Where to store backups
Choosing the storage place for your backups is the next step.
The main criteria are:
- How far will be backups from the original files? The farther the backups are the
better your files are protected.
- Is the storage media reliable? The more reliable the media is the less nightmares
- Is your storage device fast enough? Knowing that your backup storage device is
too slow and the backup creation takes too much time, you possibly will leave your
important files unprotected.
The ABE offers you the following options:
- Local hard drives (HD). The most fast device with large capacity. However, HDs
may fail due to large number of reasons: program and OS bugs, virus attacks etc. Other
negative thing is that original files are on the same media as backups. In other words,
when backing up to the same HD, you keep all your eggs in one basket. Having two HDs
allows you to back up to the second HD.
- Removable devices. The ABE supports any removable device that appears in the
system as a drive (has the assigned drive letter) with the permission for writing. Shared
LAN removable devices are supported also. When writing to a removable device, the ABE
spans backups by filling all free space on the inserted media and continuing on the next
media if needed. You can take such a backup wherever you go, post it anywhere, place it to
your bank for storage. However, commonly removable disks are much less reliable as hard
ones. Today's market is full of removable devices that differ by speed, capacity,
- Local Area
Network (LAN). If you're a network admin, with the ABE you can as centralize
backing up your LAN workstations and servers on a single backup server as choose more
complicated scheme. If you're a home-user and your home network consists of two PCs only,
store your backups on wife's computer and tell her to store her backups on yours. The
Professional ABE edition allows you to select any shared network resource with the write
permission as a storage devise. With the Standard edition you have to map the shared
resource at first. As a rule shared LAN resources are either HDs or removable devices (see
the first two options above).
- Wide area
network - intranets and Internet (WAN). The ABE allows you to export backups to
and to import backups from a remote server by FTP as well as to send backups by e-mail.
Storing your backups remotely, you place them to furthest location from the original
files. It can protect your data even from an earthquake and a meteorite falling. However,
as a rule it's the slowest of the possible locations. You should consider the security
issue when placing your backup in the Internet.
With the ABE you don't have to make a once-and-forever decision what storage to choose
for a project. You're free to change the storage every time you're about to create a
backup. You also can keep several copies of the same backup by exporting
it as to a different folder of your HD as to any other location.
Try to keep copies of the most critical backups on every of the storage types. Put
your best egg in as many baskets as you can.