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Backup devices

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sepher, May 23, 2009.

  1. Sepher

    Sepher Bit Poster

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    Hi all,

    Not sure if this is the right section to post :D

    I currently work as a IT install engineer, refreshing old pc's with new ones. Before taking the old PC off the desk I have to backup the data on it. The site Im working on at the moment has encrypted harddrives so the IDE to USB device I normally use on another site won't work :(
    So at the moment I am backing up user data via USB and uploading files onto pen drive. Some of the computers are so old they are still on USB 1.1 and when there is a lot of data it can get painfully slow.

    What I want to know is what would be the fastest way to backup via usb? I have considered a portable 2.5" drive, flash voyager GT usb drives, and the OZ turbo usb drives. What would people recommend to be the fastest device to use? Would I benefit using FAT32 or NTFS for best speed?
     
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  2. leosdelsol

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    There are loads of good portable drives you can buy now.......

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/st...null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=573242&category_oid=

    I have one of these, they are very good and take knocks and drops well

    but remember you will still be limited to usb 1.1 transfer speed if using an older usb port on the machines. :)
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    If the PCs are old and dont support USB2, i would personally slave a second hard drive in directly to IDE.

    No need to screw it in or anything just hang it in there, making sure it's grounded of course.. works for me 8)
     
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  4. nugget
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    I'd generally use this method too.
     
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  5. UKDarkstar
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    I'd go along with this too. Just set up a bench area somewhere to stand the new pc, drop the side off and hand the drive on the cable.
     
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    Old school style and has always worked for me:)
     
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  7. Sepher

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    Thanks for all your replies. I'll give this method a try, out of curiousity would connecting a harddrive via IDE to USB be just the same?
     
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  8. Boycie
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    No. Connecting a drive via IDE will require you to power the machine down, removing the side cover connecting the cables (power and data) and making sure the drive is configured as slave.
     
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  9. Sepher

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    I know that! :tongue

    I mean't in terms of speed :biggrin
     
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  10. Sparky
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    IDE will be faster mate.
     
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