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The "D Drive" method sounds like the most fullproof (although my D Drive is
already almost filled up) especially if the incremental backups can be
automated through MS Plus.

While surfing, I ran across a tape/disk backup method that required 2
floppies and a Travan 3 drive. I forget whether this was Seagate, Iomega or
someone else but it sounds like the most safe tape restore method for those
total crashes.

Regards,
Bill Allen

-----Original Message-----
From: Williston Warren IV <billw4(--nospam--at)pbs1.com>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
Date: Sunday, December 14, 1997 1:48 PM
Subject: Computer Utility recommendation - my solution


>I went the route of tape backups and the whole song and dance.  When all is
>said and done, with my case several computers at the office and a computer
>at home that is required to be as useful as the office computers, ACAD14,
>faxing, etc, my solution was "D" harddrives.
>
>Each machine has a "D" drive the same size as the "C" at this point 2.5gig,
>soon to be increased to 4 gig "C" drives.  I use Laplink95 to transfer
>files, it uses data compression and selective data transfer.  Selective
>data transfer? is the transfer of existing files is performed by sending
>only the "elements" that are different.
>
>Current project with several 5+mb files, bookkeeping files that are 2+mb,
>e-mail files 15+mb, fax files 3+mb are transfered by 33.6 modem in about 10
>to 15 minutes.  It is so quick do to the transfer is sending only the
>changes.  New files can take a while but this has been found to be easy.
>
>Laplink95 also can be set to run under Microsoft PLUS.  PLUS is a utility
>that has a "System Agent" that you can schedule to run.  I use it to do
>defrags and scandisks at 3am and transfer files to office at 1am and
>transfer files to home while I am translating in the vehicle.
>
>Anyway back to the backup, the "D" drives are bootable and therefore if the
>"C" crashes I have used the boot floppy to copy the D drive to C and back
>running quickly, HD to HD transfers are the fastest.  I also use Laplink95,
>in the dark of the nite on all computers, to backup data files on the "D"
>drives.
>
>With everything said and done, this is the fastest and easiest, and 4gb
>HD's are not much more than the JAZ drives with assembly, tax, license and
>dealer prep.  And if all disasters come true, motherboard dies and C fries,
>I can take the D from any machine and install into a new machine without a
>drive and go.
>
> Bill Warren, SE
> Newport Beach, CA
>
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