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In the 2 years I've been using Windows95, my hard drive (on three different
computers) has been 'wiped out' 4 times.  I've been using Seagate's
Tape-Store-8000 (8 gig compressed - about $300 street price) for about a year. 
I use System Agent to schedule a Full Network (3 computers) Backup once a week
with appended incrementals - all done while I sleep.  I rotate 4 tapes, so I can
go back up to a month to retrieve an old version of a file - such as a CAD
drawing I deleted three weeks ago.  And, when I do have a 'whip-out' I can
restore a 3 gig hard drive in less than 3 hours (I've had to do it twice).

If you're running W95 without disk backups, you're a bankruptcy waiting to
happen - IMHO.

Lew Midlam, PE

p.s.  I'm in the process of converting to Windows-NT Workstation.

Bill Allen wrote:
> 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)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
> 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
> >
> >
> >