I have just bought an External Hard Drive. Which will, I hope take care of my Off Site security for the next few years.
Maxtor 5000XT. USB2 and Firewire. 250 Gb.
In the future it will probably be used on PC's and Laptop's that are running W-XP or later, so NTFS. But it will initially be used with XP, W98se, so Fat32 as well, and if possible W95.
I have not even plugged it in yet and am still reading the set-up, and planning a longterm strategy.
Q1. Should I Partition the drive with a different partition for each Computer, and is it possible to have a different file system on each partition.
Q2. What would be the best solution to handle the creation of back-up copies? Norton Ghost or equivalent, from what I have read so far. The actual program I use will be a later decision, after I have read the vast batch of relevant postings on this board.
Q3. Maxtor have a proprietary One Touch Back-up called Dantz Retrospect Express, but I gather it overwrites the previous copy and I have found nothing on how it would handle the information from several different computers on the one drive and possibly the choice of which partition to place its copy?
Thats enough to confuse the issue for now. Thanks in advance for any contributions, but please keep them simple as I am working at the outer limit of my knowledge portfolio.