Backup with Western Digital My Book® World Edition™ II

October 14, 2008

At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, an important element of our services portfolio is disaster recovery for our clients with Microsoft based systems.  Disaster recovery with a Microsoft system should not be a disaster with proper planning and forethought.  Onsite Computer Services has seen the expressions on the faces of clients when we realize their backup of important, irreplaceable information, like business accounting or practice management data, is faulty.

Backup strategies depend on several factors like available hardware, size of backup, time required, and frequency of change to name a few.  One of the clients of Onsite Computer Services is employing a neat backup storage device from Western Digital called My Book® World Edition™ II.  My Book uses a flavor of Linux to provide Network Attached Storage (NAS) at an affordable price for small businesses.

The My Book device examined by Onsite Computer Services is essentially a Linux server that provides up to 1 TB of RAID 1 storage via Ethernet connection.  Control of the administrative settings is web-based so an extra keyboard, mouse, and monitor are not needed for this device.   My Book is similar to a Linux offshoot from the past called StoreAid.

From experience at Onsite Computer Services, MyBook’s setup was straightforward and easy.  Western Digital has a great product.  There is one concern – power interruption to a server with RAID 1 storage can cause data corruption and other bad stuff.  At the least a resync of the drives is a certainty.  Resyncs can require lots of time.  Many argue that accessing data during resyncs can also cause data corruption.

With Microsoft servers a UPS provides battery backup during power interruption until the Microsoft server can perform an orderly shutdown and avoid the resync process.  With MyBook, there is no provision for UPS power and a safe shutdown.  Upon power restoration, MyBook resyncs can require 20 hours.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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