To mirror your backup data, you will
need mirror. Your mirroring equipment should have
at least the same storage capacity as your Backup Storage Group. You can always use a mirror hard drive with more storage capacity than
your Backup Storage, but you cannot use a smaller capacity hard drive.
When you can mirror to a hard drive or appliance that is portable, you
can fulfill your off-site storage disaster recovery strategy.
You can mirror to a removable hard drive or to a
disk storage appliance. A removable
hard drive is created when a standard hard drive is installed inside a cage that
can be easily pulled from the computer case. A disk storage appliance is a self-contained hard drive in a box that
connects to your computer via USB, FireWire, or a standard network connection.
When you decide that you would like to mirror
your backup data, you can mirror to:
removable hard drive on the same computer,
removable hard drive on a different computer,
hard drive on a separate computer.
Mirroring to a Removable
Hard Drive on the Same Computer
An economical way to comply with your company’s off-site storage
initiativeis to install a removable hard drive
on the same computer running your Backup for Workgroups Backup Server. With a removable hard drive on the same computer, you could mirror the
Backup Server data to the removable drive and take the mirror off-site at the
end of each workday. Add new drives
that can be inserted into the removable drive cage to create backup rotation. Rotating the removable mirrors provides another layer of protection
because one copy can always be stored off-site.
Mirroring to a Removable
Hard Drive on a Different Computer
You do not need to install your
removable media on the same computer running your Backup Server. The mirror can exist on any computer on your network that can be accessed
through a share point available to the Backup Server.
Typically, you will find it necessary to power
down the computer holding the removable drive before removing or rotating the
media. You may want the removable
mirror media installed on a different computer to avoid powering down the Backup
Mirroring to an Appliance
Several third-party vendors offer
plug-and-play storage appliances with large data capacity at attractive prices. Typically, these are small, stand-alone hard drives that attach to your
computer through USB or FireWire, or they may connect to your network. You may decide to mirror your backup data to one of these storage
appliances. These devices are handy because
you can plug them in, perform the mirroring process, and unplug them to take
off-site if desired.
Mirroring to Another
You may already have servers that are
being backed up by a third-party backup tool. You can use Backup for Workgroups to aggregate your backup data and mirror it to a server that is covered by this backup plan. To take advantage of your existing solution, use Backup for Workgroups to
mirror your Backup Storage data to a share point located on one of these