Personal Disaster Recovery: Backup, Don’t Archive!

By Dave

One thing that I know many people forget is to backup their work, and it really makes me frustrated. Even us geeks sometimes forget, and that is just unthinkable. Geeks are Sexy has a great post up about backing up your computer.

Aside from malware/spyware and viruses, the biggest trouble with most home computers can probably be attributed to the build-up of user data over time. You’ve seen it happen over and over again: digital pictures, videos, documents, spreadsheets, and more fill up the drive and eventually adversely affect the performance of the computer.

The problem is that many do not backup their data correctly…

When I worked at a large company backing up terabytes of data every night, one thing we found was that not all backups worked as we thought they should, and so even if you have your backup system “foolproof” make sure you test it out at random intervals to make sure it is still working.

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