Category: Back Up / Storage

Drobo Dashboard 2.0 Continued: Tools, Drobo Copy, Dashboard Preferences and Some Final Thoughts

I have been reviewing a Drobo in some form or fashion since December 2010.  Some reviews over at the Home Server Show and some here at the Average Guy.  The first part of this review can be found at Drobo Has a New Dashboard! Welcome Version 2.0 with a Drobo S and 5 Drives  In recent months, Drobo has released a new version of their dashboard (v2.0.3 updated for this review) for both their consumer and enterprise products.  For a company that is taking steps in the right direction when it comes to back up hardware, this software upgrade replaces

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Store Your Music in the Cloud? Installing the Amazon Cloud Player Uploader and get 5GB Free with 20GB after purchase.

Weeks ago, Amazon announced that it would begin to provide 5GB of cloud storage for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.  In its most practical application with the online storage of music, Amazon has now released a Windows Uploader that will allow you to easily upload multiple music files and folders to the cloud.  It does require an Amazon account, which is free.  You can sign up for an account here. Even better is the offer to up your storage to 20GB per year with the purchase of one mp3 album.  Now your music, both that which you have purchased (in

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Secure Data Deletion for the Average User

– by Rich O’Neil There’s been a lot of talk about secure deletion of data from a hard drive. How do you ensure that no one will ever read your personal data once you’ve decided to dispose of or repurpose a hard drive?  Maybe you want to hand down a hard drive to your kids but want to guard against them grabbing one of the many freely available data recovery utilities on the internet and taking a crack at your data. How do you deal with that? Are You Sure It Has Been Deleted? Everyone has their own idea about

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ioSafe Solo 1.5TB External Hard Drive Deal–$219 at RadioShack

I’ve talked about the ioSafe Solo many times at the HomeServerShow.com podcast.  The ioSafe Solo is a external enclosure that is both fire and water proof.  Pretty handy if you want to protect your data from a fire or flood in your home.  I don’t know about you, but a good majority of my computer equipment is in the basement and near the floor.  Since I live on a hill, I’m not too worried about flooding.  But, if the house caught fire, between the heat of the fire and the water it would take to put it out, I would

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ICY DOCK MB662US-2S dual bay 3.5 SATA to eSATA/USB 2.0

Disclosure: ICYDOCK provided this unit for testing purposes at no cost. The MB662US-2S is a dual bay hard drive RAID enclosure that can use two 3.5” SATA hard drives (in my case, 80 GB drives) with 6 different RAID configurations and both USB and e-SATA connectors.  A good looking case design, a fan speed controller and hard drive installation that requires no tools or kits rounds out the highlights of features. What’s in the box? Product Features: * MB662 Series fits 2x 3.5” SATA I/II hard drives for maximum storage and supports up to 4TB. * Plug & Play USB

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ioSafe Solo Install (Part 1) – At 1 TB, It Is The Real Deal!

After watching Dave burn his “evaluation” drive from ioSafe, I knew I had to have one.  No, I’m not going to burn mine, but I am going to install it on my Home Server as a back up drive and use it to store copies of my files and PC backups.  Safely and soundly. I purchased it from Amazon (full disclosure: ioSafe did nothing to influence this post) and saved almost $100 off the list price from ioSafe.com.  Right now it has free shipping (ordered it last Friday and got it the next Thursday – 6 days) and comes in

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