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Are You Prepared if your Hard Drive fails?

Tips to Help Secure Your Data
Imagine you wake up and go check your e-mail in the morning only to find that your computer has stopped working. Your hard drive has failed; you don’t have any backup system in place. All of your personal files, from tax returns to pictures of your loved ones to family videos, are gone forever. This scenario plays out all too often, why not take a few simple steps to protect yourself and avoid this from ever happening to you!

To help avoid this headache, there are many options available to store your data and to keep it secure. We are going to talk about a few of the options available to consumers today that provide ease of mind regarding the protection of your valuable files.

CD/DVD – This is an effective solution to backup some of your most important files. Most PC’s come with a CD/DVD Burner and it is simple with today’s operating systems to burn a disc with your important files directly to a CD/DVD and keep them in a safe place. Simply insert a blank CD/DVD into your burner and copy and paste the files onto the media folder. All computers that come with DVD or CD burners have burning software preinstalled on the computer which may help the user set a specific time to backup their data, specify which files are to be burned and many other options that vary from program to program. Now when it comes the type of DVD or CD that you need the user must know , the difference between the two media options are; CD’s typically hold 700MB of data and DVD’s can hold 4.7GB of data. This is sizable difference in storage space for about the same cost per disc. There are many types of DVD’s and CD’s that come with different surfaces for example there are White Inkjet Printable DVD’s, Silver Inkjet printable DVD’s many more. The same applies for CD’s as they also come with different surfaces and finishes that each suits the needs of a specific user. One more thing that should be considered when purchasing a disc is the writing speed that the drive can handle. Most modern burners support burning speeds as follows; for most DVD’s discs can be burned at a maximum of 16x for CD’s, writing speeds can go up to 48x. The end user should however, check with their drives manual to see the adequate writing speeds for the type of content that they are burning. The disadvantage to using this method of back up is that the CD/DVD’s burn fairly slowly and are not always universally compatible. Also, depending on the amount of data you are backing up, you may need many CD/DVD’s.

External Hard Drives – Manufacturers like LaCie, G-Technology, and ClickFree offer a simple solution to your storage problems with external hard drives that are reasonably priced. These hard drives are peripheral devices for your computer that usually connect though a USB 2.0 cable and offer “Plug and Play” capability. Some of these offer some customization as to how the drive backs up your data; these options are accessible via proprietary software built into the drives themselves. These drives come in a wide variety of capacities. They offer simple and effective methods to ensure that if you do have a hard drive failure or data loss, your data can be recovered easily. In terms of the data capacity that these drives offer, the aforementioned manufacturers have disk drives that range from 250GB up to 1 TB of space. It is up to the end user to determine which drive and what capacity they may specifically need as the range of different drives vary tremendously. As mentioned above, USB 2.0 is the one of the most recognizable methods to connect any peripheral device to a computer. However when it comes to External Hard Drives there are many new methods to which a drive can connect to a computer. These include:

  • FireWire connectivity
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ethernet connectivity

These drives are also subject to mechanical failure and will need to be replaced as part of your data management plan.

Network Attached Storage Device (NAS) –LaCie, Hewlett Packard and other manufacturers have been offering these devices for situations where multiple users need to store and access the same data. These devices are less cumbersome than traditional servers and have been geared to support small businesses and for the Tech savvy home. Through your home network you can connect one of these devices like LaCie d2 Network 2 or Hewlett Packard Storage Works Data Vault, where you can partition the drive and create a file server from which everyone who needs access to the data has it available to them. These devices are now wirelessly accessible and some offer the ability to store your data securely on the web to allow user total remote access to items stored on the drive. These, like traditional external hard drives, also have proprietary software that allows you to instruct the device to store your data at your convenience. These devices have become much less bulky recently. For using network attached storage it is still recommended that you have another set of back-up tapes/discs offsite so if something were to happen to the facility/home you have them in you could still recover your data.

Tape Drives – Tape Drives are a tried and true way to backup you data. They make backing up your files an easy to do automated task. You are only required to change the tape in the drive and store them securely to prevent loss from a catastrophe. Tapes have much larger capacities than CD/DVD’s; some drives offer as much as 3 TB of data with the compression feature. Most tape drives work with Windows Backup and the ones that don’t come with software that allow you to customize your backups.

Online Backup Service – Cloud services are now available to back-up your data on an off-site service. There are many of these available; Carbonite.com, Mozy, and HP Upline. They all offer essentially the same service. These programs use a software program that compresses the files then using a secure encryption transmits the files you to select and saves them on an off-site server. This is a very effective way to secure your data; most of the software packages allow you to schedule routine backups. The system does require a monthly fee to store your data and depending on the amount of data you are trying to store and the transfer times can often be slow. Online backup also requires an internet connection to use, so if you have to do a system restore but do not have any connectivity you are out of luck. Online storage services are a relatively new business and if the company you chose to store your data with goes out of business you might lose your backup. There are also some questions of privacy. You trust your data to a 3rd party that is subject to Cyber-Attack; you might have to deal with your data being stolen at some point. They also have limited capacities so if you are trying to store a large amount of data your cost will increase rapidly.

