So for those wondering why I stuck a Western Digital green 1 terabyte drive as a backup device… I didn’t. This is my poor man’s paranoid backup. In my workstation I have a secondary harddrive. Used to be 500 gigs but I got tired of Vista coloring it RED and saying I had too little space left and so I needed a bigger one. What I put on that drive is my old Windows XP virtual machine (should I need to get back to a XP platform for any reason), and a robocopy of the contents of the mapped I: drive of the server. Should the server go crashing in a blaze of glory, I can used cached credentials to log into this computer and access the harddrive.
BUT…and here’s the but… it has sensitive info on it so I need to encrypt it. I don’t want it domain based because I want to make sure I can get into it should the network go down so I want to ensure it’s standalone. I’m sure some will say truecrypt but I’ve been a fan of pgp.com and like their support.
Should something happen to my workstation, the data meets the SB1386/AB1950 implied requirements. I say implied because they don’t state exactly what you need to do to take precauctions just that they be reasonable.