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    Backup Software

    Anyone out there have a recommedation for a Backup System? We are currently using Backup Exec 8.0 for Win 2000/NT along with a Seagate Tape Drive. It is not consistent and often has the media hang on "loading media". I have to reboot the server, remove the tape and abort the job for it to release. This is becoming very annoying. Would like a backup system that is consistenly doing it's job. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Backup Software

    Hard to know whether it's hardware or software. I think we use an HP drive with BE.

    Backup Exec has gone through several iterations since version 8.0. Have you checked for patches? Reinstalled?

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    Re: Backup Software

    We have reinstalled it a couple times. I have not looked for any patches as I have been warned that sometimes these can cause problems.
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    Re: Backup Software

    Sometimes they cause problems, sometimes they fix problems, sometimes they fix more problems than they cause. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If you have the budget for an entirely new product, I guess you won't need to find out.

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    Re: Backup Software

    Is this a corporate system requiring offsite storage of backups? If not, maybe you should consider RAID. I've seen people that run a RAID configuration and do not run a backup at all (not a good idea IMHO). RAID maybe a good first step to avoid HD problems that will inevitably occur. Depending on your budget you could have external HDs a backup to them - perhaps a full and some number of incrementals to the same drive. Then swap external drives. Or run RAID and periodically backup to DVDs. The hardware & media for DVDs is becoming much more reasonable in price & they hold so much more than CDs. Most any backup software these days will write to CDs or DVDs.

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    Re: Backup Software

    These are backups that we take off site. Our backup is too large for a DVD or CD that is why we use Travan 20 GB tapes. It is just that the program itself, along with the Seagate drive are not consistent.
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    Re: Backup Software

    Might ask in newsgroup alt.backup-software.

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    Re: Backup Software

    We use Backup Exec 8.60 from Veritas using Tandberg hardware. This has proved very reliable, although setting up the jobs is not intuitive, However once the quirks are learned we find it works well.
    We have this installed on our Win 2000 file and print server, connected to 100+ users nationally, and backing up about 75 Gigs each night. A related smaller company also uses the same software.HTH
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