Vista backup best practice?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Tony Linguini, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. I have been using Vista backup for a year and have 12 dvds from it. Can any
    of these be tossed? Do I have to manually do a full backup every so often?
    Thank you
    Tony Linguini, Jan 7, 2008
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  2. Tony Linguini

    Bob Guest

    You can safely toss all but the last backup.

    You can schedule Vista to automatically backup. Frequency would depend on
    how often you add or edit whatever.
    Bob, Jan 8, 2008
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  3. Tony Linguini

    Luc Guest


    I would sya that there is two process involve from what i read of your

    Backup Issue

    Archive issue

    It is very important that you make the difference between those two. Most of
    the poeple mix the two, both have different point of view for the way we
    handel the information.

    If you talk about twele DVD i assume you are talking about backup. This
    action is to recover from a crash of the hardware. So their is no need to to
    keep them. Only the most recent is essential.

    On the other hand if you want to keep information on the long run we talk
    Archive, this mean we want to save information for the long run.

    If we whant to go depther their is a third process betwwen those two that is
    Storage. Meaning that it is intent to give acess ( live acess) over a certain
    period of time (ex 3 month, 6 month one year etc...) Once the time delay is
    pass file/information is store in a place where if informatin is not acess
    anymore it will be archive.

    Live acess equal usually a hard drive direcly connet to the network that you
    can acess easily.

    The contrary of that will be offline acess that could be on cd/dvd/tape or a
    in betwwen stage that will be USB hard drive not connect to the network. So
    on a per base usage we connect harddrive to gain acess to information but
    eventually information on that USB drive will be transfert fo a longterm
    storage to another media that is usually DVD.

    P.S. Do not forget to rewrite your dvd one every two to five year to keep
    the integrety of the information on the dvd. (depending of the importance of
    the data this ould be done evry 10 year also). This process is call
    refreshing archive.

    Little more that what was ask but i thing this could be a nice to take a
    peak at the process..

    Here a brief resume of the lifecycle data. Time for each stage of the life
    cycle will vary for each individual and organisation.

    creation of the data----> acess on a period of time to work with data--->
    backup data ( on one day, week or monthly basis)---->store data (usually we
    look at the legal time we must keep data like credit card bill we keep it one
    or two year)---->archive data (long periode of time)---->Delete the data (
    this part involve some sentimental attachement :):):):))
    Luc, Jan 8, 2008
  4. Tony Linguini

    MegaDETH Guest

    Be very careful if you only keep one backup copy. If you buy crap media
    the chance that the backup is corrupted can be high and some media with
    degrade in a year or less.

    If your data is important use quality media like Verbatim or Taiyo
    Yuden or use both.

    I don't trust backing up directly to DVD to many chances of problems
    later on, I use Acronus and store a extra copy on a USB hard drive.

    Just something to think about.


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