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Hi All,

I am in the process of creating a backup plan and I thought I would get some opinions.
I work at a small company with under 10 users. We are running Windows Server 2003. The initial backup of the Data and User folders will be around 60gig.
Because of the small amount of data, we have decided not to go with tape backup just yet. Right now we are going with a DVD backup plan. What do you think?
Right now I'm think of scheduling a backup to file on the server and then schedule a dvd burn/backup on a seperate stand alone pc.

I need to figure out how to get one full backup, then just backup any new files that have been added. I'm starting to think DVD will not work...

Any and all tips will be taken
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I would recommend getting a maxtor onetouch 2 small business external hard disk. These come with very good backup software and will store up to 200Gb.

They are very easy to configure also, and setting up incremental or differential backups is a doddle.
Yeah but that won't allow me to take my backups offsite..
To save money, you could buy 3 or 4 200gb IDE drives, then buy the USB enclosures and assemble yourself. For software, Acronis TrueImage. This allows for offsite storage, and isn't that bad on the wallet.
I am working on a similar situation at the moment with a client. With my situation the data that needs to be backed up is also around 60GB with about 10MB-30MB of new data added each day. The server that was just built currently has a 120GB SATA RAID 1 set so that acts as the initial backup. The problem is there was no off site backup.

My solution was to purchase a 200GB hard drive, an external enclosure, and Retrospect Disk-to-Disk backup software. Retrospect Disk-to-Disk backup software is excellent backup software that makes backup very easy, but this version is specifically used for CD, DVD and USB/Firewire hard drive backups, and DOES NOT support backing up to a tape drive. The initial backup took quite a while, but the aftwards incremental backups at the end of the day take only minutes.

Enclosure: $32.98 [LINK]
200GB Hard drive: $95.99 [LINK]
Retrospect Disk-to-Disk: $299.99 [LINK]
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If you get two maxtor one touch drives you can take the one off site, that is what we currently do at our office.
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