Wireless Connection To An External Hard Drive

from the getting-better-all-the-time... dept

I have a fairly convoluted set of alternate backup systems that seems to get more complex every time I have yet another catastrophic hard drive failure (such as the latest, which occurred two weeks ago). Right now I have two external USB hard drives, one Mirra backup server, and an offsite service that scoops up data off of my computer every few hours and stores it in some hidden location. The second USB hard drive is because the latest hard drive failure (only a week after I had been told the machine had been “fixed”) happened while I was away and didn’t have access to the other USB hard drive that remained at home, or the Mirra server which only accepts backups on the local network. The offsite remote backup worked, but was slow and had limited space. So, I ended up with another external hard drive to save whatever data I could get off the old hard drive before it kicked it for good. When I got back home and went back to my old crappy desktop (which is here for just these circumstances) I discovered that the USB connections on this machine no longer work – so I can’t actually access the data saved on the hard drive (though, I can access older data on the Mirra device). Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get data from the hard drive to the Mirra device, so I’m basically stuck until I get my laptop back and it has a working USB system. With that backdrop in mind, it’s great that Maxtor and Linksys are teaming up to offer a wireless way to connect to an external hard drive. Basically, they’ve created a bridge that lets an external hard drive connect directly to a wireless router (which, in some ways, just mimics what the Mirra backup server is supposed to do, though with fewer features). Either way, it looks like backup systems are getting easier and easier, meaning no one has any excuse not to have something set up these days. Of course, the next time my hard drive fails, I’m sure I’ll need to pick up one of these new systems.

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dorpus says:

How to reduce failure rates

There is a simple step one can take to dramatically reduce hard drive failure rates, but one that most system administrators are unwilling to do, because it is too unmanly, or “they don’t get paid enough”, or because they would rather play with an expensive, complex toy… er, system. It’s called regularly wiping down your server room with Windex. I’ve worked at over a dozen companies big and small, and every server room was always a tornado of swirling dust.

Mike (profile) says:

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With the USB thing, I had actually never used any USB devices on this machine. For the most part, it’s just been used as a dumb terminal in the corner for internet access. For all I know, the USB never worked.

As for the hard drives, who the hell knows. I’ve been trying everything, and each time the hard drive goes anyway. Toshiba is now suggesting that it may have been a combination of problems, including a bad system board and the hard drive not being properly installed (each and every time?!?).

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