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Auto Scndisk/Dfrag and Backup with WME

By Casemaker ·
Hi,
I have a customer that is a Chiropractor and would like to run maintenance utilities and back up automaically with a HP 6745 running W ME. I set it to run the scandisk and defrag automatically and when the secretary came into work the next morning there was a windows error message(she did not write it down for me)and it did not complete the automatic utilities. I suspect that there where programs like the screensaver and other behind the scenes apps running. I will instruct her to disable all these and shut down any others. I just want to make sure I am not missing anything else.
I also want to perform an automatic backup nightly using a cd-rw drive. Should I use cd-r or cd-rw and what is the best way to automatically do this. She has Adaptec Software on her new HP 6745 but it does not seem to have a backup or a good help menu.
Any suggestions or if you can point me in the right direction.
Thank You
Mark
"Have A Safe Day and Look Both Ways"

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by joeuser In reply to Auto Scndisk/Dfrag and B ...

Mark,
Here are my suggestions. How important is the need to back up? If they consider it of high importance, have the backup run first. Give adequate time for it to finish. Have defrag run afterwards. I don't think you'll need to worry about scandisk because defrag checks for errors anyway. Unless you are doing a thorough scandisk, this probably needs to be done once a month, if that, unless other problems are cropping up.
Now, if backup isn't a major concern, defrag first. This way any problems should be resolved and the data will be "nice and neat" for a "good backup". This is probably the "best" way to do it.
I'd check to make sure screensavers were off, and any other non essential programs are not running. Furthermore, I'd make sure, if the drives are set to power down that the task is set to "wake" the system.
Having said that, this is what I try to get my customers to do, have them arrange a service contract, and once a month I'll go in and do all the work you are trying toautomate (therefore not getting paid for) by hand. Nothing beats having a person watch the tasks and making sure they run and run properly. You know most users won;t even think to turn off the screensaver before defrag tries to do it's work and you know it will cause defrag to quit out with an error. Consider a point and click screensaver util this way they can watch the pretty fish, but have to activate it manually. This is just my opinion.
-Cheers, Shawn

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by grantcom In reply to Auto Scndisk/Dfrag and B ...

Shawn,

I would do the full compliment of tasks. Do disk cleanup first, then scan disk and then defrag in that order. As far as backing up goes I would pruchase Backup Exec from Veritas (approx. $79.00). It will do a backup to CD-R or CD-RW. In reference to which media is best I would make certain that frequent backups are done to CD-R not CD-RW. CD-RW is not as stable as CD-R in that great variations of the number of times a file can be written to with CD-RW before the write area is damaged (Maximum number of writes). On the other hand RW is also necessary in that the files are not "READ ONLY" and will support incremental backups. I usually do both making certain that the client understands that a complete backup set should be stored off-site and rotated out once a month . I am a backup freak.

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