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Iomega And Quantum Tackle Backup

Quantum calls its backups “protection plans,” as it expects them to run on a regular basis. The software is very easy to use, but the backup is performed differently than on the Iomega REV 120. Quantum utilizes a technology that is called de-duplication. It is meant to avoid storing files redundantly, hence increasing the available backup capacity by only saving changes to files it recognizes, and storing a reference to the original file. Different from incremental backups, this technology doesn’t save the changed files, but just the changed blocks.

Since the software has to be able to work with various backups, it stores the files in individual folders rather than in archives, which lead to a longer backup processing time for the initial backup, although the GoVault offers better throughput than the Iomega REV 120. The backup took 21 minutes while Iomega completed it in 15 minutes. And you still need the Quantum software to search and restore files. A second backup run with some modified files was indeed executed in seconds.

Restoration took 19 minutes where Iomega completed the task in less than seven minutes. However, you will see drastically improved backup performance if you regularly create backups of data sets that are not modified that much. Should your backup data vary more, Iomega might provide the better backup performance.

You can choose to backup user data, customized files or the entire host PC.

File selection for backup is easy.

Once you used multiple cartridges, the software lets you select which ones you want to use for the new protection plan.

Scheduling is a mandatory feature today.

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    predaking , August 1, 2008 12:38 PM
    over 50 cents a gigabyte?
    sata hard drive dock, with usb2.0 and esata

    then purchase any hard drive of your choice. I think you can get 500 gigs for under 75 now. Thats around 15 cents a gig.

    and you don't need to worry about the back up drive breaking when you need to restore given how easy it is to plug a sata hard drive in.

    just keep the hard drives where you would the tape back ups and remember, don't put all your eggs in one basket. have a live copy, a back up or two, and an offsite back up for critical data.

    heck, buy two 500 gigs hdd and mirror the data across them, so if one goes, you have a second.
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    Arbie , August 1, 2008 3:19 PM
    I just want to chime in about Iomega. I have ten of their external USB2 hard drives, ranging from 320GB to 1TB. I've used several of them very hard - almost like internal drives - for about 18 months. I have never had a single problem. My experience with one drive from another maker (Buffalo) was a disaster. So... Iomega knows how to make good stuff.
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    ctbmike , August 2, 2008 1:22 AM
    I would also like to chime in about Iomega. I used to install 35GB REV drives to backup the SMB servers that I build and sell, and have about a 30% failure rate on the drives in the 12 to 24 month timeframe. Needless to say, Iomega will not make good on the drive, but they will replace the media (the 35GB REV disks). After many disappointing phone calls to them throughout all these drive failures, they finally told me (on this last failure) that I could buy a 3 year extended warranty on the drive! This left such a negative impression on me that I will never buy another Iomega product again.
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    valeadmagnet , August 2, 2008 8:41 PM
    It's all about the software. Hardware is just a commodity.

    Just get the EMC Retrospect Express for $40 and an internal 750GB SATA drive from NewEgg for $100 and you all the power and features of the Iomega product, faster performance, double the storage for less than half the price. If you need it to be external get a $30 enclosure.

    If you want it to be 2.5" portable buy same EMC Retrospect Express software and a $175 500GB Acomdata PD500USE-BL 500GB
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    bobbknight , August 4, 2008 12:17 AM
    I sorry but these companies are in the market to sell their propitiatory media. A much better option for critical data backup management, would be a raid 6 redundant backup and a monthly dual layer DVD of that.
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2008 6:23 PM
    The idea behind both products is removable backup. Storing to an external hdd or raid is fine but is at risk due to disaster or a virus. Offline and offsite is a key component.