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Old 09-16-2013, 05:47 AM   #11
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occasionally back up data to a external HD and store it in the safe. If its info I may need to access regularly I keep it on a thumb drive just in case.

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Old 09-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #12
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I'm a BIG believer in regular backups. While photo editor at Texas Highways magazine, I was also the section's "computer guy." This meant I kept around 16 Mac computers updated, running, and backed up. We used Retrospect to backup every evening to dedicated hard drives, which we rotated every week. I also kept an offsite backup set at my home. In my 15 years there, we only lost ONE computer, to a power surge. The backup made getting the replacement back into production easy. Most times I needed to go into the backups were the result of human error, somebody deleting a file by mistake.

Now that I'm retired, my home MacPro desk machine has 4 internal hard drives. #1 has all OS files, applications, etc. #2 is a clone of it. #3 is my Lightroom_Library, with about 33K digital files. #4 is a clone of #3. Whenever I work in Lightroom, after I finish I use SuperDuper to clone #3 to #4. Once a month, I go to my workshop, 100 yards from house, and get the "offsite" drives; and backup the two main drives in the MacPro, plus my laptop and my wife's laptop.

In addition, we have a Time Capsule that runs all the time in the background.

After all, it is not a matter of IF a hard drive will fail; it's just a matter of WHEN. Be prepared!


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Old 09-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #13
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Hacking after thoughts - are you backed up?

Anyone else getting a ton of spam email all the sudden? Wondering if its from this.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:36 PM   #14
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Great subject. How many times have I ultimately had to advise people to go to data recovery services. By the way, if you want your data, and it is recoverable - it typically starts at $3000 and goes up from there.

Of course that is a case where all the typical methods have failed - and usually it is businesses I'm doing this for - where that may not be as big a hit.

For me it is CrashPlan online. I have a "server" where we store everything. Crashplan makes a copy of all my data on a local USB drive every night - and I have versioning in the cloud copy of the same.

Also, if you have a buddy and are tech savy, you can do Crashplan for free. Back up to each other - with encryption so you can't see each other stuff. Pretty cool.....

But all said - whatever you do - BACK IT UP - and do it OFFSITE!


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