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  • kelltic

    I laughed out loud when I read the first sentence of your blog this a.m. Nothing like a drive disaster to turn a rational person into a paranoiac. I’ve never been the same since it happened to me, in spite of the fact that I was able to retrieve most of it. I knew a hard drive could die at any time and I knew I should be adhering to some type of backup plan, but I procrastinated. (One of my more endearing traits.) After the catastrophe, I began to worry about every conceivable event that could destroy my data. Theft, flood, fire, earthquake.

    Now – I image my system to an external hard drive 1x/mo. My backup app is set to run automatic data backups of every file on my system every other day. One file, a project I’ve been at for 4 years, is automatically backed up every seven minutes while I’m working on it. The most important files are also backed up to three different flash drives. Two, I carry with me everywhere, one I keep in the car . I recently purchased another 20 GB USB drive for a little added security. The only thing I haven’t covered is online backup and I’ve passed on that so far because I understand it’s very slow. Right now I’m enjoying a DSL connection, but at some point I may have to go back to dial-up.

    Did you figure out how your hard drive just happened to end up under a chair? Wanna share? :)

  • @kelltic

    Well, I had backup and everything without such scares… And still there were pieces that could get lost.

    Your backup is way more hardcore than mine. :) I am spoiled by Dropbox a bit – really easy way to get stuff off site to cloud without thinking about it. You should give it a try. It uses delta sync (only changes in files are transferred) and work quietly in the background so it may work even on slow connection for documents and other low-sized files.

    I am also not a fan of imaging. Most of my software is portable anyway and I can go from empty to fully set up and patched computer in like two hours with silent install and portables.

    Actually I was quite sure that I lost it when buying tea on the road from work to programming courses. I even called work and it wasn’t anywhere in sight. Took a trip back just to be sure and there it was (after I turned room upside down). :)

  • Ah, backups, my pet love/hate subject :)

    I spend a lot of time thinking about backups and trying to get a system in place, but I always find there are holes in almost any system.

    I have an awful lot of large files, mainly from my 21MP camera and so online storage would start to smoke my connection a bit. At the moment I use my Macbook Pro, which backs up to my Time Machine every hour. I periodically move files from my local macbook up to my NAS, which RSYNC’s the drive to another drive overnight.

    This system accounts for hardware failure to a level where I don’t worry about it. It is also located in a secure place in the house, so I don’t worry about theft too much either.

    Saying that, I do find myself thinking “what if we had a fire”? Maybe I am over-thinking, maybe not… From my point of view I need to get a solution that is completely automated. Relying on me taking drives to work would not be good, I would just forget LOL

    The main issue of online backup is my NAS is the bit that needs to be backed up mostly and that runs FreeNAS. All the online backups I see use a TSR type utility to backup “internal” drives within Windows or OSX. Other than rigging up something to bypass that system they won’t work with my setup.

    One thing I had thought of is a second NAS in a shed at the bottom of the garden, hooked up via wireless just for backup… but then again is it really worth it just to secure against the possibility of fire?

  • @Jim Sefton

    Hmm… Completely automated solution that will survive a fire is tricky. Best I can think of to use (or build yourself) miniature low-powered file server (you know, those size of a power plug) that is cool enough to work in enclosed space and fire-proof it.

    Or you could go for NAS with more able OS and try online storage. Throttle bandwidth and/or schedule to hours when you don’t need connection.

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