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    Ide Configuration Sanity Check

    I already have the internal IDE drive and removable rack/tray. But I agree with you in that since I'll mostly be doing unattended backups, I'm not really concerned about backup time.
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    Ide Configuration Sanity Check

    Well maybe that's a valid reason for installing an ATA100 card... No way I can put my paging file on my backup drive as the backup drive is only inserted when I want to backup!
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    Ide Configuration Sanity Check

    Thanks for the advice - it seems to confirm my initial insticts!
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    Ide Configuration Sanity Check

    Without a noticeable performace gain, what other benefit is there to justify the cost (no matter how inexpensive) and the effort???
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    Ide Configuration Sanity Check

    Screwdriver~ My config and my usage is very similar to that of ddrueding's. My system drive also includes all of my apps and I mostly use my burner for archiving photo-images (from my data/image HDD. If I were to add a Promise ATA100 card, how would you suggest I configure my devices, and would I see a noticeable performance difference (to make it worthwhile)?
  6. Up to now, I had 3 IDE devices in my PC, 2 HDDs and a CR-RW. My system HDD is obviously the IDE 0 master. My CD-RW is connected as the IDE 0 slave. My other HDD (which stores my data and photo-images) is connected as the master on the 2nd IDE channel (IDE 1). I am about to install another HDD, strictly for backup purposes, in a removable rack on the open IDE 1 slave connector. Do you guys agree with this setup or is there a better arrangement?
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    jinjuku, now please don't get pissed-off at me, but from what I've been told, no file-by-file backup product can backup Windows while you are logged-into Windows and running it. Including the OS which I definitely want to backup along with EVERYTHING else on my comp, I'm now looking at a total of 80 gigs (but growing). That consists of about 20 gigs for Windows, IE, and all my apps + about 60 gigs (so far) for my data and images (pictures). As originally stated, I want to do unattended backups, where I can kick it off and just let it do its thing while I'm watching the tube, snoozing or whatever.
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    While I'm sure that either NTBackup, GenieBackupManager, and quite a few other file-by-file backup software products do the job they were designed to do, I want a software product that can backup my entire system[/i (including Windows XP). So I'm leaning toward an imaging product, and in that regard, I just tried the trial version of Acronis True Image which works great. Other's that use it say that it may take a while to complete the initial backup, but the incrementals go very fast.
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    Btw, two related question.... How does the IDE to USB2 conversion happen? What the synchronizing software all about? Thanks for the education!
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    TwoJ~ Your input seems to validate jinjuku's comments and since my comp does support usb2 (as well as firewire), I will be checking this solution out...
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    jinjuku~ thanks for the additional info.... interesting!
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    SCSA~ Can I buy just one (1) SuperSwap rack&tray and without a card (since I don't do RAID)? If so, can you point me to an online retailer?
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    I already have this setup at three customers: You will need the cremax icydock MB123UK and an additional MB123 drive cage. The dock fits a 5 1/4 bay, has a cable to the USB 2.0 header on the mainboard. Cost for the MB123UK is in the neighborhood of $50 and the additional dock around $30. I am using the Samsung 40GB 7200RPM EIDE drive, they run cool and they run quiet. I am currently getting 520MB minute backup (so for 30 GB of data, figure about an hour) mind you the servers are running with 10K WD Raptors. So you xfer may not be as high in your scenario. The only gotcha is the dimensions on the dock, may be to deep for fit your computer. Wish you the best of luck. I don't think we are talking the same game... Sounds like you are using a removable (hot-swapable) USB drive, whereas I'm interested in a removable IDE drive!
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    Your points are well taken!
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    Using A Removable Hdd For Backup

    As stated previously, I'm cramped for desktop space, so I really need this to be an internal installation! And in that regard, the more I think about it, I'm wondering if it's worth hassling with a removable tray (as opposed to just installing the backup IDE drive as another online drive)...