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I am assuming that when you have a "wipe-out" you have to re-format your
HDD. If that is so, what do you have to manually install before your
Tape-Store system will work? Win95? Registry? Tape Software?

Bill Allen
-----Original Message-----
From: Lew Midlam <Lew.Midlam(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, December 15, 1997 4:46 AM
Subject: Re: Computer Utility recommendation - my solution

>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
>I use System Agent to schedule a Full Network (3 computers) Backup once a
>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
>> 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
>> someone else but it sounds like the most safe tape restore method for
>> 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
>> >said and done, with my case several computers at the office and a
>> >at home that is required to be as useful as the office computers,
>> >faxing, etc, my solution was "D" harddrives.
>> >
>> >Each machine has a "D" drive the same size as the "C" at this point
>> >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
>> >e-mail files 15+mb, fax files 3+mb are transfered by 33.6 modem in about
>> >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
>> >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
>> >"C" crashes I have used the boot floppy to copy the D drive to C and
>> >running quickly, HD to HD transfers are the fastest.  I also use
>> >in the dark of the nite on all computers, to backup data files on the
>> >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
>> >dealer prep.  And if all disasters come true, motherboard dies and C
>> >I can take the D from any machine and install into a new machine without
>> >drive and go.
>> >
>> > Bill Warren, SE
>> > Newport Beach, CA
>> >
>> >
>> >