18 Pros and Cons of External Hard Drives

In this detailed article we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of external hard drives, connected via USB, eSATA, or Firewire. With the advent of USB 3, all modern PCs, servers, and laptops now offer a very simple interface for plugging in portable storage and as we summarize below, external hard drives are perfect for dozens […]

Bit Rot & Data Loss: Are You Aware of Its Damage Potential?

Bit rot is a very complex phenomenon. While most publications refer to hard drives and tapes, such as http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/bitrot-and-atomic-cows-inside-next-gen-filesystems/  and http://www.economist.com/node/21553445 the reality is much worse because bit rot also affects RAM and CPUs. Damaged RAM can be quite difficult to spot, too.   How Damaged RAM can interfere with your data and affect your […]

How to Rollout Windows Updates Without Internet Connection

A big thank you to our customer Prince James, who recommended the following tool for offline Windows Update installation:     Portable Update, available at http://www.portableupdate.com/     Another alternative tool is: WSUS Offline Update, available at http://www.wsusoffline.net/docs/     Both tools allow you to download all current Windows Updates to a disk, folder, or […]

Best Practices for Server Backup, Data Backup, and Hyper-V Backup

This article summarizes best practices on how to manage Windows Server backups, server data and files, and Hyper-V backups. Keep enough disk space free at all times: At the source as well as the target Free disk space is of paramount importance. All kinds of strange software errors emerge, even from Microsoft Windows itself, when […]

How to Fix Disk Signature Error PartMgr 58

The disk signature error "PartMgr" ID 58 may occur on its own or when a virtual machine backup is initiated. You'll need to check whether there are disks that have the same disk signature. In the case of Hyper-V, check if any of the VM disks inside the VM have the same disk signature as […]

How to Fix 0x8007000e E_OUTOFMEMORY VSS Error

The Volume Shadow Copy Service error 0x8007000e E_OUTOFMEMORY may occur in your logs as shown below:    Processing Writer 'Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer':     Adding this component: …… Creating shadow set  … (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) Error during […]

18 Hyper-V Tips & Strategies You Need to Know

The following in-depth article summarizes common Hyper-V and HyperV virtual machine backup tips and tricks that our BackupChain tech support team gathered over time since we first rolled out in 2009. Our backup software BackupChain supports Hyper-V backups on Windows Server 2019-2008 as well as Windows 10. While some of the points below are focusing […]

How to: Hyper-V Replication for Immediate Disaster Recovery

In this article we show how to set up Hyper-V replication between two or more Hyper-V production servers, or from a production server to a backup server. In fact, any combination is possible. Each server could replicate its own VMs elsewhere. In case of a failure you could simply boot the VM on the backup […]

How to Delete Files in the Backup Folder

You may freely delete files and folders inside the backup folder. BackupChain backup software fills the gaps next time it runs However, there is one thing you need to watch when deleting: If you have backup files that use deduplication, they need to be deleted in groups. This does not apply to regular file backup, […]