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Archive for the Backup Category

10.11.2013

Hard disk failure rates and the importance of backups

About hard disks Anyone who’s been in the IT industry long enough knows hard drive fail. A typical hard disk drive consists of a motor, spindle, platters, read/write heads, actuator and electronics It has one or more platters – or disks – and each platter usually has a head on each of its sides. These […]

10.29.2012

Shadowprotect bare metal restore virtual to physical

The Best Practices Guide covers the methodology to adhere to when performing a Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) or a restore of any volume for that matter. HIR is the process of recovering a system from one set of hardware to another set of hardware, or to a virtual environment. You can perform a HIR to […]

06.16.2012

How to do a manual backup of VMWARE machine for free

Load a client that can use sftp like filezilla http://filezilla-project.org/download.php Connect to your VMWARE system as root To see the location of the vmdk If you are running vsphere client, Edit Settings

05.23.2012

Resize shadow protect image to fit on a smaller destination drive

In the Recovery Environment: 1. Boot the latest Recovery CD into the Recovery Environment as of the 4.1.x either environment will work. 2. Mount the image you wish to restore as writable. (This is also called Exploring the Backupi) You will find the Explore Backup option in the left hand menu under Tasks. To mount […]

03.15.2012

Offsite full server backups using shadow protect

Up until recently we have been selling a traditional offsite backup program where you just send your files offsite each night. In the event of a disaster you need to rebuild the server and then download all of the data off the backup server. This is good for a small amount of data but not […]

10.4.2011

Backup virtual machine in hyperv using windows backup

To backup a virtual server using windows backup you first need to add the hyperv writer. To do this you can either edit the registry as below or download the microsoft fix it tool from-

05.19.2011

Copy all drivers from existing system for rebuild and keep drivers up-to-date

http://www.innovative-sol.com/drivermax/ DriverMax is a new-

12.23.2010

High profile data centre and computer service outages in 2010

Here’s an interesting article showing the importance of having adequate surge protection and uninterruptable power supplies – along with sufficient onsite and offsite backups. http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/12/22/2010-the-year-in-downtime/ To this for Australian major outages we would have to add the NAB debarcle in November http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239725,nab-it-outage-cuts-payments.aspx And CBA in August http://www.itnews.com.au/News/230464,commbank-blames-outage-on-security-update.aspx For power protection we always recommend to clients […]

11.15.2010

Free Download Data Recovery Software Data Backup Software and Partition Manager Software

Highly rated by cnet todobackup is free drive imaging backup software EASUS also provides a range of free software for restoring and recovering deleted files, recovering and resizing hard drive partitions http://www.easeus.com/download.htm

06.18.2010

Free utility to restore overwritten or deleted partition table testdisk

This one is a keeper http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk I accidentally tried to install Ubuntu over my 500gb data disk. It deleted the NFTS partition then wrote its own ext4 file systems to the disk. Fortunately it died with an error then I realised my mistake. The lovely folk over at expert sexchange referred me to this tool. […]