Highly Reliable Systems: Removable Disk Backup & Recovery


15 Reasons to use Backup NAS vs Generic NAS

[15ReasonsNASvsDAS.pdf] - October 16th, 2013

Pros and Cons of DAS, Generic NAS, and Specialty NAS for Backup. Network Attached Storage and Backup NAS vs. Direct Attached Storage  

Booting Directly From High-Rely media into ShadowProtect Recovery

[ShadowProtect_Boot.pdf] - December 19th, 2011

One of the more popular backup software packages is StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect. This document discusses preparing an emergency recovery environment using that software that will work with any USB 2.0 connected Highly Reliable Systems backup product.

Backup Bottlenecks in Windows Servers

[CommonBackupBottlenecksTE2.pdf] - February 21st, 2011

Increasing the speed of a backup is like finding the proverbial “weak link in the chain.” Because our products operate in an interdependent system, removing one bottleneck can cause another. The following list introduces some areas to consider when you experience long backup times. Some … Continue reading

Doing “over-the-wire” (internet based) backup and Data De-duplication with the HRS 201 BNAS.

[BNASInternetBackup.pdf] - June 1st, 2010

The HRS 201 BNAS has so many capabilities with its robust and unique hardware. Because the HRS-201 BNAS also has Deduping software available for free, it is an ideal receptacle for network and Internet backups. Why pay $1.00 per month per gigabyte of storage … Continue reading

The top 5 changes between Symantec`s Backup Exec Ver.11 and Ver. 12.

[be11vsbe12d.pdf] - September 1st, 2008

Even though our products work with a variety of back–up software, we have found that most of our customers use Symantec’s Backup Exec. This program provides a wide variety  of set-up options which will cover most personal and business back up requirements. The  latest version of … Continue reading

Hard Drive Reliability and RAID 0

[DriveReliabilityRAID0Prudence.pdf] - July 29th, 2008

Hard drive makers tend to obscure useful hard drive reliability information. This paper will  attempt to clear the air as this information relates to RAID 0 drive arrays.

Symantec Backup Exec Setup with High-Rely Backup Unit

[BackupExecSetup.pdf] - July 11th, 2008

One of the most common backup programs used by our customers is Symantec Backup Exec. This paper will provide the instructional concepts to setup BE with a single and  multi-bay High-Rely backup unit.

Drive Rotation using Batch Files

[RotatiingDrives.pdf] - July 11th, 2008

Some backup software requires that only one specific location be used for backups. This paper will explain how to setup your multi-bay High-Rely unit to be used with this type of  software.

Softwareless Backup Solutions with Tandem DXR and FirstRAID G2

[SoftwarelessBackup.pdf] - July 7th, 2008

The advent of Highly Reliable System’s Tandem DXR and FirstRAID G2 backup systems  poses some interesting backup possibilities including some which require no software whatsoever. This paper briefly discusses a few of those strategies.

The hidden downsides to Internet Backup

[HiddenDownsidesToInternetBackup.pdf] - November 19th, 2007

There are some hidden disadvantages to internet based backup which are often not understood until the system is already in place and the real problems arise. This document  tries to relate a few of those pitfalls.

Advantages of High-Rely Backup drives over Conventional Drive Enclosures for Network Backup

[HighRely_vs_HD_enclosures.pdf] - November 19th, 2007

There are some hidden advantages to using removable High-Rely backup drives compared  to conventional low cost hard drive enclosures for network backup. These are often not  understood until the system is already in place and the real problems arise. This document outlines some of the pitfalls … Continue reading

Disabling the AutoPlay feature in MS Windows

[DisablingAutoPlay.pdf] - November 7th, 2007

The Auto-play feature in MS Windows can be very annoying or disrupting to backup  functions when using removable drive media like that in a High-Rely system. This document explains how to configure the AutoPlay feature in Windows so that you can  disable it entirely or … Continue reading

Optimizing your BackUps performance

[OptimizingBackupPerformance.pdf] - September 10th, 2007

If your backups are consuming too much time or your compromising the scope of your  backups to cut time, investigating your backup bottlenecks could well be worth your effort.  Often the bottleneck may not be where you think.

Bare Metal Restore from High-Rely with Ubuntu LINUX (Bare Metal Chronicles volume V)

[BMChroniclesV.pdf] - August 16th, 2007

One way to perform a bare-metal restore from a High-Rely SlimLine backup drive to an Ubuntu Linux version 6.10 server.

