Recent Articles

All Disk Drives Ultimately Fail – R.I.P. P1-D1

It happened this past weekend. The oldest drive in the Dr.Backup online backup storage network passed quietly into the darkness that is cyberspace. The oldest drive, or as we call it “P1-D1” (for Port 1, Drive 1) hard failed and had to be replaced. According to the writing on a slightly-faded label, P1-D1 began life... Read More

Backup of a Backup – Best Practices

Generally, if properly managed, an online backup can be the lifeline that helps a business prevent major data loss from an unplanned disaster.  After all, online backups are offsite and impervious to fire, flood, theft, etc. However, as in everything, there are some caveats. One such caveat I’d like to write about about involves the... Read More

Windows 8 Support for Early Adopters Here

I’m happy to report that our latest version of the Dr.Backup online backup client software (11.7.3) has been tested compatible with Microsoft Windows 8. You can now reliably use the backup client to protect business-critical files on Windows 8 Standard, Professional and Enterprise. The backup application continues to run off the traditional desktop or in... Read More

Sometimes Smart People Make Dumb Choices

In the past, I’ve written about the “S.M.A.R.T.” backup service Dr.Backup clients enjoy. SMART is an acronym for the major service components of a professionally managed backup service. These include Setup, Monitoring, Alerting, Restoring and Testing. These services, in addition to powerful software technology and secure online storage, are what helps ensure Dr.Backup personnel can... Read More

How Online Backup Can Help to Avoid a Disaster

A while back, I wrote about how a properly managed online backup service served much the same purpose as a coal miner’s canary. That is, when the canary stopped chirping, the miner’s lungs were likely filling with toxic gases…and it was time to take immediate action. Well, history continues to repeat itself. Recently, a Dr.Backup... Read More

Dr.Backup Annual Crabfeast

Most of the Dr.Backup family braved the 5+ mile backup on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and arrived hungry and thirsty at the Harris Crab House and Restaurant on beautiful Kent Island, Maryland…a stone’s throw from the bay. This happy bunch managed to devour: 4 dozen large crabs, 4 pounds of spiced shrimp, 6 orders of... Read More

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