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Hi all,

Just wondering - for those of us who utilize a POS system, what is the preferred method of "The Daily Back-Up"?

Do you use tape? Burn a CD? Back it to the hard drive? Nothing?

I'm considering burning to a RW CD. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 
Dollar for dollar it hard to beat a cd-rw. I get cd-r's for less than 30 cents each. I rotate a couple cd-r a month then fix, protect, them so they can never be written to again.

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I use a zip drive. Rotate two sets of tapes and reuse them.

Most CD rom drives are WORM (write once read many). I tried to back up to a CD on my significant others computer and I could not get the software to continue on to a second disk after I filled the first one. It was very frustrating.


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[This message has been edited by ArtLady (edited June 18, 2001).]
 
We backup the database almost daily to a CD-RW. When it gets full, just plug in another one and archive the full one. It's almost like Quickbooks, the rule here is if you make an entry... you back it up before you leave the desk.

Rick
 
Despite the fact that our 4 PC network is less than 2 years old, we went with a Colorado 5gig tape backup system. 6 tapes get cycled, one each work day.

Quickbooks also gets an individual (duplicate) backup on floppy as well.

John

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ArtLady:
I use a zip drive. Rotate two sets of tapes and reuse them.

I tried to back up to a CD on my significant others computer and I could not get the software to continue on to a second disk after I filled the first one.
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I am very puzzled by some of the statements you have made.
I have a zip drive and it uses disks not tapes! Each Zip disk holds just under 100 megabytes. A CD holds just over 640 megabytes and is much faster than copying onto 7 zip disks.

You must have an enormous amount of information to fill more than one CD. Even so, you could just copy the files onto several CD's using windows explorer or my computer.

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We've used Colorado 5GB tape backup drives for about five years. Two of our network computers have them, so we alternate them, one late each night, for automatic backups. I verify successful backup first thing each morning. Every two days I change the pair of tapes.

Out-of-machine tapes are taken home every night. I suggest you *do not* leave all your backup recordings in one location.

Zip drives and RW-CD's won't (or wouldn't used to) carry the 1.5 gigabytes we want to back up every night. When we set up our Colorado systems, there were no alternatives.

The Colorado drives are getting old, and I understand they are (or soon will be) discontinued.

I'm hoping we can keep these 5GB tape drives going until RW-DVD's hit the market. They would have plenty of capacity, and probably would be faster & more reliable than the alternatives.

In any case, I urge everyone to backup every night. In five years, our tapes have saved us twice, when we had catastrophic hard drive failures.

One crash is all it takes to wipe out your entire order history & customer database. Reloading enough of it to be meaningful would take months, and would cost many times the price of the best backup system.
 
Uh OHHH, Typo!!

Tapes should have been disks.

Iomega also makes a 250 MB drive.

I use a 100MB drive, however if you do it weekly it only adds those files that have changed. Then periodically you have to start over and back up the whole system again.

My back up includes the entire system. I have not had the time to figure out such things as where my email addresses are stored.

I could not get the CD-WORM drive on my husbands Compaq Computer to continue to another CD after it had filled the first CD.

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Timberwoman
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