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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 4:30 pm

Data Loss Humor

A ZDNet item that got Slashdotted moments ago reminds me why I back-up my data so frequently and frantically.

…A woman placed her laptop on top of her car while she got in. She forgot about the laptop, which slid off the back of her car, and she then reversed straight over it and reported hearing a ‘crunch’…

Hard-drive platterMy seriousness when it comes to backup peaked a couple of months ago. As part of my ‘paranoia approach’ to backup, I have bi-weekly procedure which includes mirroring my entire hard-drive (~150,000 files), doing data integrity tests and a shallow sanity check using ‘diff‘ to ensure that no data was explicitly erased by accident.

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