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The Great Backup Strategy

I have a confession. I haven’t been backing up my data.

“What!? Do you think hard drives last forever? What about all your financial records? What about all the church financial records? Aren’t all your kids’ pictures on your computer? What were you thinking?”

Well, I was trying to burn a CD periodically. But sometimes I didn’t get around to it. And I couldn’t fit all the digital pictures onto a single CD. I didn’t really have a plan. I finally asked for advice in the Joel on Software forum. And now here’s my Great Backup Strategy:

I found a good deal on a 120gb internal drive. (Bigger than I need, but I can also use it as scratch-space for making home-movies.) I downloaded SyncBack (I can’t believe it’s freeware — I highly recommend it.) My computer now updates the backup copy of my data files every 30 minutes. Cheap & easy!

Ideally, I would also automatically rsync my data to some server, but I have dial-up, so any off-site data storage will have to involve some walking. Besides, I’ve got to do something with all those CD-R discs I got for free after rebate.

October 26, 2004 1 Comment.

One Comment

  1. Bob Aman replied:

    Yeah, I’m sort of planning on going with the DIY NAS strategy. In the meantime, I’m going with NO BACKUPS AT ALL. I should at least back up my web service code probably. But… then there’s laziness.

    October 26th, 2004 at 5:29 pm. Permalink.

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