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10 reasons to consider HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System


By Bill Johnson, Senior Manager, Product Management, HP Storage


IBill3.jpgs your business looking for simple, fast and reliable backup for your workstations and small servers? Consider HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System. We think it’s fair to call it the “perfect single-server backup solution.” Here are 10 good reasons why:


1. Flexible: With 320GB, 500GB or 1TB capacities, there is one for every size of server or workstation, with desktop and rack options. Coming soon, HP RDX will also offer 2TB capacity.

2. Affordable: RDX has a lower cost of ownership than older tape technologies over the life of the device. RDX RDXproduct3.jpgartridges cost more up front than older tape technologies but offer higher capacities and longer life cycles—which makes RDX more affordable overall.

3. Fast: RDX backs up data at hard drive speeds and restores critical files at 650 GB/hour via USB 3.0. A 1TB restore takes around five hours to complete with RDX, but can take weeks via a cloud provider, even with the fastest broadband connection.

4. RDX just works: Backup happens automatically in the background using HP Continuous Data Protection software or scheduled routines. You can even just drag and drop files via Windows or Mac OS X Finder. HP RDX backs up your entire operating system and all your applications.

5. RDX eliminates all the guesswork of backup: Cartridges cannot be removed while backups are running. Staff can safely run local backups and rotate media without specialist skills or training.

6. RDX is very durable: With a usage life of 5,000 load/unload insertions (compared to 50 for DAT tapes) and a 10-year archival life, you can safely move data offsite for disaster recovery, archive or data transfer.

7. Rugged: Unlike older tape technologies or standard USB drives (even so-called “rugged” ones), the enhanced design of RDX makes it dust and static proof. It has a sealed interface so dust and debris can’t get in.

8. Virtually indestructible: RDX has internal buffers to protect against harsh treatment. In independent tests, itDrag3.jpg had a 97% drop test survival rate compared to 0% for ordinary USB drives. We even tied it to a dragster and ran it up a raceway at 170 mph over a quarter of a mile. It still worked flawlessly. Yes, HP RDX is tough!

9. Smart investment: RDX protects your investment with complete backwards and forwards compatibility. So today’s hardware will work seamlessly with tomorrow’s higher capacity cartridges.


10. Right for your single-server business: RDX is proven to meet the needs of single-server businesses, with hundreds of thousands of organizations using it.


More reason to choose RDX

We’re just getting the discussion started. Look for more blogs here on ATSB on the RDX topic – customer successes, use cases and confirmation that the RDX is incredibly easy to install.  


Get complete details on the HP RDX Removable Disk System here:

Or download the HP RDX data sheet PDF


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Hello, is very interesting this technology, we have a client that would like to make backups of their .VHD files (to make a backup of their virtual servers), those files are longer than 100GB. Actually can't be saved on USB drives with FAT format only can saved on disks with NTFS format. Does RDX Technology support to backup huge files? 




Thank you for your comment and question.


Although HP RDX does have the capability to generally back up large file sizes, including .VHD files, we regret we do not currently have the technology in place to support virtual machines.


The RDX team

Sorry if this is a silly question but I cannot find confirmaiton on it.  To backup a 1TB volume with just 200GB of data on it, would I require a 1TB RDX cartridge or could I just use a 320/500GB one?


Thank you.


@James - I'm 99.9% sure that as long as your actual data is less than the capacity of the RDX cartridge, you are good. There might be some extra meta data that your backup software needs on the cartridge but I'm sure it would be really small. I've asked the real experts on the RDX team and if I get a different answer, I'll let you know.

Eck Brian K

Hello - 

We use the RDX technology, and it works great. However, some of my files that must be legally accessaible for many years exist as only a single copy on an RDX cart. How can I back up the backup??!! I would not mind at all having my backup also being an RDX cart. Can I copy and RDX to an RDX without two RDX devices?

Thanks in advance!



@Eck Brian K, Here's what I got back from my RDX expert:

You should:

  • Buy a new (i.e. second) RDX cartridge
  • Copy the files from the original “first” RDX cartridge onto a host computer
  • Copy the files from the host to the new “second” RDX cartridge


  • It’s worth using the write protect switch on the first cartridge to avoid any mistakes (i.e. to prevent overwriting any of the original data)!
  • Best practice is to keep a third copy, off-site (i.e. different location to the original/backup cartridges)
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