Archive for November, 2012


How to (better) manage PST email files

email PST backup for small business

With new legal disclosure laws, and the need to cross reference past emails, people are hanging on to emails and have almost stopped deleting. Email stores in Outlook are commonly quite large and we are seeing more email disasters as a direct result. Good reliable backup for Outlook is available for Exchange connected systems, but not standalone computers. Backing up the PST (email database) is a duplication of the shell store, if the shell is damaged the backup is risky.

Mailstore Server edition is an excellent product from Germany. It is a great solution for individuals, small offices and home offices etc because it backs up Outlook emails as a seperate database, indpendant of the PST shell. It is also searchable outside of outlook itself.

While the Mailstore Server edition can be used for non Exchange situations there is a minimum purchase of 5 user licences which do not come cheap. The Mailstore Home edition offers the same backup facility, reliability, and is completly free (not a trial, it’s free).

Mailstore email archiving interface

The Mailstore free edition (Home edition) requires manual backup. We find if it’s manual it doesn’t get done. As time goes by users forget it is there.

However, we have created a neat way to automate the process for you. We can even save the backup into your own free 25GB of personal cloud storage so your emails will always be safe and accessible.

On your next service call ask us to implement mail archiving on your computers running Microsoft outlook at a specific time each day, and avoid email disasters.


New backup & storage solution from Vantec

Vantec external backup solutions

Storing your valuable data, videos and pictures on high quality NAS (network attached storage) devices is expensive and may be overkill for some home or small office situations. One of the problems with external USB powered backup drives is that they are simply not designed to be running 24/7. The plastic enclosures often have no ventilation, no fans, and the hard drive inside the unit is prone to overheating.

One solution to all these woes is the new Vantec HX series external USB 3.0 powered enclosure. The hard aluminium shell draws heat away, while an active 80mm overhead fan exhausts hot air out from the case. Ventilation slots draw cool air in the bottom of the unit.



We’ve been testing this device out in our recovery lab, transferring large amounts of data to the new Western Digital RED 2TB SATA-III NAS drives. These new WD drives are designed for reliability.  WD RED disk have WD’s NASware RAID management as well as firmware and hardware improvements that make them ideally suited to work in small, 1-5 bay enclosures. They are rated for operating temperatures up to 70 degrees C (instead of 60) because the drives will operate in hot, multi-drive environments. Together with the Vantec HX bay we now have heat management, reliability, and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

If you are a located in Perth Western Australia contact us for installation and setup costs.