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  1. Looks like you can remove your site through the "remove URL" link. In reading that page, I gather they use a robot to find pages. I suspect their bot is the visitor you are seeing.
  2. "Any ideas for a reliable FTP type situation that allows us to interface from our own site? " In theory, one could setup anonymous ftp off your website. Link would be something like ftp.yurdomain.com. Instruct your visitors to use IE (eww!) to login with anonymous and their email address for a password. You can see instructions similar at FTP thru IE. In practice, this is bad for more than a few reasons. As for an outside service, I don't have any personal experiences to share. The 2Gb is going to be a gotcha. If some of your customers are on 256 Kb DSL or dial-up, they are not going to like sending you the big files. How have your marketed the site so far? The reason I ask is this. One can get a bunch of custom USB drives w/ your site logo and/or URL made up. When customers need to send you files, then you overnight them a drive, maybe in a nice gift box with your business card. They mail the drive back to you in a pre-paid envelope. a bit of an upfront investment, but maybe worth it.
  3. Exactly. For me, in my experience, tape drives have failed less often than hard drives. Why I put my backups to tape. One final thought. For day to day file recovery on a Windows server, you may want to look at Diskkeeper's Undelete software. At a former employer, it worked well.
  4. "We do have a tape backup for our office server. But the server and the tape are not large enough to also handle our desktops." 5 years of support and I have yet to see a tape drive fail. I have seen bad tapes. I would not replace a tape drive with a flash drive or hard drive. This thread started because of a suspected bad hard drive. I've designed a backup/restore solution to backup 1 Tb of data across a LAN. When I started that, I inventoried all the LAN data, clarified with my employer what data was the most important and asked what my budget was. Then sized the replacement hardware (backed up to disk then off an autoloading tape drive). You may want to consider going through the same process. How much total data are we talking here? In reading your comment, may I make two suggestions for what it's worth. "Our Veritas software seems to do well verifying the data for us..." Don't trust your vendor. Ever. You mitigate your risk by testing your backup and your restore. If vendor X's one true backup solution can't recover your data from a test restore then stay on them until it's resolved. Example: I copied a Excel sheet that was used to invoice customers. Made sure it was included in the backup jobs. Deleted it, then went to do a restore. That restore fine. Did the same test, but using an email file. Vendor X's software couldn't find it. The backup job reported it was successful. After a few days, vendor X's support asked me to upgrade the agent that did backup job. "We have rotating tapes, 5 for each weekday, two for odd month/even month. And we review the evening logs which record any file failures. Once in a while I have to replace tapes." Tapes are cheap compared to the cost of business downtime. At a minimum, I would buy a new one to replace month 12 (year's end) and leave that off-site in a bank safe deposit box. If budget permits, then 4 tapes, one a quarter. This way the business can have that data for various reasons.
  5. Webgyrl - do you have a CD or DVD burner installed? Madman had a good suggestion. Alternately, buy an USB external floppy drive. Then tell your computer to boot off that. Madman - I corrected your link: http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/insta...-new-hard-drive That link describes what's called an IDE drive. You may have a SATA. Instead of that grey cable, it'll be not nearly as wide. Same principle.
  6. Single PC setup. Circuit City has an external 250 Gb Western Digital (Model #: WDC WDME2500TN) for $99. It connects via USB. One year warranty. However, the reviews on CC and newegg are very positive. I hooked it up to a customer's computer, then created a Windows backup job. The job writes to the external drive every Sunday morning at 2 a.m., copying everything except system state data. I'm not familiar with Retrospect so I can't comment. However, by creating Windows .bkf files, as a rule, any Windows 2000/XP machine would be able to read them. It also wouldn't hurt to burn what you really care about off to CD/DVD. Mail these off to family so you have some off-site storage. Network. Business or home setting? For a business, my comment to that is Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are not designed with the same degree of robustness found in an enterprise level fileserver. However, if cost is a concern, then it's one solution. For example, the Buffalo Linkstations are cheap and pretty popular. However, I read to where they die after 2 years. Simpletech has gotten good reviews. No personal experience with either of them. The HP storageworks I'm familiar with are probably outside the budget. From the open-source realm, FreeNAS (www.freenas.org) has gotten some positive reviews. For home, I'd get a Simpletech or go FreeNAS with an understanding of the risks.
  7. Hi webgyrl, First, my sympathies. I must commend you on your calmness over losing 5 years of data. Second, on to your problem. If I understand you correctly, you have your "old" C drive still. However, your concern is that it's infected with malware. Based on this, here's what I see for options. (1) Pro's.I feel it's worth mentioning anyway. Bring in the pro's to recover the data. By "pro's" I mean someone with access to a clean room that can take the drive apart and reassemble it. I doubt this is needed in your case; however by having those sort of facilities, then it's an indicator that they make their living off data recovery. Ask for references as well. (2) Windows.Set your "old" drive to slave and hook it up such that your "new" drive sees it as an additional drive. The new drive is running Windows (I presume) so there would be a chance that the new drive may get infected. If you have an anti-virus on the new install, one can scan the files as they get copied across. (3) Mac. I've never done this, but in theory I don't see why it would not work. Put the old drive into an external hard drive case. Find a friend with a mac and hook it up. Mac's used to be able to read Windows files. Copy the files you want onto a USB drive then to new install. (4) Linux.A do it yourself option would be to uninstall the "new" hard drive, put back your "old" drive. Then use a linux distro such as DSL or Knoppix to boot from a CD/DVD. Then look for your *.pst files. Your outlook address book is *.pab if I'm not mistaken. The below link explains the steps better using knoppix and has pictures of the process. How to boot from Knoppix to recover files In scenarios 2 and 4, you may have to set the jumpers. More information here: Jumper Information I hope this helps. Good luck!
  8. Update. I think dropping the Spam score to 4 did work. Reviewing the X-Spam-Score for the 2 messages received today: 2.1 and 1.6. As for the rule, it did not seem to work as both these came from the *.info TLD. In reading, there are a few legitimate dot info sites out there. I'm removing the rule, and will let my email client direct it to a local folder. At which point, glance over them and move on. Thanks for the help everyone.
  9. Bruce, I was a bit off. I had meant user account filtering. I created a rule where if "From" contains "*.info" discard message. When I tested the filter, using the Filter Test" it said "normal delivery occurred". I'll leave the rule in and see what happens. @Carl and stevesh Good idea on the Spam score. I went back and reviewed headers for the four messages received since 8/18/2008, X-Spam-Score: 3.0,4.4,3.2,4.4 I've set it to 4 at this time. I'll let everyone know results in near future. Thanks!
  10. Hi Bruce, I do. Additionally, it's set to "Discard with error to sender". It's about 4 to 5 emails a day to the one account. The common thread (so far) has been that it's all coming from the .info TLD. The more I'm looking into the tools available to me, it's looking like I'm going to have to resort to account level filtering. I had thought to write a rule along the lines of "If from *.info, put SPAM in subject line". Any tips with that ?
  11. Has anyone else receiving spam from the info TLD? If so, what steps do you take to prevent/deal with it? Currently, I have my SpamAssasin set to 7. I've debated doing user-level filtering and/or IP blocking.
  12. I would like some help with building my own webmail login screen into squirrelmail. I followed the directions from: http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/help/id98.htm replacing your.host.com with my domain. That didn't work. So, I edited the path to : *****/sqmail/src/redirect.php That will work if they enter in their full email address for the username. My questions are: 1) There ought to be a way to append "@****" to the username, but I'm a bit brain fried at this point to figure it out right now. Anyone? 2) Did I take the real hard route on this one? If some has a link that I missed, it'd be helpful. Thanks,
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