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O&O DiskImage 4 $9.95

To get you started on that backup strategy here is the latest version of O&O DiskImage and even better that you can get it for the staggeringly low price of $9.95. Seriously, how can you say no to $10 for software that can backup your entire drive and makes it so easy to switch from one hard drive to another?

Included in the price is the software itself, an ISO image so you can make your own boot CD and you’ll also get one in the mail. You’ll be able to boot from the CD to make backups and restore images.

Highlights

Visual display of hard disk usage
Handles Microsoft Virtual Disks (VHD)
Tray Icon to inform you of service and task statusNew
Additional compression type (BZIP)
Differential images (also automatic)
Advanced burning functions to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD
Job assistant for automatic and regular images
Creates system images during operation
Start CD for easy restoration of entire Windows operating systems
Incremental and direct forensical images possible
1:1 copies of drives (cloning)

O&O DiskImage 4

And don’t forget to use the coupon code – ZG8-P95-8X5 – to get an extra $10 off the price.

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Behold the power of my new web server!

A little over two years ago I put together a web server to host my blog and images. That little server has been running non-stop for almost two and a half years now and during that time it has come to host several different blogs, forums and picture galleries. Although underpowered (by modern standards) it has been a trooper and has served me admirably.

But over the Christmas break I put together a new server, using a more powerful even though somewhat dated machine. The original machine is a PIII 700mhz with a gig of ram.

Go ahead and laugh. The machine was kick ass back in 2000 when I built the thing. Dual processors and 1GB of ram was a rarity in those days. Now cellphones and DVD players have as much processing power.

I have leftover machine parts all over the place, so it was easy to bring up another machine. I chose an Intel Celeron 2.5Ghz machine as my new server. Go ahead and laugh again, but I’m not trying to build some crazy scalable datacenter used by hundreds of people. I just want a blog and a place to host images, so this will be more than adequate.

Since the machine is EIDE, (you remember that format right?) I have several extra drives which I can use with it. The boot drive is 80GB and I gave it a backup drive of 120GB. And since I can buy old EIDE drives for the cost of gum, I have plenty of hardware for this rig.

It was light on the memory so I ordered up 2GB of ram which just arrived last night. I spent the break installing Windows 2003 Server Web Edition (same as the current server) and transferring everything over.

Windows 2003 is already several years old so it would be cool to use Windows 2008, but since I don’t actually have Windows 2008 yet I didn’t use it. And since the hardware I’m using is closer to 2003 vintage it seemed a better idea to match up the hardware with the OS. No reason to get the sexy new OS and put on old hardware. That would be like sticking a hot bikini model in a Pinto. You might be able to make that word, but what are you going to get out of the deal?

While it may not be uber powerful with quad or even dual cores, I should get at least two years worth of service out of this rascal before I feel the need to upgrade again. The server has actually been running or a couple days now and it looks like things are going pretty well. And by well I mean nothing has crashed.

2009 will kick off with a brand new server that has 4 times the power of the original machine. It may be old and certainly won’t raise any eyebrows for it’s processing power, it will keep things running along very nicely. And I did all of this with about 1 minute of downtime as I switched the network cables over and put the new ram in last night. Didn’t notice anything did ya? I’m stealthy like that!

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1 Terabyte=$200

1 Terabyte=$200

Today I realized I’m running out of space on the drive I store all my photos on. I’m currently using a 250GB to store all the photos, edits, and any other changes. There is currently 4 years worth of photos on there and who knows many individual files. I would bet I have taken about 30,000 pictures between the three cameras I own.

I have also come to realize I’m not backing these files up like I should be. I have been making copies to DVD from time to time, but it would take over 60 DVDs to back all these images up now. I’m not willing to spend the time sitting there popping 60+ discs in and out of this machine.

It became clear I needed another drive so I could just back the whole thing up at once – one drive to hold the originals, one drive as a mirror of the first. Probably going to be slow on this first copy, but at least I don’t have to watch over it.

But while out shopping for drives I came across a 500GB drive for $99 – an external unit – even more impressive. This will give me room to copy the drive plus room to expand. I ended up buying two so I can now copy all the images to the new drive (which has more room) and create a backup of this new storage point.

They are both external drives which means I don’t have to mess with opening the case to install them. It’s not that I don’t know how, it’s just that I don’t want to. Every time I pop open the case and do something new, there is always a glitch, something I didn’t count on. I want this to be as simple as process as possible. I just want to back up my images and not spend time going back to get the right cable or the right power splitter or some other stupid oversight on my part.

I also think it’s a pretty impressive thing technology wise to be able to go out and buy a terabyte of storage for a home computer. I mean I remember 5 ¼ inch floppy discs that held 100k on them and now to think I have 1TB sitting on my desk. Of course by this time next year 1TB will seem paltry as 16GB cards come out for cameras and thumbdrives. Double digit terabyte drives will be the norm and I’ll have the same problem of how do I back all this stuff up…

But for now, $200 for 1TB of storage is pretty damn impressive.


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