June 9th, 2005, 02:28 PM #1
Media! There's so much! where do you store it?
What do you all do with your backup media?
From month end and year end backups, system change-overs and system changes, old databases from years ago when your accounting system was still on DOS, etc... I have a box full CD's, DVD's, 4mm DAT tapes and 1/2 inch DAT tapes, one box at my house (off site) and one in the server room. There has to be a safer and more effective way to store all this DATA.
How do you keep your Data/Media off site?Eat, drink and be merry...
June 9th, 2005, 04:50 PM #2
The key here is data management.
First, don't keep data that you'll never use.
Second, make sure that the data is always in a format that you can use.
Finally, always keep your data on the latest medium that you use.
Management is a lot easier if you have a system and stick too it.
June 9th, 2005, 08:06 PM #3
Amen to that. The first step is learning to let go of what you really don't need. I've moved data from 5.25 disks to 3.5 disks. I then moved them to ZIP disks, tapes and finally CDs. I've not taken them to DVD yet, except my videos. This spanned several years, and as I moved to a different media, I zeroed out the old media and gave it away. I gave a ton of formatted 3.5 disks to my local school back in 1997. I got rid of stuff I no longer needed, and carefully cataloged what I did keep. Good luck!
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