Dec 142012
 
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My lessons in backing up important data and files goes all the way back to Commodore 64 days where I was typing out a book called “World of Drakken”, I was about 7 years old and there was a thunderstorm outside in N.Y. a power outage that ensued caused me to lose all of my data and about 28 pages of my novel because I didn’t backup my document to a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk at the time.

Since then, I have always kept various backups, pack rat amounts of backups of my data.  It started with 3 1/2 inch disk backups, moved onto CD’s and then DVD’s.  I still have DVD’s burned in drawers with pictures and documents from back in 2001/2002 sitting in my office.  I don’t know why, I actually have everything now synced to various cloud services like Skydrive and Dropbox (double redundancy for some items).  I also have USB Sticks several with 64GB capacity and keep backups of my data on those devices as well.

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Anything I can’t replace easily, I ensure is backed up.  The only thing I no longer backup is my giant MP3 collection, I have only listened to about 20 out of my hundreds of mp3 files burned from CD’s I own over the years, but since switching to Spotify I don’t deal with backing up my music anymore.  Anything purchased on iTunes exists in the cloud, and Spotify handles the rest.  Actually my biggest issue now isn’t backing everything up but keeping all my backups in sync to make sure they are current, I have a lot of backups in various places that range from 3 weeks old to years old without having updated data and at some point I need to consolidate all of this.

What needs to be backed up continues to increase all the time, this is especially true for web site owners and bloggers who have files online as well as offline.  Don’t think your hosting provider by default backs up all your data and databases, you need to make sure you are proactive about backing that information up or  you could lose it.  When using a free blogging service like Blogger or WordPress.com the cloud is larger and chances of losing your data permanently are less than if you run a self hosted WordPress infrastructure.  I often consider whether or not I should procure Backup Server Systems or rely on manual backup or script based backups running on the servers themselves.  I have several WordPress plugins to handle backups and rely on some backup functionality and automation provided by my hosting provider but you never can be too careful.

Do You Have a Backup Story?

What stories do you have around backing up information or data, do you have a nightmare where you didn’t back something up and lost important data?  Or how about a story where you lost your original data and you were thankful you had done a data backup just a few days or weeks before?

Share your stories on how good or bad you are at keeping all your important data backed up and what backup methods you prefer whether it still be burning files to DVD, USB Flash drives, External Drives, cloud backup services or something else.


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Justin Germino
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  • http://technicallyeasy.net/ Paul Salmon

    For me, I haven’t really lost any data, but I do have a backup strategy in place. I keep my data on an external hard drive next to my computer. From that hard drive I also backup online and to a second mobile hard drive. The second hard drive is stored offsite so if something were to happen to my house, I will still be able to retrieve my data.

    Now for my picky-pain-in-the-neck moment. The disk sizes were actually 5.25″ and 3.5″ (you have them backwards in the post).

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      You are absolutely right, thank you for pointing out my mistake in the floppy drive sizes (I corrected article).

      Also, what type of mobile hard drive do you use, what makes it “mobile” vs a standard external hard drive, do you just mean USB flash drive or something else? Any cloud service provider you prefer (Google, Microsoft, Carbonite…etc)

      • http://technicallyeasy.net/ Paul Salmon

        Hey, no worries about the floppy disk sizes ;).

        As for my mobile hard drive, it is a Western Digital 1TB 2.5″ hard drive so they are smaller than a traditional external hard drive, which makes them easier to carry around. They use a micro-USB connector – the same one I use with my Android phone.

        For my online backup I am going with BackBlaze since they have unlimited backup for only a few bucks a month. I have about 370 GB backed up online, and haven’t had any issues, not even upload speed slowness as some “unlimited” cloud services seem to impose after a certain amount of storage.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

          I haven’t heard of them, so always curious to know which providers people are using. Thanks for sharing.