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 Post subject: Norton Security Suite
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:07 pm 
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Scott, do you recommend using Norton Security Suite for backing up one's hard drive?


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 Post subject: Re: Norton Security Suite
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:20 pm 
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No. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Norton Security Suite
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:59 pm 
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What would you personally recommend instead? Norton Ghost? I would prefer not to install a tape drive.


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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:03 am 
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When responding to the first question, for a second I thought you were joking since the Norton Security Suite is essentially Norton 360, but with all of the Backup and Restore functionality *removed*. So asking whether I'd recommend it for backup is like asking if I would recommend using a hammer to tighten some screws. <g>

Then of course I realized you must not have known that, which is why I provided a link to the product in my "No" answer, a link that you should have provided in your original question. Just like when asking about systems from major OEMs, I expect links to the source of any products one asks about, whether they be hardware or software. The mere act of providing those links makes one do basic research before posting a question, which will go a long way towards making the questions "better".

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What would you personally recommend instead?

I use and recommend Robocopy.

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I would prefer not to install a tape drive.

For backup hardware I recommend hard drives, not tape. I haven't used or recommended tape drives for well over a decade, as hard drive capacity and performance have greatly eclipsed tape. But if you want to backup a 160GB (or smaller) drive at half the speed of USB, you can get a nice DAT320 drive (faster/higher capacity tape drives are much more expensive). Oh, and don't forget the tapes, unfortunately each 160GB tape costs more than a complete stand-alone 320GB hard drive. <g>

Bottom line: I'd say tape is pretty much dead for SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) use.


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 Post subject: Re: Norton Security Suite
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:09 pm 
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I use and recommend Robocopy.
Scott, since Norton Ghost was mentioned, do you think Maxirad was asking about a full disk imaging solution (such as Acronis TrueImage) instead of a file back up utility?

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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:46 pm 
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I didn't think so, but you would have to ask him to be sure. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:30 pm 
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Evan wrote:

Scott, since Norton Ghost was mentioned, do you think Maxirad was asking about a full disk imaging solution (such as Acronis TrueImage) instead of a file back up utility?

Evan


Scott, what would you recommend: a file backup utility or a full disk-imaging solution?


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:03 pm 
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Do you already understand the differences in each approach? Depending on the software you use then the full image can also at as an individual file backup utility as well but there are more free file backup utilities available with more specific capabilities.

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:13 pm 
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For normal backups I use and recommend Robocopy, which is a file backup utility. Scott.


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