Your best computer backup system is a hybrid using # 3. Scheduled Daily NTbackup.exe Hard Disk Backups and Monthly # 4. Snap Shots using UBCD disk imaging application There are many methods used to backup your computer data.
1. Commercial services like Mozy and Carbonite pros - easy automated setup cons - initial backup can take weeks, only ONE backup to a single archive. A complete restore could also take weeks
2. Incremental backups to external drives like Maxtor, Seagate or Western Digital pros - easy automated setup cons - only one backup, a single archive means if corrupted files and backed up and restored
3. Scheduled Daily Hard disk backups - use NTbackup. one per each day of the week using AT dos command or Windows Scheduling to an External hard disk pros - seven complete backups- one per day of the week cons - raw / bare hard disks must be handled carefully - static electricity or rough handling can make hard disk inoperable.
4. Snap Shots - using Ghost, Acronis or Drive Image pros - exact copy of your hard disk. FULL recovery is possible cons - cannot be done while you work 5. Tape Backup drives pros - can use NTbackup to save backup to a rotation of 4mm tape cons - tape drives are expensive and 4mm tapes have a maximum 40 gigabyte capacity