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data storage help

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I run a small business and am looking to backup files and folders (approx. 5 gb) and i'm wondering what is the best storage solution?

I looked into a DVD burner and believe this will be the best way to store my files. Servers are too expensive and I'm most likely not going to back up my data on a daily basis. maybe on a weekly basis (don't get me wrong, i'd like to back up data every day, but believe it may be cheaper to do so on a weekly basis).

What I need:
1. Back-up 5 GB of files (i.e. word, excel, adobe, etc)
2. Save data maybe once a week, or even less frequent than that
3. Cost efficient manner in doing this (don't want this to burn a whole in my wallet.
4. Do I need a software program that will help me backup my data? (and does this run with the dvd burner?

Any recommendations? on hardware? and software?

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Re: data storage help

If your backup definition is just that 5 GB of files, then you can solve this backup issue for under 99 bucks to about 199 bucks.

Said DVD recorder will come with recording software which you could use to select the files you want to copy out, then record on an under 1 buck DVD-R media to be filed away for that rainy day. If you take the data offsite, you are beginning to have a truely fine backup.

Some revolt at the idea that backup would cost 1 dollar per, but I maintain that having no backup will cost much more.


Just a note: My disaster recovery "kit" has a set of my OS and application CDs plus a cheatsheet with the CD KEYS, internet access information and... my last backup.

It's not stored with the computer...

Best of luck,


PS. You din't note what country you post from, so I don't know if I noted a store or model if you could use that.

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have you already found a storage solution?

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Hi Jackie S.

I don't know if you have found a data storage solution or not. But if you haven't I believe I could assist you. I work for an IT/Telecommunications firm and we have been helping business owners such as yourself identify viable solutions for their data storage needs.
Please contact me @ if you would like more information. Have a good day.


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I am using "IBackup" ( and it does have direct access to your files.
It is secure and supports mirroring of files/ folders to maintain the directory structure, which has worked great for me.
It has automatic data file selection and automatic backup of common applications data files etc. I was also able to schedule regular online backups.
Price, privacy and control are other reasons why i recommend IBackup.


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