Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Back Up for Dummies from Dell

For all of $99, Dell will now provide you with a second 80 GB hard drive on some Dimension models. All your files are backed up continuously and, when the dreaded hard drive crash comes (as it eventually will) you're protected.

What's not to like? It's cheap enough, capacious enough for all but the most rabid file traders and probably as reliable as any electro-mechanical system can be. And it happens automatically, so Joe or Jane Consumer isn't troubled by administrative details they don't understand.

It's about time.


  1. Interesting approach by Dell, but flawed. The crashed drive will not boot Windows, so the files on the backup harddrive won't be very accessible until a replacement is delivered. Then, the used will have to reinstall Windows XP, followed by file restoration. Workable, but not a pretty picture.

    Recent Dell motherboards with the Intel 915-955 chipsets supports RAID 1 mirroring in hardware. That means the second 80 GB drive has Windows and everything else up to the moment. A crash of one drive means the system keeps running.

    I'd choose the RAID approach as it costs the same and involves much less work and time lost in dealing with a failure.

  2. I found further info here Dude, Dell does backup. The short story is, it is RAID 1.


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