BACKUPS FOR SIMPLICITY
Backing up user data can be a chore, which is why many users don't
develop or use an adequate backup strategy to protect their data.
Everything you can to do simplify the task or remove it altogether
from a user's responsibility can actually improve backup reliability.
One good way to simplify user backups is to use a backup program that
will perform an unattended backup (i.e., one that works without any
user intervention). For example, you might want all changed documents
to back up every morning at 2:00 A.M.
One popular automatic backup program is Iomega Automatic Backup. This
downloadable program backs up to local or network hard disk drives,
as well as Zip, Jaz, NAS, and Iomega DVD. Automatic Backup supports
multiple sets of folders, multiple file versions, and a fully customizable
backup schedule. It also creates individual files in the backup process,
which simplifies restore operations. (You simply drag the needed file
from the backup location.) http://www.iomega.com/software/autobackuppc.html
Another backup tool to consider is EMC Dantz Retrospect. This product
also supports disk-based backup, but it includes broad support for
tape backup. You can even perform a disk-to-disk-to-tape backup, creating
a fast backup on disk that is then copied to tape.
Whatever backup method you choose, remember to check the backup periodically
to make sure it's working and that you can recover it as needed.