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Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008

Lessons learned from a laptop crash

It's cathartic for me to confess my stupidity publicly. I've written and edited articles for this magazine about the importance of data protection and the flakiness of disk drives for the past six-plus years, but I never backed up my laptop data. Like many other people I know, I thought a disk crash wouldn't happen to me. But after I suffered a recent catastrophic disk crash on my laptop, I started to seriously investigate laptop backup options. The solution had to fit my personality profile: lazy and forgetful. I discovered that there are numerous products geared toward home-office lone wolves like me. Rebit's Rebit, Seagate Technology's FreeAgent Pro and Maxtor OneTouch 4, and Western Digital's WD Passport, to name just a few, come with external hard drives of various sizes coupled with some type of backup software. All of these products but one require some kind of setup and restore process. The only setup Rebit--the product I'm currently using--requires is to plug in a USB cable; no installation, configuration, scheduling or...

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Features in this issue

  • Arrays score with both file and block storage

    Multiprotocol arrays that support block- and file-based storage through a single controller give users the best of both worlds: NAS for file-based information, and Fibre Channel or ISCSI block-based storage for databases and other transactional apps.

  • Case study: NY Mets add deduplication to roster

    With an extensive lineup of corporate data, photos and video, the Mets needed to recruit some backup help. The call went out for low-cost disk backup configuration, including deduplication and compression to reduce the amount of data to be backed up, as well as WAN optimization/acceleration to speed up the replication process. After much consideration, Data Domain was drafted for the job.

  • Ask the Expert:RAID rebuilds

    I run four 400GB SATA drives configured with RAID 5. I want to replace them with four 750GB drives. Can I rebuild and then swap individual drives?

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