Patrick Gill Your data looks good, won’t you back that thing up…

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m a guy that is an evangelist for backing up data. Seriously, I think it is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself, your loved ones, and your data. I mean, what says “I love you” more than, “Worry not, I’ve got our data backed up and secure.” Yeah. I believe in it BIG time. So, why did I lose the majority of my family videos and photos? Because, like a lot of people, I was getting around to it and then, it was too late.

Backup!My external hard drive crashed. And apparently not a minor crash, but a-motor-head-came-loose-and-destroyed-my-platter crash. At least this is what a recovery company told me after examining the disk for a few days. Why, oh WHY, did I wait? I knew the external drives were getting old, and I knew I had sensitive data on them. But there is no vision like hindsight I guess.

So what do I do now? I back up. And I don’t just copy things from here to there. I made things a bit more robust. I now have two external drives that are mirrored, but they are attached with USB to my computer. I use Time Machine to backup all of my computers individually to these drives. But this only mitigates a drive failure. It obviously won’t protect against a fire or even a rambunctious three-year-old that has a high probability of knocking over one or both of these drives while they are writing, or some other home travesty. So to protect against onsite hazards I use Data Cave’s backup service to make sure my data is offsite. This also provides me with the capability to restore anything I want at any time I want.

I can restore everything, or just a folder, or just a file. I like this particularly well because we have all been at the point where we know we just had this certain file but can’t find it. No problem. I can access Data Cave online, grab my file, and bring it down within minutes (depending on the file size of course). This provides me with ease of mind as well because I know my data at Data Cave is being replicated, so there are multiple copies there as well.

Whew! That is a lot of my data being backed up in a lot of ways. And that makes me (and my wife) feel secure that our data will not suffer another family history loss. I am going to continue researching the best, most secure ways to backup, but what are your opinions? Do you see a better service or better way of doing things? Let’s discuss…

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