JBCL Hawk Offsite Backup
The idea of this program was from the Christchurch Earthquakes in
2011. I dealt with many sites where the business operation was
drastically affected because the office computers were inaccessible.
Example 1 - A site presumed they were well covered by backups:
- They had tape backups of the server
- Some of the tape backups were kept offsite
- They also had a disk image copied over the internet to their network
provider each night.
In the earthquakes they found:
- The building was condemned and unable to be entered
- The CBD was closed by the army and police and no access was allowed.
- The tapes proved to be problematic as they were unable to get a
compatible tape drive and software for restoring the backups
- The network suppliers offices were also inaccessible
- Eventually after 6 weeks they were able to get into the building for
10 minutes and remove just the server box only.
Example 2 - An office had the front wall of the building fall into the
- The business owner could not get into the office to rescue anything
- The police were directing everyone to leave town
- The server and Wifi were still running on a UPS, so he sat with a
laptop in the street outside and copied essential files over the Wifi
and then left
The need is for very easily accessible backups, so that in case of
- the essential files can be set up on any working computer.
- The best format for the backups is on a USB drive (pen drive or USB
external Hard Disk) as these can be read by almost any computer.
- Ideally compressed
The JBCL Hawk Offsite Backup is for this.
The idea of this program is to allow a very quick backup of important
folders to an external USB drive - a pen drive or external hard disk that an
operator or owner can take home from the office each day.
- This backup can be tailored for any site - they can set up several
different backups and choose themselves how quick or comprehensive each
- When first run, the program automatically sets up Full and Quick
backups for JBCL and BCL files - these give excellent examples how to
set these up
- The backups are manual - that is an operator can run this quickly when
they know they have finished work for the day before leaving the office
with the external drive.
- The backups are very quick to run and require just 2 or 3 clicks.
- An operator can run a comprehensive backup eg once a week or once a
month, and a quick important data backup daily
- The backup is compressed using the standard ZIP format, so that
it can be opened and used on any computer running Windows 7, 8 or
- Doing a backup will keep the previous backup, renamed with a -OLD
filename so that even if the current backup fails the previous backup
will be present.
- The program comes with easy options to do two kinds of backups -
either a full backup of a folder, or just a quick backup of core data
files and settings.
- The idea is that in case of fire or emergency, the USB drive can be
grabbed while running from the office, and will contain a very recent
Setting up a backup:
Running a Quick Backup Option
Note the Disk button to the Left of the Close button allows you to browse
the backup that has just been made to check the files are there.