"Roy Schestowitz" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Roy Lewallen wrote:
> > Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> >> Can someone please tell me the benefits of Palm backup programs? Why
> >> just make copies of the relevant data file? I must be missing
> >> or else people would not be _paying_ to have a failsafe.
> >> Roy
> > Ah, why back up computer files? Why not just make copies of the
> > important files on the hard disk? The answer is that there are failure
> > mechanisms that can cause loss of *all* the data on a hard drive, or in
> > a PDA's memory, all at once, in an instant. Doesn't matter how many
> > copies you have -- they can all be wiped out at once.
> I don't put the copy on the same hard drive, of course. I store it on a
> secure FTP and on a second computer.
> > I personally had my Palm lose all its brains in the middle of a business
> > trip, where I was using the Palm to record business expenses. It was the
> > first and last time I ever used it for that or any other important
> > purpose, unless I had my laptop along in order to make frequent backups.
> This I understand.
> > I recently got my second Palm, a Zire 31. The first software I got for
> > it was software to back up its contents to an SD card, which will retain
> > the data even if the machine loses it brains. But even the SD card can
> > fail, so critical files can be backed up to a second card
> Is there a built-in Palm functionality which transfers all data to my SD
> card? I know commercial products exist, but all I really want is to
> duplicate the100 KB or so of data from the 4 'main' applications.
> > which can
> > then be removed and safely stored. And for the first time, I'll use the
> > Palm to store data that can't easily be replaced -- but it'll be well
> > backed up.
> > I hope you don't have to experience a hard drive or PDA crash to learn
> > the importance of backing up. It's a tough way to learn. But the lesson
> > *will* stay with you!
> I have an almost unblemished record of enduring failures and restoring
> I am worried, however, about these between-HotSyncs moments of anxiety.
> Roy Schestowitz
Some backups are freeware, some are a stunning $10, as was mentioned. Either
way, I don't want the hassle; I'll back the whole thing up and be sure that
I didn't miss anything. In fact, I suspect the whole backup is faster and
more reliable than picking and choosing, then navigating and performing
specific file backups.