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Re: Backup

Has anyone tried these portable hard drives that link to any computer via
the USB port as a back-up? I get some junk mail, and one advertises a
"Buslink portable USB hard drive" starting at $139.00 for 6.4 GB. The
advantage would be that you could connect it to another computer if your
computer breaks down.

Alexander Hellemans
----- Original Message -----
From: "Norman Bauman" 
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 6:15 PM
Subject: Backup

> Related to the question of viruses, what kind of backups do people use?
> I personally use a Colorado T3000 Travan-3 drive, which is 1.6 GB native,
> 3.2 GB compressed. I back up every week, on an A and B tape, one for odd
> and one for even weeks.
> I want to upgrade my hard drive, so I tried to buy a new drive to match
> but HP doesn't make Travan tape drives any more. They make DAT drives
> instead. But the DATs are about $900 (sell the backup, give away the hard
> drive). HP has left the market to Seagate, which makes a 20GB Travan for
> about $325. So I think that's what I'll get.
> The salesmen in the computer stores tell me that I should "just back up my
> data files," but in Windows, I don't know what to back up or where the
> files are. So I like to make a full backup of my entire hard drive.
> I could back up onto writeable CDs, but it would take a lot of CDs to back
> up a 20 GB hard drive. (I told the salesman it would be like backing up my
> old 40 MB hard drive with floppy disks, but he didn't know what I was
> talking about.)
> Norman
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