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Monday, January 10th, 2005, 3:35 am

Backup Fallacy

Hard-drive

Hard-drives are far more fragile and error-prone than computer users imagine. From my survey amongst friends and colleagues, it appears that almost nobody retains a remote copy of personal data. If errors were ever to strike, the result would be devastating. I have seen people losing their in-progress Ph.D. thesis, Masters dissertation and work documents. All it takes to prevent such tragedies is one of the following routines:

  • Backup on CDR.
  • Backup using a remote FTP server. To store only the recent differences, search by the last modified field.
  • Free software packages like Rsync.
  • Occasional hard-drive to hard-drive copy/mirror (volume sharing, redundancy).

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