DRIVE SAVERS -- I remembered how important it is to back up data while combing through my 11 years' worth of boxes. I spotted a few CDs that were made following the failure of my Vaio's motherboard. DriveSavers specialises in rescuing data from abused hard disks. They've brought back information from computers that were melted in fires or dropped from balconies.
I've been using a simple CD-burning routine to grab my primary data files for archive off the hard drive and have to say that any kind of procedure works as long as you do it regularly. NTI's Backup Now (USD 70) lets you copy your stuff onto disks in almost any format, and works great, as long as it's used regularly.
Since I'm really interested enterprise strength business continuity solutions, I'm headed towards a second generation external USB 2/Firewire hard drives. They cost around EUR 300 from Maxtor and come bundled with Dantz Retrospect Express 6 software. Since I first started using personal comuters in 1983, I have needed a complete system restoration every 28 months. I would have lost considerably less traction if I had made exact replicas of my hard drives and operating systems.
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