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Future: Backup with an Iomega 120GB REV drive?

Iomega has announced they will be releasing a 120GB REV drive. Currently the largest one they offer has a capacity of 70GB according to the official site: http://www.iomega.com/direct/main/target.jsp?family=rev

What is a REV drive?
A REV drive works similar to an old fashion floppy disk drive. There is the disk drive, and then there are the REV disks (also known as ) onto which the data is stored. The REV drive offers the speed (up to 35MB/second) and flexibility of a hard drive, but with the removability of the tape based storage. Unlike tapes, the cartridges are maintenance-free, and can be rewritten about a million times.

Apparently the yet-to-be released new model will work with REV disks of a 120GB capacity, as well as the older disks for previous models. The REV drive comes with backup and data recovery software, it also works with third-party software. At the moment a 70GB drive costs $554.95, and 70GB disk costs $69.00.

Why REV drives?
When it comes to storing, reading, and editing data, the REV drives are faster than high capacity tapes, and they have a much longer shelf life (about 30 years). Also, it is very easy to take the drives off-site. As the amount of data in the world increases, the need for higher capacity storage increases.

Who could use a REV drive?
One of the main uses for these drives would for backing up and archiving of large amounts of data.
The REV drives are aimed for the storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Everything from medical practices to design firms.  read the rest of this article »

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Off-site Data Storage Contractor Lost Personal Backup Data

Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOFA) uses Data storage contractor "Iron Mountain" for storing off-site backups of their important data. LOFA was recently notified by Iron Mountain that they had lost a backup media containing personal information of students. Some of the information lost included names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and possibly some financial records.
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Backup with Mac OS X, Leopard

The latest version of Mac OS X, known as "Leopard", comes with a backup application called "Time Machine", which makes creating and storing backups easy.

The "Time Machine" utility allows users to browse through virtual time, and see what there computer files looked in the past, and find any lost or corrupted files.

"Time Machine" can create backups on to any connected HFS+ formatted FireWire or USB drive. It can also backup to another Mac running Leopard.
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HP Pocket Media Drive for Backup?

HP have released the "HP Pocket Media Drive". Basically a storage device which comes with storage, and backup software.
It comes in 3 sizes, 80gb, 120gb, and 160gb. The product is aimed at the home user, or business person who stores a lot of files, such as music, photos, and videos. The main benefit is the size and portability.
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Thieves can take your on-site backup

News Story:
Movie producer and writer Francis Ford Coppola (famous for films such as the Godfather trilogy) fell victim of theft. He lost computers and his backup device. The value of those was relatively small compared to the data stored on them.  He apparently lost files created over a span of 15 years, including writings and photographs. He has made a public appeal to the thieves to return the backup device.   read the rest of this article »

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Google.com has released an extension (Google Browser Sync) for users of the Firefox browser that allows them to backup their bookmarks, passwords, profiles, themes, etc. in their Google account. So users can access all there browser data with any computer, at any time. Any changes are synchronized automatically. More info at:
http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/browsersync/

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