Bare Metal Restore from High-Rely with Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Edition (Bare Metal Chronicles volume IV)

[BMChroniclesIV.pdf] - July 12th, 2007

The new Acronis True Image 9.1 is used in combination with Acronis Universal Restore to perform a bare metal restore to different hardware using a 5bay High-Rely as backup media.

Bare Metal Restore from High-Rely with StorageCraft’s Shadow Protect Server Edition 2.0 (Bare Metal Chronicles volume III)

[BMChroniclesIII.pdf] - June 29th, 2007

Several data storage and backup companies have invested in bare metal restore capabilities. StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server Edition (SPS) Version is capable of performing such a restore in a minimal period of time. Their current version is capable of  performing the task only to the same … Continue reading

The Best Media for Archival

[TheBestMediaForArchival.pdf] - June 27th, 2007

What truly is the best media for Archival purposes and why? This paper is intended to help the reader understand the issues and criteria of relevance in making this decision.

Bare Metal Restore from High-Rely with Backup Exec System Restore Version 7.0 (Bare Metal Chronicles volume II)

[BMChroniclesII.pdf] - June 18th, 2007

The new Backup Exec System Restore Version 7.0 is busted out to test a complete bare metal restore to whole new hardware platform using a 5-bay High Rely as the backup  media.

SATA Drives as reliable as Fiber Channel

[SATAvsFCStudy.pdf] - March 2nd, 2007

Customers replace disk drives at rates far higher than those suggested by the estimated mean time between failure (MTBF) supplied by drive vendors, according to a study of about 100,000 drives conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. The study, presented last month … Continue reading

Oops! Techie wipes out $38 billion fund – Keystroke mistake deletes data for Alaska\’s oil-funded account (Link)

[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17702021/wid/11915829?GT1=9145] - February 20th, 2007

Oops! Techie wipes out $38 billion fund – Keystroke mistake deletes data for Alaska\’s oil-funded account (Link)

Bare Metal Restore on Windows VISTA from High-Rely (Bare Metal Chronicles volume I)

[BMChroniclesI.pdf] - January 31st, 2007

Microsoft provides a native means for doing a bare metal restore under the new VISTA operating system that works with High-Rely drives.

9 Common Causes of ‘Delayed Write Failed’ error messages in Windows

[9CommonCausesDelayedWriteFailed.pdf] - January 25th, 2007

Delayed Write Failed errors are a common occurance in MS Windows operating systems. This paper offers reasons as to the cause of the errors.

Write Caching (write cache) and disk to disk Backup performance

[WriteCacheBackupPerformance.pdf] - January 24th, 2007

This paper should help you understand Write Cache and why it can have a big impact on your system performance but little impact on the performance of your disk-to-disk backup.

Comparing the cost of Tape vs. Hard Drive for Network Backup

[TCOTapevsD2d.pdf] - January 9th, 2007

LTO-3 is the current popular tape archival solution. This paper analyzes the real world costs over 3 years of an LTO-3 Tape system with a comparably priced and configured  HighRely disk-to-disk solution and show that a HighRely solution is truly less expensive.

USB vs. SATA for backup

[SATAvsUSB2.pdf] - December 21st, 2006

Trying to decide which connection standard to use, USB or SATA, for your Disk to Disk backup solution can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the technical differences between  the two standards. It is the intention of this paper to help you with … Continue reading

Why is my computer slow?

[DriveSpeedDefrag.pdf] - December 20th, 2006

The author increased his maximum backup speed by nearly 3 times with the technique described in this article using a hard drive that had already been defragged with the commercial version of DiskKeeper Pro. Ultimatedefrag ($39.95) was used to place files on the hard … Continue reading

eSATA vs SATA (what is eSATA?)

[eSATAcable.pdf] - November 30th, 2006

Using external SATA, or eSATA as it's more widely known, customers may now utilize shielded cable lengths up to 2 meters outside the PC to take advantage of the benefits SATA brings to storage. Continue reading

16 Common Backup Problems and Mistakes

[16CommonBackupMistakes.pdf] - June 27th, 2006

These are the most common back up problems and mistakes people make. It is the intention of this paper to give you advanced knowledge of these errors in hopes of  preventing you from suffering the consequences of making these errors.

What Is CDP?

[WhatIsCDP.pdf] - January 1st, 2006

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is a backup concept that has received a lot of attention in the technical press recently. CDP has been around for a long time and largely ignored until two (2) large players (Symantec/Veritas and EMC) have stirred up the market … Continue reading