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Old 08-18-06, 06:27 PM
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Best way to backup 20GB of data?

I have a My Documents folder that is about 20GB. A DVD is 4.7GB. What is the best way to back all of this up without having to manually fill up each disc? In other words, point to the directory, have the program put as much as it can on one disc, then ask for a second, etc.

I tried Nero Backitup but it seems to suck alot. Any other ideas?
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You can use Winrar to compress the whole directory into certain-size RAR files, to fit a DVD or CDR. You would have to burn each rar separately, of course. There might be a backup program that can burn on the fly, but I'm not sure.
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Or just get an inexpensive external hard drive (usually on sale if you look for them), and back up to the external hard drive.
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ext hard drives, depending on which week and which store, can be $100 for over 200gb of porn, i mean information!!!!
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An external hard drive is probably the most useful and convenient option. There are a number of free utilities that will do backups, including LaCie Backup Software and the backup program included with Windows 2000.

I personally have several backup options in the mix, including an external hard drive and a Linux file server that also gets backed up onto DLT IV tapes (which can each hold up to 40 GB of compressed data). Old DLT drives can be found on eBay for under $20, but there is the added expense of tapes and a SCSI card to use them, and they're slow and cumbersome. I already had the spare tapes and SCSI card laying around, though, so I figured I would make use of them.
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Burning things to disc is a real headache for large amounts of data. I use a 160GB external drive to back up all my files and music.
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tape drive.
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External HardDrives are a good suggestion, but I would still argue that having a hard copy on a disc is the better alternative if the information you have is valuable, etc. I've had too many HDs crap out on me so I've gotten a bit paranoid and make sure that I back up all the time.
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
You can use Winrar to compress the whole directory into certain-size RAR files, to fit a DVD or CDR. You would have to burn each rar separately, of course.
That's probably the best way to go.

As a test I did a zip on my My Documents folder and got about a 2/3 reduction in size. It will vary depending on how many text documents (which highly compress) there are compared to pictures and other things that don't compress well.

I would also make two copies of the backup DVDs.
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7-zip can split the files/foldiers too. From 1.5 mb for floppy size, 700mb for cds, and 4400mb for dvds.

I agree that you should have two copies of the dvds. Might want to burn them at a slower speed too.

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