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Do you use hardware which you bought especially for making backups?

I ask this because I want to find a better way to create backups than storing them on DVD. For example, I am considering to buy the Freecom Hard Drive Dock, a product which is made with this purpose in mind.

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We all user 'hardware' to maintain backups. Are you talking about backups using internal hard drives? – ymasood Sep 3 '09 at 8:23
CW perhaps? (as this is more or less a poll) – Jonik Sep 3 '09 at 9:58

Other than the occasional tape drive and portable hard drive, the only other dedicated hardware I use is a Thecus N5500 for hosting vmdk backups (via NFS an ghettovcb).

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I'm using a Sharkoon Sata Quickport Pro (same as the Freecom you are writing about, same as the Thermaltake BlacX Docking Station Joel is writing about) and two separate sata harddiscs the same size as my data drive.

One hdd is always in the quickport, so I can make a fast backup whenever I feel like it: just switch on the quickport, run a robocopy or synctoys script to refresh the backup. Very fast, very nice!

The 2nd hdd I keep in my office for offline storage.

Roundabout once a week I take the hdd from the quickport, take it with me into the office, swap it with the 2nd hdd, so now the 1st hdd is in the office, the 2nd comes back home into the quickport.

This way I always have a very recent backup at home, and in case of theft, fire or water damage I have an offline storage which is at most one week old.

Of course you'll need cases for your hdds, like the plastic ones Samsung delivers with their drives.

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Thanks for your response. This sounds like a well thought out backup strategy. – Dimitri C. Sep 3 '09 at 9:21
One small question: you are taking your backup of all your personal data to work. Aren't you concerned with privacy? – Dimitri C. Sep 3 '09 at 9:30
I own my company - if there would be someone in my office whom I don't trust, I would fire him :) But there is another solution: encrypt the backup data. – Sam Sep 7 '09 at 8:35

Yea, I'm using a 2TB SATA Harddrive with a Freecom Hard Drive Dock-ish device.

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