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 are obvious such as “use faster hard drives.” Some are more subtle. For instance, Anti-virus scanning software may slow down your backups. We will divide our suggestions into five areas; server issues, hard drive speed of the backup source, backup software, host bus adapter (or connection to backup device) and backup devices.