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Discussion in 'a la mode (TOTAL)' started by Benjamin Singleton, Jun 16, 2005.

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  1. Benjamin Singleton

    Benjamin Singleton Junior Member

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    Oct 20, 2004
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    If you simply copy the whole "Win2000" folder to an external hard drive, you've just backed up everything involving Wintotal? Does anyone see a flaw in doing this, or are there other folders you should back up?

    .....never wanted to pay for "Vault".
     
  2. MS Rebel

    MS Rebel Senior Member

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    Aug 27, 2004
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    When I researched backing up - Wintotal suggested the entire thing be backed up. So when I bought my new computer, I bought the dvd writer and now can back up the entire program .... plus a lot more.

    It's better than paying the vault. However, it is better to keep a copy in another place in case of fire, theft or something like that.

    Rhonda
     
  3. Rick Neighbors

    Rick Neighbors Senior Member

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    Jan 19, 2002
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    I tried the vault system, for a while, but my dial up internet connection was way too slow!

    So now, I burn CD's, and take them to my safe deposit box at my local bank. My box is full of CD's now.

    I now have wireless internet, so I may try the vault again, if I can justify the added cost.

    Rick
     
  4. Mister Ed

    Mister Ed Senior Member

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    Jan 24, 2004
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    Benjamin,

    When we bought a new server, we contacted wintotal about the best way to install and copy data to the new server.

    They said (in summary) to connect the old server to the new server on the fastest network connection we could get going and start the process. 2.5 years of reports, photos, etc took about 16 hours to fully copy.

    That knowledge is for what it is worth to you. It comes with no guarantees.

    -ed-
     
  5. Brian P Kennedy

    Brian P Kennedy New Member

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    Jan 17, 2007
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    I am using Alamode Athena Wintotal and bought an external hard drive 60 gb Maxtor mini drive. I copied the files for everything Wintotal Alamode and now am trying to set up a new laptop. I have the software for Alamode on my new notebook computer,but can't figure out how to to now open and bring my backed up files back off the external hard drive and now onto my new computer. Any ideas, since I did a search of the Alamode site and didn't find alot of suggestions or ideas other than to buy the vault and exact.
     
  6. John Sokol

    John Sokol New Member

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    Apr 30, 2003
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    Brian, I am just thinking outloud here. But if you want to use the backup up files on your Maxtor drive, you might need to install the software that came with the external drive on the new laptop and then network or connect to the external drive and then run through the restore process. One thought, Why dont you just connect the laptop to the computer with orininal Wintotal files and than just copy the files that way? Could be a little quicker, just a thought since I dont know how you have things configured.

    Good Luck!
     
  7. xmrdfghap

    xmrdfghap Senior Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
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    We have multiple backups. Although we don't use ala mode, we do use adobe. All research is printed to pdf and all photos, research, maps, clickform files, etc are kept in the file.

    Our computer set up is three notebooks and a desktop. They are set up on a wireless network and our internet is through Hughes.net. All our computers communicate with each other. We use one printer, a cheap Canon, for the rare hard copy we need to print. Usually we have to install new cartridges as they tend to dry out between printing. The Desktop has a DVD RW and two large (200 gig) hard drives.

    We then run "Karen Replicator" a couple of times a day. (http://www.karenware.com/powertools/powertools.asp) This shareware allows you to preset a time where data is cloned from one computer to the next. So twice a day each of the notebooks are copied back and forth. (My notebook copies to Annemieke's, then Annemieke's copies back to mine) One that is accomplished, Annemieke's will copy to the other notebook, mine will copy to the E drive. Once those are finished, the E drive copies to the C drive around midnight.

    This provides 5 duplicate files on site. Around midnight, we do an FTP to an off site (we rented space from godaddy...about 100 Gigs for around $60 a year.) 2004 total files were about 2 Gig. 2005 total files were about 4 Gig. 2006 total files were close to 8 gig. Assuming we continue to grow in that manner, we can expect 2007 to be 16 gig, 2008 at 32 gig......at that point 2004 will be deleted. And if we have to have more space than that, it is relatively cheap and easy to add.

    Karen Replicator, unlike windows explorer, will overwrite, automatically, if the file is newer and has the same name. Only files in the YTD folder are FTP'd to the server, and only files that are complete are put in the YTD folder.

    In short, our file structure is c:/2007 with all of the active files in this folder. Competed files are put into C:/2007 YTD folder. C:/2007 is transfered between notebooks and the E drive of the desktop. C:/2007 YTD files are transfered to all notebooks and C and E drives on the desktop and are FTP'd to the remote server. As all this is done automatically, it is all done in the background and does not take more than one or two minutes of our time two or three times a week. But that gives us 5 copies on site and one copy off site.

    When the Terrabyte hard drives come out, we may rethink the off site server.......
     
  8. Anthem

    Anthem Senior Member

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    Mar 10, 2004
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    I back up the entire folder and use vault / exact. Although I have had no problems you may want to give them a call as I heard that some files might not be copied over due to the SQL database. But if you copy the folder I guarantee you the reports will be copied.
     
  9. erick anderson

    erick anderson Senior Member

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    Mar 29, 2006
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    Hey Greg, you've publicly given a potential hacker/cracker a very good headstart for breaking into your system. LOL
     
  10. xmrdfghap

    xmrdfghap Senior Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
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    And they get what? work files?
     
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