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January 14th, 2003

Backup, Pal

Quick question for you computer-folk out there (and I know you’re out there): do you backup your data?

Back in the olden days, it was done on tape of course… but with hard drive sizes far, far outpacing tape sizes, a lot of people are backing up hard drives with hard drives. It actually seems like a fair idea.

I fully admit I don’t do a total backup, but do burn critical data to CD every couple of weeks. I’m hoping to get a real backup system (FireWire hard drive) in place soon, though.

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FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 14, 2003 -- 8:53:46 am
Nope, I don't back things up. And I really should. At least my critical data, if not more than that. I just haven't found a solution that I really like. I know I can't back everything up, but I should at least be able to back up my system disk.

And, if I don't, I know I'll go nuts if I lose something. Like I did when I almost lost everything important.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 14, 2003 -- 8:59:55 am
I back up my email and my personal files every couple of weeks by zipping them up and burning them to CD.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 14, 2003 -- 9:30:11 am
I try to backup important data periodically, but probably not more than every month or so. Of course, after I lost 1500 e-mail messages I was backing up almost daily for a short while.

FROM: Robben
DATE: Tuesday January 14, 2003 -- 3:44:59 pm
I've been using computers for about 15 or so years. One thing I learned a loooong time ago was to back up. Lost some really important data - my school project. Had to redo the thing at the last minute.
With harddisks getting bigger every month, it seems, the backup solution has to change with it. Tape drive is retired and I've since had to rethink what would work the best. My last computer is being used by my g/f who backs up from one harddisk to another and when i can get a matching drive for my new 40g'r (the old one spins at 5400 and doesn't seem to want to be compatable), it's the direction I'm headed. For now, I burn the critical data onto CD-Rs.

FROM: Marcus Mackey [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 21, 2003 -- 3:50:44 am
I have 2 Mac's and a PC (not counting my Powerbook) at my disposal, more often than not I share items between the 3 systems via a Hotline or KDX Server/Client system, transferring important files between the 3, with the idea of their being greater safety in #'s/volumes (far easier than implementing a Kerberos, Samba, or Appleshare network). It also allows me an easy way to transfer files to and from other people, often more capable than AOL Instant Messenger which has issues with home-based cable/DSL internet routers and firewalls, even with ports set or DMZ settings enabled. KDX even supports encrypted file transfer and chat functionality, even if it has a simple to use but totally obscure/odd interface. Revanex Suite also looks promising, created by Bracast and with a more System specific interface befitting of the differing nuances between the respective platforms.

I also back items up via CD-R/CD-RW when the time comes that I need to. That's largely why I have the drive in the first place. Combine a CD-R/CD-RW with a program like DiskTracker for Mac, and you have a good system for back-up and archiving and checking a searchable database for finding a particular file/document at a moment's notice. Extremely handy considering that even with 800MB of data on the modern CD-R/CD-RW, you can still have tons of files archived and take awhile to trace through them.

FROM: Donald Main [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 25, 2006 -- 11:52:11 pm

This company launched a product allowing you to backup your cell phone contacts. I saw them at the CES show.

Paul September 18, 2008, 1:39 pm

Backing up has saved my bacon, again. My hard drive died – completely – on Sunday, and as we speak the latest backup also from Sunday is being restored to a new drive.

On the other hand, Hitachi’s return policy for hard drives under warranty, like my faulty one, sucks. I’m required to use a certain type of packaging (which costs 1/4 the price of my new hard drive) otherwise my warranty will be voided! And as a bonus, they won’t ship out a replacement drive in advance and thus I can’t reuse that packaging. So helpful!

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