Portable Backup Solutions For Traveling

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 by Mistlee

Can't see any images? - !

Click to Play

WebProNews Week in Review
WebProNews takes a look back at some of the more interesting headlines and stories of the past week. Some topics covered are a few new Google features, lots of...

Recent Articles

Playing Around With Atoms To Store Data
What a fun day. IBM invited me over to its research building, where we moved atoms around with a tunneling electron microscope (among other things).I shot some videos with my Qik cameras while Rocky was setting...

Backup Your Windows Mobile Device For Free
If you ever try to upgrade the firmware on you Windows Mobile device (or install a custom/hacked/leaked ROM), you're always warned to backup your device before getting started. But how do you back it up? Most backup...

Backing Up Online
I recently had one of those "Aw, nuts" moments when my PC froze and wouldn't boot up after I powered it off. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get past the Windows...

Seagate Shows Off New Digital Content Solutions At CES
It seems Seagate has been very busy working on digital content solutions and at the Consumer Electronics Show, they had a slew of products to show off. "Consumers are creating and sharing more digital content than eve...

The End Of An Era
What is more surprising to you, that MTI quietly went belly up in October after 1100 years, or that they didn't go belly up in 1995 as you thought? They may not...

The Corsair 8GB "Survivor" GT Thumb Drive
It was less than a year ago that I bought a 256MB thumb drive and thought "man, lots of space, that'll be handy". In fact, I added my keys and made it my keychain. hen I decided it was too small and upgraded to a Lexar...

Gmail Storage Ticks Upward, Lags Yahoo, AOL
Google has given the storage counter for Gmail a little boost to its spin, but believe it or not they could be doing more. Not very long ago, storage on web-based email...


Portable Backup Solutions For Traveling

By Dave Taylor

If you travel as frequently as I do, you've probably learned a few things about life on the road, tips that help you avoid problems and ensure that fluffy pillows are the biggest complaint you have, not lost data or crashed laptops.

One of my favorite tips, one that I have seen people ignore with really terrible results more than once, is to never apply a security update, patch or other system change when you're away from your office. If it goes wrong, you're in big trouble and you don't have your local geeks around to help recover things.

The second rule of thumb is: back up your critical files before you leave on your trip and again at least once while on the road. Just in case.

That's why I was glad to have an extended trip to Hawaii as an excuse to try out a few different approaches to data backup. The candidates: A Corsair 32GB flash drive, a Western Digital 160GB Passport drive and Memeo's LifeAgent Internet backup system, all connected to my trusty MacBook Pro.

Each of these has different capabilities and strengths. The Internet backup solution seems like it should be the most transparent and if you're already using a 'net-based data backup solution in your office or home it should invisibly travel with you on the road too.

Unfortunately, while I have found Memeo's LifeAgent a good solution for local network disk backup in my office (I have a 1TB drive plugged into my wifi router) it didn't perform properly with Internet backup. In fact, I filed a bug with Memeo and they're debugging the app to try and figure out why if the program couldn't get to my network drive why it couldn't nonetheless proceed and utilize the Internet backup device too. No word yet, but I have a feeling that'll be quickly solved.

The 160GB WD Passport drive was a sweet solution in terms of storage size. The unit's only a little bigger than my Apple iPhone and has capacity to spare, even with the 1000+ multi-megabyte photographs I took in Hawaii. Heck, there's space for me to drop on some of my favorite movies too, so I could watch them when I was saturated on beach and pool.

Become An Inbox Favorite -
Download The Free White Paper

The biggest annoyance I had with the Passport was that it required me to carry a separate mini-USB cable. It came with one, about 6" long, but given the lovely design, it wasn't at all clear to me why they couldn't have tucked a tiny 3" USB jack into the device itself. Okay, it'd be a tiny bit larger, but the convenience of never having to dig through the inevitable rats nest of wires to find the mini-USB would be a big win. Indeed, I envision something like the Flip with its flip-out USB jack.

Street price for the 160GB Passport is about $90, so that's about $0.75/gig, which seems pretty good to me, considering I remember buying 20MB external drives for my first computers (yeah, and they were more than $90, I'll tell you that!). They also have a 320GB drive with the same slim form-factor if you need even more space.

It's yet a different sort of device, but I have to say that I really like the Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager drive. 32GB isn't as big as the Passport drive, but for a device that's no bigger than your pinkie, water resistant and doesn't need a separate cord, it's pretty darn sweet.

Continue reading this article.

About the Author:
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.

About StorageInsider
Enterprise storage strategies, news and reviews for IT professionals.

StorageInsider is brought to you by:

WebProNews.com Jayde.com
MarketingNewz.com SalesNewz.com
ActivePro.com InvestNewz.com
eCommNewz.com WebsiteNotes.com
AdvertisingDay.com ManagerNewz.com
SoHoDay.com CRMNewz.com

-- StorageInsider is an iEntry, Inc. publication --
iEntry, Inc. 2549 Richmond Rd. Lexington KY, 40509
2008 iEntry, Inc. All Rights Reserved Privacy Policy Legal

archives | advertising info | news headlines | free newsletters | comments/feedback | submit article

Unsubscribe from StorageInsider.
To unsubscribe from StorageInsider or any other iEntry publication, simply send an email request to: support@ientry.com
Storage News and Reviews Storage Insider News Archives About Us Feedback StorageInsider Home Page About Article Archive News Downloads WebProWorld Forums Jayde iEntry Advertise Contact