Friday, August 12, 2016

Do you have data on your computer that you care about?

No?  You can stop reading.  Everyone else needs to go here.

History repeats itself because nobody listens the first time.


thesouthtexaspistolero said...

Thanks for the link, my friend!

That rant was the manifestation of several conversations with users over the last couple of, well, I guess months, and everything I wished I could get away with telling them, exactly how I wish I could tell them. I probably could, if I put it in not quite so blunt terms, but I was and am not sure if I'd want to risk it. My position is as much customer service as it is technical support, so I don't have as much leeway to say things as I often wished I did. Yay for blogs, amirite? :D

drjim said...

Yep, I do daily incremental backups, and a weekly full backup.

What do you guys use as a storage medium? I have a couple of dedicated hard drives that are ONLY used for the backups.

And yes, I've done a restore from bare metal just to make sure I know how to do it.

thesouthtexaspistolero said...

What do you guys use as a storage medium?

I just use a 500 GB Toshiba USB solid-state drive, similar to this one:

Aaron de Bruyn said...

If you care about your data there are three things:
* Use Linux or BSD
* Use ZFS snapshots and replication (I never thought it was possible for a man to fall in love with a filesystem)
* Use tarsnap

I had 4 out of 6 drives fail within 72 hours of each other. Never lost one bit of data.