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 might leave your important files
The Backup Tool 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.
- CD, DVD and other removable devices. The Backup Tool 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 Backup Tool 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, reliability, price.
- Local Area Network (LAN). If you're a network admin corparate network backup for details), with the Backup Tool you
can either centralize the backing up of your LAN workstations and servers on a single
backup server or 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 (see home/small office network
backup for details). The Professional Backup Tool 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 Backup Tool allows you to have online backups on a remote FTP server as well as to
send backups by e-mail. By storing your backups remotely, you place them to farthest
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 Backup Tool 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 to a different
folder of your HD as well 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.
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