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Your Backup Solution

Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by aimeeandbeatles, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    What do you use for backing up?
    Note: I have no confidental files. ;)

    Music and Videos Either burn onto CD/DVD's, or upload them to MediaFire or something.
    Software Keys Google Docs. Also written down in a notebook.
    Documents Google Docs.
    Software Installers I burn them to CD/DVD's. Sometimes, if not available anymore, I upload (freeware) installers for friends on MediaFire.
    Pictures CD/DVD. Also ImageShack/Photobucket.
    Bookmarks Foxmarks.
    FireFox Addons I just write the names down and save them in Google Docs or something.
    Email I use Gmail, so don't need backup.
    Misc CD/DVD, or upload. Depending on what it is.

    :)
     
  2. Jerrymander

    Jerrymander Epistemologist

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    I just have an external, and important documents on several flash drives. I don't really backup besides that.

    Oh, and nerd that I am, my external is formatted with the Ext3 filesystem, not NTFS. No cancer there.
     
  3. Genocidicbunny

    Genocidicbunny Bug squasher

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    MozBackup for all my mozilla products. Everything else goes onto a disconnected HD or a connected storage drive that doesnt get formatted often.

    All my music is on my ipod so i can always recover that from there. Important documents go onto a file server and a r/w CD.

    Software keys are always taped to the cases for the software which are kept out of the way. ( Or written down in an encrypted text file).

    All Important documents that are not stored away from my computer are on an encrypted partition ( TrueCrypt ) for on-site backup.
     
  4. Speedo

    Speedo Esse Quam Videri

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    Everything important goes on my server, which runs mirrored drives. I should really do backups of it, but I'm lazy about it tbh. Everything important that has to be on the main PC (email, documents, projects, etc) is backed up to the server nightly, with backups incrementing so that I always have copies going back a week.
     
  5. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    I don't take backups. I don't see any need for it. :undecide:
     
  6. taper

    taper Meet Tux

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    External hard drive in a fire box. I try to do weekly backups, but I'm often lazy. I do it after big changes though. My pictures are burnt to a CD every once in awhile and kept at my parent's house, so even a fire won't destroy those.
     
  7. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Night Elven Ghost Agent

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    I use 7z and compress my images, saves, etc and save them onto a Mass Drive (USB Stick or iPod). I also have a dedicated USB stick to store installation programs for many of the programs that I use as well as firefox extensions, themes, settings, profile, and passwords.
     
  8. Quintillus

    Quintillus Archiving Civ3 Content Supporter

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    Not near as much as it should be. For general data, I backup to DVD-RW. Which I last did in April. i.e. not nearly recently enough. Suffice to say I trust that Hitachi made a good hard drive. I really ought to buy an external hard drive so backups are easier, but that costs money, which I'd rather not spend.

    For sensitive data, I don't have enough of it on my hard drive that anyone could glean access to anything from it - only part of what they'd need. However, it's just on plain-text files with obvious names, with no passwords preventing anyone from starting up my computer. If I had sufficient sensitive data that it could be useful I'd put effort into protecting it.

    Bookmarks I keep backed up using Opera Link - one of my favorite features of my web browser. Though until about six months ago I didn't keep any bookmarks at all.

    Almost forgot System Restore. I got down below 50 MB of free space a few weeks back and Windows deleted all my restore points automatically, so I no longer care whether it's on or not since it wouldn't go back all that far anyways.

    So basically I'm in trouble if my computer crashes and isn't easily recoverable. But I've excessive confidence in the hardware, as well as XP, and am in college, so I don't spend the money or time that would make a crash less disastrous.
     
  9. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    I got a WD Terabyte hard-drive ($200) and a an external case for it made by Thermaltake ($50). Comes in handy more often than not.
     
  10. Lugh

    Lugh Prince

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    The technology was never the problem for me. Like a few posters said, time and discipline are the issues. So I use online backup for everything, it runs quietly daily without me having to lift a finger.

    Mozy.com is the one I use, other good ones are Carbonite.com and Amazon's Jungle Disk.

    I also use Gmail for email, but download it to my desktop client every time I want to use it. Much faster, and also ensures I have a backup.
     
  11. Fr8monkey

    Fr8monkey Deity

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    I use a pencil.:lol:
     
  12. LucyDuke

    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    At work everything gets backed up to an external hard drive every three days, and that stuff gets burned to discs every few weeks. All of that is kind of overkill anyway, as we have paper copies of everything that's absolutely essential.

    At home, I don't back up enough. The handful of stuff that it would suck most to lose, I keep on a usb key which I copy over to a few different computers every so often. I don't back up music, games, or pictures. I probably should once in a while. Right now, though, the computer with the most of that stuff can't internet and has a broken cd burner, so the only way out of it is a usb key or a floppy. I ain't backing up 40gb of stuff on floppy disks. Not now, not never. No way.
     
  13. Phlegmak

    Phlegmak Deity

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    I use a 320 gb external hard drive.
     

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