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Subject: Using an IDE HDD as a backup device with Arcserve 2000
Category: Computers
Asked by: harijs-ga
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Posted: 27 Aug 2002 13:33 PDT
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Question ID: 59174
Can anybody tell me how can an IDE HDD be used as a backup device with
Arcserve 2000? I have been told that this is possible, however, I have
not found where in Arcserve can I configure the HDD as a backup
device. I need to backup 3 servers to one 120 Gb IDE HDD weekly.
Subject: Re: Using an IDE HDD as a backup device with Arcserve 2000
Answered By: morningstar2000-ga on 27 Aug 2002 15:44 PDT
Dear Harijs- 

    Your issue is a common one these days.  How do I back up all this
data?   First off there are several ways to do a back up.   You can
always just save off the data files and image files in single or
multiple folders.  The disadvantage to saving only data/image files is
that in the case of a catastrophic failure you will have to reload
everything.   Starting with the operating system and working up to any
programs loaded.
   What I think have been told and are looking at is doing what is
called a disk imaging.   The essence of which is you copy the entire
hard drive on one computer onto your IDE HDD.   That is not the only
device that you can use but since it is the one you will be using we
will talk about it.    These are also commonly referred to as Instant
Recovery files or Quick fix files.   Its just a copy of your hard
drive, with all files, all programs, all drivers just as your see them
on your server.
   To accomplish a disk image you must have the proper software.   I
highly recommend that you look at Power Quest software as they have
the industry standard on back up and recovery.  NovaStor also has
several backup and Instant Recovery programs that may work.   Either
product can be purchased as your local software/electronics store.

Additional Sources:

PowerQuest Corporation - Proven Solutions for Storage Management

NovaStor - Data Backup, Restoration, and Interchange Software 

Tucows Downloads

Search Strategy:
Backup Solutions
Backup Recovery
Disk Imaging
Disk Shadow Software

I hope this gets you storing in the right direction. 


Request for Answer Clarification by harijs-ga on 28 Aug 2002 00:23 PDT
Yes, but I already have purchased Arcserve 2000 backup software, I was
wondering how to do this backup with it.
Subject: Re: Using an IDE HDD as a backup device with Arcserve 2000
From: morningstar2000-ga on 28 Aug 2002 06:29 PDT
Dear Harijs - 

    Please excuse me for my mistake there.   I will see what I can
find for you on image shadowing within Arcserve.   Would you please
let me know which version you have.  I.e. is it the professional
edition, workgroup edition, or advanced edition?

Thank You and I will get back to you as soon as I can,

Subject: Re: Using an IDE HDD as a backup device with Arcserve 2000
From: morningstar2000-ga on 28 Aug 2002 07:55 PDT
Dear Harijs - 
   Just a few more questions for you.  
    - What operating system are you running?  
    - Have you loaded this onto your Base computer yet?  
    - Have you tried to use the backup management interface?

  As of 8/5/02  Computer Associates came out with a new version of
ArcServer Version 9.0 which allows for ease of us by the end user.  
It enables mulitple and automated backup ques.

CA introduces Beta Version of BrightStor Arcserver
Subject: Re: Using an IDE HDD as a backup device with Arcserve 2000
From: harijs-ga on 28 Aug 2002 12:50 PDT
Never mind, I found the answer myself:

# Apply SP4 for Arcserve 2000
# Run the Arcserve Device configuration program, choose the option
  "File System Devices"
# During the configuration, specify the path to be configured as the backup
  detination (tape)
# After finishing the Arcserve Device configuration open the Arcserve Manager
  and the Backup window.
# In the Destination tab, you should be able to see a tape which is the
  path specified during the Arcserve Device configuration
# SP4 for Arcserve can be downloaded from

Thanks anyway.

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