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To: aimhigh

I concede the convenience of backing up to the cloud. But I’ve seen businesses fold because their sole backup turned out to be worthless, after a hardware failure.

My life is on my own drives. And my own drives are backed up, daily. And offsite copies are kept, of the backups, whenever I remember to swap the backup drives and take one with me to work. (Which is every couple of weeks.)

The important thing is that I’m always running on a restored backup. If you’ve never done a full restore from a bare disk, you’re not really doing a backup. There’s no way, short of that, to know whether your backup process actually works.

So every time I set up a new system, and configure an automate backup method, I let the automated system do its thing, then the next day I pull the working drive, grab the backup and a bare drive, and do a restore.

And I’ll do it again, every year or to, just to make sure things are still working.

Untested procedures don’t work. And single points of failure will always fail.


8 posted on 08/06/2012 2:19:09 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Amen.

I just cannot understand why anyone would want to rely upon a cloud based service to store their data or even as their primary backup.

Hard drives are incredibly cheap (up to 2 TB for around $100) and much faster to access than even the fastest broadband internet connection. Data can be priceless.

I backup my entire network onto secondary hard drives throughout the day. Once a day I also backup everything to a removable hard drive, which I take home at night (I have several and rotate them). Finally, I also backup everything to a cloud based service.

If my network fails, I can immediately retrieve my data from one of the secondary hard drives, and only lose at most a few hours of data. If my office burns to the ground, I can retrieve everything from my removable hard drive and only lose at most one day's worth of data (all of which can be retrieved from the cloud service).

18 posted on 08/06/2012 2:43:47 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: jdege

You chose... wisely.

I use Acronis True Image almost exclusively. It’s never let me down, and it’s saved my bacon more than once.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 2:58:13 PM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: jdege; CodeToad

See 8. Agree?


27 posted on 08/06/2012 4:47:09 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jdege
The important thing is that I’m always running on a restored backup. If you’ve never done a full restore from a bare disk, you’re not really doing a backup. There’s no way, short of that, to know whether your backup process actually works.

All your advice is spot on! Me and the wife don't trust the cloud. Simple stuff yes, but the majority of our data stays at home. Multiple backups on different drives, one of which is rotated to a fireproof safe.

Stupid is as stupid does, I've seen so-called professionals screw up backups. 20 years ago I was one of two system engineers in charge of running an IBM mainframe site for a hospital complex. The contractors who did the initial build of the facilities were very protective of the documentation until the handover into my hands a month after going live (I spent 6 months trying to pry info out of them, they rebuffed me citing confidential proprietary b.s.).

The system had been up several weeks when there was a failure, and data needed to be retrieved. No data on the tapes, the system had written nothing on a daily basis! When me and my colleague got handover a week later, we had to rewrite and document much of the system. We also implemented regular power outage tests and data restores on a monthly basis.

29 posted on 08/06/2012 6:09:28 PM PDT by roadcat
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