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Follow up to the Backup presentation.

From: Al M.
Sent on: Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:40 PM
Hi All,
I enjoyed last night, hope you did too.
After the meeting, as I had time to mull over the questions and my responses, I realized there was some additional info I should share.
So in no particular order:
  1. When I displayed the graphic of my personal configuration I may have given the impression that everyone should have such a complicated, overly redundant arrangement. 

    Nothing is further from the truth, my system just reflects my passion to never, ever have to re-type data or recreate a project a second time if I can help it.   Thus, 4 copies of my Quicken data plus one offsite - grin.

    In reality, most rational users would be well served by a Mozy/Carbonite subscription or an external USB drive with the vendors supplied software.  Both Western Digital and Seagate offer drives with software for PCs and Apple Macs (be sure to check the description on the box).
  2.  I mentioned Norton Ghost repeatedly, it is what I am most familiar with, but there are alternatives such as Acronis True Image that will also do full System backups.   

    Here are links to free 30-day  trial versions


  3. For any of the applications (Carbonite, Mozy, Ghost) local vendors will be happy to set up your computer for you if you do not want to go through the learning curve.   They will also welcome people who have backups and need help to restoring data .  

    Here are a few I checked out.
        J&N Computer Services,  Fairport Rd  [masked]
        Enright PC Management,   Empire Blvd [masked]
        MicroWorX,  Allens Creek  [masked]
    And, by the way, they make house calls.

  4. Mozy and Carbonite offer free trials of the services if you want to experiment.
  5. I checked Norton Ghost for Apple, but it does not appear they offer anything.  However, Apple's Time Machine appears to have all the bells & whistles.  
  6. One of the nice features of my external USB drive is that I can move it to one of  the other PCs in the house and if the WD Smartware is installed on the PC it will backup all the files automatically.   This is a good reason to buy a larger external drive even if you do not need it for your primary computer.
Hope this helps.    If you have any questions do not hesitate to call or write.

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