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Offsite Backup – Most Definitely a Computing Essential

Offsite backup of critical computer files is often referred to as a “computing essential”. If digital information is important to you and your organization, you need to take responsibility for making sure that it is safely backed up offsite. When a failure occurs, and data is lost, there are no excuses. Sometimes, its good to... Read More

Hope you’ve got that computer backed up buddy!

Many small business owners think that they are saving money by not having a quality offsite backup solution such as Dr.Backup. But are they really? Well, let’s first get the obvious out of the way. If a business isn’t protecting their critical data by regularly taking a copy of their current files offsite, they are... Read More

What’s the Next Backup “Mousetrap” Gonna Be?

Seems almost weekly that some new technology comes along claiming it is going to forever change — or revolutionize — the backup industry. The proverbial “better backup mousetrap”. First there was tape. Then floppy disks. Then zip drives. Then CD/DVDs. Then the portable hard drives. Then Network Attached Storage and thumb/flash drives. Now, special-purpose appliances... Read More

More on External Disk Storage

Back in late 2011, I wrote about the use of low-cost NAS devices as mission critical file shares. That blog post generated quite a bit of discussion with our Pro-Partner technicians around the country. While most agreed with the premise of the article, several others asked a related question: If my client is running low... Read More

Aren’t All Online Backup Services Really the Same?

At first glance, it would seem that most online backup services are pretty-much the same. They provide software you load on your computer to identify files for backup. They establish an Internet connection to a cloud-based storage server. Finally, they transmit an encrypted version of your data to off site storage for safe-keeping. So, all... Read More

Does your online backup service sing like a canary?

 Canaries were once regularly used in coal mines as an early warning system. Toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the mine would kill the bird before it affected the miners. Because canaries tend to sing much of the time, they would stop singing prior to succumbing to the gas – therefore... Read More

Should you Trust the MTBF on a Disk Drive?

When you read the specifications on most modern disk drives, you’ll likely come across a statistic called MTBF. MTBF is the “Mean Time Between Failure” or the average time before the device is likely to fail. Disk drives usually carry an MTBF of over 1 million hours. Given that there are 8,760 hours per year,... Read More

Why we Proactively Monitor your Online Backup

Each month, Dr.Backup clients perform over 70,000 backup jobs resulting in millions of files being transferred onto our storage servers. Overall, the process runs very smoothly. However, not every scheduled backup progresses to a successful completion. Sometimes jobs don’t start. Other times, a file or folder will “error out” and fail to transfer. I estimate... Read More

Local USB Backup Gone Bad – A True Story

Needless to say, Dr.Backup‘s back office computers perform nightly online backups of our business-critical data files. However, in addition to the off-site backups, we also depend on a local backup to periodically snap an image of our critical systems. One of our back office computers runs Microsoft Windows Server 2008. It’s a fairly new server... Read More