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With my new rig almost built (see specs at bottom), I'm going to be considering
backup storage solutions next. Here is the criteria I will be using for purchase:

1. High speed backup not a high priority. Of course I don't want the
storage to take all day but an hour or two would be fine.
2. External drive storage, so I don't have to open up my case
to replace.
3. I will be running two Seagate Barracuda's 320G in Raid 0, therefore
my total hard disk space size will be 640G. (Raid 0 really is cost
effective for space and speed.) I am unfamiliar with latest tape
technology or if tape is still used for backup or should I just purchase
slow external hard disk drives over time?
4. I will be using Norton Ghost for backup.
5. And so - the big question - cost/quality or sweet spot. What
can I get that gets the most for my money and matches criteria
above?

I usually op for quality for a few more bucks but I rarely purchase the
highest end products - unless they are just so far beyond anything
available on low end and you really get your money's worth over the
long haul (such as a high-end PSU).

Suggestions? Website links to look at? Thanks in advance.
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Install a third drive and use it to backup your ghosted image(s). Rather than imaging to an optical drive which can be problematic and certainly time consuming.

Your choice regarding drives/technology is already a good one for both drive space and speed. An ancillary drive to image your partition images will provide fault tolerance.

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Thanks Ropey. Is this pretty much what everyone does these days because HD's are now relatively inexpensive?
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I don't know about everyone else, however since hard drives became relatively inexpensive it is what I do.

At work we send the image off system to a server and a fault tolerant send to an off-site data mart.

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