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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by SimonO, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. SimonO

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    I've got a friend who works from home and requires three PC's networked and most importantly, the data backed up daily... I have some experience of Windows NT client/server networking (Compaq server with 3 x SCSI drives on a RAID controller and daily back up to DAT's) but really would like to establish the best way to provide some form of data mirroring and daily back up using the three stand alone machines rather than a dedicated server with clients...
     
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    Depends on how sophisticated his needs are. I use something simple like Second Copy for cloning my home systems across each other.

    Another similar tool is Handy Backup, same idea but with one or two features not present in Second Copy which also does useful work for me.

    Beyond that, something like Drive Image can be used for partition imaging across the network and now runs totally within Windows when backing up, unlike my preferred imager Ghost which still needs to boot to DOS.

    Sometimes simple is best. :)
     
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    Thanks, they look perfect... What would you recommend for removeable back ups as I've only ever used DAT in the past..?
     
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    I too used to use DATs.

    For small critical files, such as lists of software activation codes, passwords etc. I use Handy Backup's FTP feature to upload to an off-line store. For all the other large volumes I use DVD-R or DVD-RW depending on whether I want a permanent or cyclic backup.
     
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    Same friend, different question... He has BT ADSL broadband via a BT supplied broadband modem... Does he need a particular wireless router for an ADSL connection or will any wireless router do the job..? I'm with NTL, so I haven't ever looked in depth at ADSL...

    Kragorn :confused:
     
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    Answering my own question, I guess for the purposes of routing, ADSL or cable shouldn't make any difference other than there appear to be some units that combine the router and DSL modem into one package..?
     
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    Okay, I'm sorted... Please ignore my ramblings..!
     
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    You're ignored. :D
     

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