Dell laptop Inspiron 600 both running WinXP(one Home, other Pro if that matters). I begin to worry that something might happen to the (aging)desktop's hard drive...leaving me instantly out of business. What do I need that would put me back in biz quickly- stored data, programs - the whole deal...access to images, word docs, excel data and all programs (two of which are essential for access to images and/or image manipulation and no longer made, but I like 'em just the way they are)? Be gentle - my reading of these forums mostly mystify me...but I want to take my head out of the sand!

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To start I suggest....
by VAPCMD / February 13, 2006 3:17 AM PST

reading thru some of the messages here .... numbers of them deal with backup strategies and options. Then maybe come back with your proposed approach and see what comments you get.

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...have started
by Optos Books / February 13, 2006 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: To start I suggest....

''reading thru some of the messages here .... numbers of them deal with backup strategies and options. Then maybe come back with your proposed approach and see what comments you get.''

VAPCMD, I have read through many, many posts and as I said in my initial post - I remain mystified as stategy discussions are too technical for me to assess. Does the Adaptec ACS-200 give me the ability to store everything on my hard drive if it died? I'm not worried about flood, fire...just current HD death!

I thought by saying ''WHY&WHAT'' I want to back up, some denizens herein...more savvy than I could explain options. The only thing I have gained from extensive forum reading is the unresolved arguments about internal vs external. I don't even understand the difference between those to steer toward a solution.

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Try this link....
by VAPCMD / February 13, 2006 7:39 AM PST
In reply to: ...have started
http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7813-0.html?forumID=70&threadID=154563&messageID=1720724

As a second backup (3rd iteration of the data) an external hard drive is fine but not for the only copy of the data you have. If you've reading here..the STORAGE FORUM, you would have seen the posts from many who are experiencing problems with external hard disk drives. Much safer in my experieence to have that second disk drive internal to the PC where it is less subject to damage that any external USB drive.

Another thing to minimize the risk of loss is a good UPS and in fact...COMPUSA has a great one on sale the APC 800VA with AVR for about $70 after rebates. It protects your system, gives you time to save your work and shutdown in the event of an unanticipated power outage auto-regulates the voltage coming into the PC. It's just another of the most often overlooked devices that users should have to protect their systems and their data.

Regards,
VAPCMD
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