If I need to make the quickest backups and the quickest restores of backups, which method is the fastest.
Here's a broad answer to your very broad question: The fastest way IN GENERAL to do backups would be to use a commercial product. They offer many performance-enhancing features like parallel data streams, multiplexing and support for extremely high-speed devices.
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