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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Creating a Backup Strategy

Backing up is a chore; if the process is too inconvenient, it's a chore that you'll tend to neglect. Therefore, a big part of creating a backup strategy is simplifying the process and automating as much of it as you can.

To create a backup strategy, you have to know the following information:

  • How much data is there to back up? The amount of data is a big factor in choosing a backup drive; you want to change the tape or disk as few times as possible during the process. If most of your backup jobs require only one tape or disk, you can schedule them to run unattended—a great feature.

  • How much time to you have to back it up? For a home computer, time is usually not a factor in backing up. You can simply start the process and go about doing other things. In an office environment, however, you may have a limited amount time to back up your data. If you have a lot of data to back up, and a short time to do it in, then you'd better get a faster backup drive.

  • How often do you have to back it up? The frequency of your backups should depend on how often you change or create new files and how important they are. For some people, a weekly full backup is sufficient. Others may have new data that they want to back up every night; in some cases, you may want to back up sensitive data every hour.

There are several different types of backup jobs, which you can combine to form your backup strategy.

Full Backups

A full backup (which Backup calls a Normal backup) is a complete ...

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