Comments: Backup that data!

Backup, backup, backup. I was doing a monthly backup and quit when we moved. Missed it for 4 months. And then I burned up my laptop. Darn fan on the bottom. ;-)

Posted by vw bug at July 16, 2006 06:20 PM

I was brought up by belt and suspenders folks. One asked, "What if your backup device fails?" As a result:

I make full (then incremental) disk copies to an 80 Gb USB disk.

I do the same to two smaller SCSI drives. (The SCSI drives have the advantage that the card updates the BIOS to show the drive. You can access the drive even from a DOS floppy.)

And I also burn critical stuff, (Tax Returns, etc) to a CD and to Sparq and/or Zip drives.

Just like the market, the key is to diversify.

Posted by Frank Borger at July 17, 2006 09:07 AM

Good plan, Frank. I could have expounded at length about data backup, but it gets quite tedious to some people. Here's my approach to critical data:

1) backup to disc #1

2) subsequent back to disc #2

3) alternate each backup between each device/drive/etc.

This should guarantee that you're never more than one backup away from your data. The scheduling is up to you.

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