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DVD Backup solutions...

Postby poisonborz on Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:58 pm

Sorry if it's offtopic, but I guess this is a subject in what everyone (should be) interested a bit :)

I'm currently looking for a backup-solution that would utilize ~30-40 DVD to back up my music collection - but I'm puzzled wich softw to choose...

My first thought was Nero BackItUp, it's simple - wich is good, but maybe it's too simple: what if one of the disc goes missing (especially if that's the first one). I also checked Indigo and Cobian backup, but after a few minutes, they've scared me off...

I'm just looking for a simple but reliable backup solution, maybe with password/encryption support....that's all. Any good tips?
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Postby texascbx on Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:41 am

Ghost will make backups to DVD. But it will only do entire partitions. My 35G C drive is using about 14G for the OS and programs which with high compression uses two 4.7G DVDs. And you can browse the contents of the DVDs and restore only certain files if you wish. I don't know about encryption though but you can password protect the DVDs.
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Postby Scour on Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:22 pm

Why don´t burn the files directly on DVD? Then u can restore only the files u need
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Postby jberry on Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:24 pm

why even bother? 30 dvds, assuming sngle layer, are about 4 gig *30=120 gig or so....hard drives are soooo cheap now...I used to sue DVD-RAM but I get real cheap hard drives when on sale and use them...no point in backing up to DVD or CD or Blue Ray or any removalable media now I think.....heck I got an 80 gig laptop drive last christmas that was $50 after sale a rebates....plunk that into an enclosure and you can power it via USB....

at home I backup to an external WD 120 gig and to my second machine. So now I have 3 copies of everything...simple and fast....
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:20 pm

Harddrives have too many moving parts and it's too easy for them to become corrupted. Transporting hardrives is also more dangerous then transporting recorded media. Dropping a CD or DVD probably won't destroy it. Dropping an HDD in a cheap external enclosure very possibly will kill it.
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Postby jberry on Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:09 am

actually....with people on forums worrying about CDs/DVDs messing up after 5 years, etc hard drives maybe a good option. As I said they are fast, cheap, and with 2 kids they have been smashed, bashed, etc. for years. The newest one I have is the laptop one from last christmas....rest are 5 yrs or more...never an issue no matter how many times dropped. I transport them all over; but whatever floats your boat as they say.

I think what happens is that a bad bunch of hard drives comes out and you see that in the media. But in this case since he has so much just using dvds is not enough. You need more than 1 backup.....

For me I bought backup4all, click backup and everything goes to my 3 hard drives in order....bang I'm done.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:56 am

for me, I just pop in a CD/DVD burn it, bring it to a friend's house, watch it, and toss it. Nice and simple, light, and disposable. Couldn't be easier :wink:

Although I've mostly switched over to USB Flash Drives now for the re-useability of them :wink:
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Postby jberry on Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:03 pm

as yes...for movies of course you use optical.

But...you bring up a HUGE HUGE point...the flash drive things are nice...use them alot....you can get 4 gig now...non volatile...always work. Maybe we will see a time when these replace hard drives and optical storage.

Hey...I have a 128 meg smart media...remember them?...8 yrs old I think....works perfectly!!!!

so much top try soooo little time (and $) :D
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:15 pm

I have several 2GB and 4GB flash drives that I use :wink:

Hardrives are overrated :lol:
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