From bobrankin@MHV.NET Fri Feb 27 22:25:45 1998
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 00:31:32 -0500
From: Bob Rankin 
Subject: TOURBUS - 10 Feb 1998 - Even Better Backups

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           TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Even Better Backups

Hi All,

Today the World's Largest Bus is going to back up to the topic of
backups.  I got a BUNCH of messages from Tourbus readers about how
they do backups, so for completeness, I'm going to share some of
those interesting ideas today.

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In my "Better Backups" issue on 1/27, I wrote about tape drives,
removable hard disks, and modem-based backups.  Here are some other
alternatives you should consider:


  I wrote that tape backups are not so convenient because you can't
  directly access files on the tape like you can with a disk.  But
  with some special software, it turns out you can.  Check out
  Seagate Direct Tape Access (for Win95 - or Tape-It
  from PGSoft (Win3.x -  Basically, this lets you
  use your tape drive as a very slow hard disk, but you can list,
  copy and open files like usual.


  In addition to the high-capacity Iomega Jaz and the Syquest SyJet
  drives, check out the new Syquest SparQ.  It costs $200, and uses a
  1-Gig cartridge that goes for about $30.  This makes the SparQ a
  MUCH better price-performer than Jaz ($100/1-Gig Cartridge) or the
  SyJet ($80/1.5-Gig Cartridge).  So unless you already have one
  installed, or need to share data with a friend who has one of them,
  the SparQ looks like a much better value.  For details, visit
  Syquest at

  And if you're willing to wait a few months, you can try the
  CastleWood Orb Drive.  The Orb is supposed to retail for about $199
  and have a 2.1 GB removable cartridge which will retail for $30.00.
  Additionally, there will be a 4.7 GB cartridge which will be
  available for about $60.00 in late 1998.  For more info on this
  drive, see

  One reader also mentioned the Summatec MobileDrive, which has a
  capacity of up to 3-Gig and a blazing fast 16.7 MB per second
  transfer rate.  For info, see


  Some Iomega Zip drive users are reporting a problem that has come
  to be known as the "click of death." In some cases, their Zip
  drives refuse to read disks and instead produce a loud clicking
  sound.  The problem affects the drive, the disk in it at the time,
  and other disks inserted later.  If this happens to you, the disk
  will be permanently unreadable.

  But wait...  this just in.  A message on the Unofficial Iomega
  Click of Death Mailing List (see reports that putting the
  afflicted disk IN THE FREEZER for a few hours, and allowing it to
  warm to room temperature cured the problem!  Your mileage may vary,
  but I can't see any harm in trying it.


  Install a second hard disk, either internally or in an external
  carrier.  They're cheap now, and you can do a backup in a very
  small amount of time.  But beware: If you use the DOS XCOPY command
  to archive your data, you'll have to handle "hidden" files

  CDROMs - either CD-R (a write-once disk) or CD-RW (rewriteable) may
  suit your needs.  You'll have to cough up $400-500 for the
  hardware, but the disks are ridiculously cheap at $2-$4 for 650MB
  of storage.  PRO: If you spill your Jolt on a CD, it's no big deal
  to clean it.  CON: You need a bunch of them to back up a large hard


  One person wrote to tell me about another modem-based backup system
  called RBACKUP from Quantum Tech.  Turns out these folks have been
  in the remote backup business for over a decade, and are recognized
  leaders in the field.  By contrast to the other products I've
  reviewed here, RBACKUP is designed to backup other people's data -
  not your own - using a modem.  I checked out the RBACKUP website,
  chatted with company founder Rob Cosgrove, and came away impressed.

  Over 3500 people around the world use RBACKUP to provide data
  backup service to small businesses, as a part or full-time job.
  All you need is a modest 486 computer with modem, some basic
  computer knowledge, and the RBACKUP BizKit to get rolling.  The
  backups are all automated, and the client doesn't have to fuss with
  tapes or invest in any hardware to secure their data.

  It's definitely not a get-rich-quick type of thing, but if you're
  looking for a legitimate home-based enterprise that has nothing to
  do with vitamins, phone cards, chain letters, or cleaning products,
  this could be it.  RBACKUP was even recommended by Paul & Sarah
  Edwards, the well-known self-employment gurus, as an excellent

  Oh, and Mr.  Cosgrove told me that he's willing to offer TOURBUS
  riders a $25 discount on RBACKUP, if you visit this "secret" web
  page in the next few days:

  Check it out, and if you decide to try RBACKUP, drop me a line in a
  few months to let me know how things work out!  See you next time.

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