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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joe1167, Apr 13, 2006.

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  1. joe1167

    joe1167 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Great website....I've learned a lot....thanks!
    I have a Dell desktop with Windows XP. I want to buy a decent back-up system for my downloaded programs, documents ...everything I guess). Just don't know what type/size I should be looking for. As embarrassed as I am to say this, I've never backed up my data before and have thus far been VERY LUCKY! So I figure I've cheated Lady Luck long enough....it's time to get with it and back up my PC. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks!
    -Joe
     
  2. Couriant

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    depends on your size of data. and what you want to backup. If you want to store your downloaded programs, maybe a DVD-R/RW would be the choice. The RW would be for if you want to update your downloaded programs. If you want to archive your stuff.... DVD-R and if you want to store but use it anywhere else without lugging CDs/DVD around 1Gb USB drives are getting cheaper by the day.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I recommend a USB external hard disk and Acronis True Image. You can do a complete image backup to allow you to restore the entire machine after a total hard disk crash or hard disk failure. You can also use one of the many free backup utilities to do regular data backups, I use Cobian Backup myself.
     
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    Hey John, I was wondering. Do you know the current price of a usb ex. drive and are there any on sale?
     
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    not bad at all :)
     
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    I normally shop these bargain sites and wait for a good deal. You're a piker if you can't pick up deals similar to the above mentioned deal within a couple of weeks. :D

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    (y) thanks John I will keep an eye out.
     
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    What's wrong with the 160gig one for $60? That's a good deal.
     
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