It is important to save your data and keep you personal information well protected as we vault into the digital age. If you back up your data properly, you’ll ensure that your business and personal files will never be lost.

LTO 5 Tape are HERE!!!!

The Tapeandmedia.com team is proud to bring you LTO 5 Tapes at Discount Prices!!!!

LTO 5 is the Tape Backup industries newest addition, it boasts an incredible 1.5 TB capacity almost double the LTO-4 capacity.  It is also fast with an uncompressed transfer rate of 140 MBps!!!  Data storgae and security is a high priority for a company of any size.

Tape is a low cost secure way to store ad manage your data archives.  Tapes are also portable, making them great for secure offsite back-up, offline backup, disaster recovery, data compliance and long-term archiving.
LTO-5 tape solutions can trim costs even further.  With hardware-based encryption, it can store up to 3 TB of data on a single cartridge in less than three hours.

All the major manufacturers are rolling out new tape library drives that utilize the latest in archiving and robotic technology.

Get your LTO-5 Tapes from Tapeandmedia.com

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Verbatim InSight Hard Drives

We are excited to carry the new Verbatim InSight Hard Drive!

For a portable hard drive that continuously displays available free space, take a peak at the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive with an Always On LCD that shows the drive’s available free space and personalized name. The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected and/or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC. Compatible with all USB connections, the InSight™ drive includes a USB 2.0 cable, a Quick Start guide and Nero BackItUp software that offer full system backup/restore functions and optional password security. Compact but big on storage capacity, the InSight™ drive is available in a sleek piano-black finish with capacities of 320GB and 500GB and carries a 7-year limited warranty. With an Always On display, the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive is a plug-and-play external drive that keeps you in the know – even when it’s disconnected.

Check out this great video on the InSight hard drive:


Features and Benefits

  • New! Extended 7-year limited warranty–same price!
  • Sleek piano-black finish adds style and elegance to your PC accessories
  • Features an Always On LCD that display’s a personalized drive name and available free space.
  • View the Always On LCD display without power
  • Identify drive and free space without connecting to a PC
  • Includes Nero BackItUp software*
  • Package Includes: InSight™ Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide

* Software compatible with Windows operating systems only.

System Requirements
USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

Get yours today on our website here

HP Storage Works X510 DataVault

New Product: The HP X510 Data Vault.

HP’s latest storage solution! This product delivers all the simplicity and efficiency you desire in your IT infrastructure without the IT department!!!!

HP announces the release of a new Data Storage Solution geared to the small business and home user. With a price point below $1000 HP’s new X510 Data Vault is ideal for Small Businesses that don’t have an IT staff. It supports upto 10 PC’s or Mac’s and is accessible via wireless connection through your local network and provides up to 6.5TB of storage.

HP also provides you with a 1 Year remote access contract with TZO.com. This allows you to access your data via a secure personalized URL.

The X510 Data Vault uses Windows Home Server a package that is designed for users who don’t want to rely on “Professional” IT support or have a complicated IT infrastructure.

This product is ideal for home and small business users with up to 10 PC’s or Mac’s that allows for centralized storage of files, automatic back-up and the sharing of files. “Store It, Secure It! Share It!”

The X510 does everything that you could want out of a data storage package.

  • It Safeguards your data easily and cost effectively
  • Lets you share data remotely or locally
  • Delivers Complete system protection, including OS and all software and files
  • Secures data in a centralized location with multiple codes
  • Automatic backup of data
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer with a warranty

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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Disc.

We are now stocking LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Disc.

The exclusive creation of world-renown designer Neil Poulton, this portable storage solution offers the supreme speed of FireWire 800 along with FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Conveniently bus-powered and plug & play, it’s ideal for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange on the go. Simply plug it into just about any computer anywhere for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange. Its unique scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make the LaCie Rugged Hard Disc especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection along the road of your adventures.

You can view this product on our web site on the following page: http://www.tapeandmedia.com/lacie_external_hard_drives.asp

Imation RDX Removable Hard Disc System

Are you using Travan, DDS, 4mm, 8mm or some other old tape format for your backups? Are you ready to upgrade? If so then the Imation RDX system is something you should consider.
Imation’s RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System makes your data backup easier, faster, more reliable and more secure. Its enterprise-class features provide the data protection of large IT data centers, so it can support your company as it grows, and all at an affordable price.
The Imation RDX Removable Storage System is designed to protect your business’s valuable assets. It uses a rugged, removable disk cartridge and docking station that backs up just like a tape drive. Yet its speed makes it a smart replacement to 8mm, VXA and DLT performance tapes. In fact, the Imation RDX Storage System is able to back up more than 125GB of data per hour and allows you to access files instantly. Cartridge capacities range from 40GB to 300GB, making storage options extremely flexible. And you’ll never run out of storage space, simply add more removable cartridges as your data needs expand.

LTO 4 Tapes

In an effort to keep up with burgeoning storage demands and shrinking backup windows the LTO 4 tapes are now in the market. LTO-4 tapes offer a nativecapacity of 800 GB and compressed capacity of 1.6 TB (1600 GB). This is double the capacity of LTO 3 tapes. Click here to see LTO 4 tapes on our web site.

Current prices are around $100/tape but expect prices to decrease somewhat over the next year.

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