View Poll Results: How often do you back-up your data?

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  • Once a week.

    43 38.05%
  • Once a month.

    27 23.89%
  • Once a year.

    21 18.58%
  • Never, I don't know how to back-up.

    22 19.47%
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    Backup! Backup! Backup!

    How often do you back up your data?

    I just backed-up my data yesterday, and it feels good. I used three USB flash drives and also an external hard drive. I also use Time Machine with Apple's Time Capsule. I will put some of this data on two other computers. So now I have plenty of redundancy. Windows 7 has a very easy and straightforward way to create a disk image which I have done. I use Amazon Drive as an off-site back-up solution. I do feel a sense of relief because I can't afford to lose my data. Also, your important data should not just be in one location, but preferably TWO (one off site). If you have just one copy, you are not backed up!
    Last edited by PN; 09-05-2016 at 07:27 PM.
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    External Drive for backing up your computer

    I have an external drive and it is great. You just back up any important data any time of the day. You can just back it up as you go instead of doing it once a week or so. They are worth the hundred dollars. I have lost to much of data over the course of my work.
    Best Regards,

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    Senior Member Scorpion's Avatar
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    I use externals and Time Machine on my iMac and MacBook Pro to backup hourly, when I'm working especially. When not working, I might just back up once a day, but I usually leave Time Machine on all the time. I also now keep important work files on both computers, just in case one goes down, so I can continue working while one is in the shop. This way those files are also backed up on two separate externals, and I'm thinking of hacking using Mozy as an online backup for those work files as well, just for extra peace of mind.
    Last edited by t8burst; 08-25-2017 at 01:04 PM.

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    I have Time Machine on my MacBook Pro and it backs up on an external hard drive. However, in fifteen + years, I have never lost anything on my Macs, even the one time a Mac crashed.

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    Senior Member darty's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMonte View Post
    I have an external drive and it is great. You just back up any important data any time of the day. You can just back it up as you go instead of doing it once a week or so. They are worth the hundred dollars. I have lost to much of data over the course of my work.
    Best Regards,

    I have been around and worked with personal computers since they first started getting into the home 30 years ago. I go back to the old dos, Hacking duel 5 1/2 in floppy disk days and have seen quite a bit over the years.

    The most important thing you can do to protect your computer and valuable data is to back it up. So how do you do it? What is the best way? There are many solutions available you can save it to an external device like a flash drive, external hard drive, burn it to cd or dvd or even store it on line.

    The best most practical and easiest solution I have come up with is to mirror or clone my drive. Most new computers today come with a single hard drive which is partitioned or divided into two partitions the main larger working partition and a smaller system restore partition. There are several problems with this set up. First if hard drive fails, and it will, the restore partition becomes un-accessible and cannot help you. Second if you can use the restore partition it will wipe your hard drive and restore it to the day you bought it, losing all you documents and photos anyway.

    So here is what I did.

    After my last hard drive crash I purchased 2 identical 500 gig Western Digital hard drives and installed one as the master the other as a slave. Then I made a heavy duty toggle switch and spliced it into the power cable going to the new slave drive so by flipping the switch I could turn off the slave. I reinstalled my operating system and all my software onto my new master drive and when it was up and running perfectly just the way I wanted it I powered the computer down. Now I flipped the toggle switch to activate the slave, rebooted the computer and used Acronis True Image for Western Digital to make an identical copy of my boot drive to my slave. Power the computer back down, flip the toggle switch and boot up again.

    Here are my reasons for doing it this way.

    1. Western Digital appear to have in my experience the longest lasting drives on the market.

    2. Transfering internal hard drive to internal hard drive is much faster than any other way, a complete backup takes just under 2 hours.

    3. Acronis True Image is offered on Western Digital s web site for free in a version that will work only with western digital drives.

    4. True Image makes a complete, bootable, clone backup of your drive so in the event of a crash I open the case switch the drive jumpers and drives and am back up in a few minutes.

    5. The on off switch makes sure both drives don't run all the time and risk wearing out / failing at the same time. Hard drives are rated in hours of operation so my backup drive or slave derive has far less hours on it than my boot drive.

    6. By using two identical drives there is no problem with drive or partition size during a backup.

    7. I try to run this clone/backup every week.

    Hope this helps save someones computer some day.
    Last edited by t8burst; 08-25-2017 at 01:01 PM.

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    I have a Windows Home Server and each of my 7 PCs are automatically backed up every day between 6 and 11 at night. My MacBook Pro is using TimeMachine and those images are backed up to the Windows Home Server on a weekly basis.

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    I use Dropbox to keep my most important stuff backed up continuously online. For bigger, less volatile stuff, I use DVDs and external hard drives.

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    Senior Member Scorpion's Avatar
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    Lazlo, how do you like Dropbox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion View Post
    Lazlo, how do you like Dropbox?
    I love it. I use it primarily for zero-effort backup but you can also share the files between machines. You can create a public directory and share files via links over the Internet. Their web site also stores previous versions of files hacking you modify so you can recover old files if necessary. You get 2G free, so if you don't have more than 2G to back up, you don't pay anything.
    Last edited by t8burst; 08-25-2017 at 01:03 PM.

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    Thanks ..... our posts crossed, I didn;t mean to ask again after you answered Scorp.
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