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Old June 3rd, 2013, 11:39 PM
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After backing up some of my data from my PC, I'm thinking of this...

Did you backing up your data from your PC or Laptop? If yes, I wonder how often, and why would you backing up your data?
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Old June 4th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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I backup at least once a month. You can never know if something will go horribly wrong and lose everything.
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Old June 4th, 2013, 06:06 PM
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I literally have almost nothing important on here so I never back up :\

I don't have time for it either. Everything I need is on google drive so there is no need
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Old June 4th, 2013, 09:24 PM
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A good chunk of my files are stored away on multiple external flash drives, but it's been quite a while since I've actually backed up my data (like, at least a year and a half). Considering how old my computer is, I should really do this a lot more often, because there will come a day where it'll be too late to do it, and it wouldn't surprise me if that's sooner rather than later.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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I have a 1 TB hard drive that I bought for about $70 that I use to back up everything important that I have.

I also created a small software that can easily back up files for you. I put it in the ROM Hacking Forum, but it's good for anything.

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Old June 7th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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I have a 2 TB drive and I back up my stuff about once a month. Does anyone have a good recommendation for backup software? The one that came with my drive was terrible, so terrible that I had to uninstall it. Normally I just copy/paste over all my files as a data back up and then make a mirror image backup in case I ever need a full OS restore.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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I backup every time I install something on my computer, and once a week if I haven't installed anything. Usually Sundays are my backup days. It's very important to do so!
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Old June 7th, 2013, 05:30 PM
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I never back up. You'd think after losing my data 10+ times I'd learn, but I haven't yet lol

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Old June 7th, 2013, 07:16 PM
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Everything I want/need to back up is on some kind of cloud service. It's a bit easier to access versus a hard drive I might forget about some time into the future, and it also allows me to look at those files constantly versus shoving them into a metaphorical corner.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:13 PM
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Backing up your data is really, really important. I tend to save all of my documents locally, then copy it to my external hard drive.

Every so often I'll look at the stuff that's on the external and delete anything I don't need or want. I don't have THAT much data, but if I did lose my stuff I'd be devastated.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 07:45 PM
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No. There's very little on my drive that is simultaneously both unrecoverable through some other means and of vital importance to me.

If I was going to recommend a backup solution to someone else, it would vary based on their needs. A RAID-1 configuration should be more than sufficient for any consumer, plus it can speed up IO by roughly a multiple of how many drives are in the array. Someone running a server of some sort might be better served by a RAID 5 configuration, which would increase uptime in case of a failure. A developer might want to have a more traditional backup solution, in case something important gets deleted or overwritten.

For medium or large businesses, you want the best of all worlds. RAID 5 or 6 (depending on whether performance or fault tolerance is more important) as well as weekly offline backups stored offsite.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 03:27 AM
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i have never backed up my computer. and i have never lost any data. ever. its kind of funny actually.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 05:43 AM
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I never really backed up any data. I just save some important stuff into thumbdrives and that's all.

I find no need to backup everything.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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No. There's very little on my drive that is simultaneously both unrecoverable through some other means and of vital importance to me.

If I was going to recommend a backup solution to someone else, it would vary based on their needs. A RAID-1 configuration should be more than sufficient for any consumer, plus it can speed up IO by roughly a multiple of how many drives are in the array. Someone running a server of some sort might be better served by a RAID 5 configuration, which would increase uptime in case of a failure. A developer might want to have a more traditional backup solution, in case something important gets deleted or overwritten.

For medium or large businesses, you want the best of all worlds. RAID 5 or 6 (depending on whether performance or fault tolerance is more important) as well as weekly offline backups stored offsite.
And since the average user probably won't understand this post let alone know how to set up a RAID (which I learned about in college ^ ^), I'll drop a link so the curious can read up. ^ ^ http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/R/RAID.html

I'd go with RAID 1 (Mirroring) myself. It's the easier method for a home user. Most of the RAID methods are for businesses/servers .

Like others I've never had a HDD failure since I upgrade every 4 years. I still have data from over 10 years ago as well. xD

But what about software? No one ever seems to recommend good back up software. The Windows 7 proved unreliable for me as well as Western Digital's "Smartware". Still looking for recommendations please!
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Old June 9th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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...y'all reminded me to back up my data. I should do that today or sometime overnight into tomorrow.

Anyways, I had a thread about file backups a while back, but it expired so now there's this thread.

As I said in the old thread, I generally perform my routine backups on valuable files such as documents, videos, photos, and music every 3-6 months, or a grand backup of a computer before I reformat it that way I don't get emotional and upset with losing a file I really needed.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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I don't backup too often, mainly because in the moment I'm not doing too much stuff, that needs to be backuped. What I should consider doing is backing up a list of installed packages on my Linux system. Last time I had some trouble with some update made me almost reinstall my whole system. In the end I brought everything back to normal.

About RAID: RAID is not a backup solution. It's used either for data mirroring (faster access), or file restoration (if one of your harddrives gets corrupted), or both. A backup is completely independend and is used when your complete system gets corrupted.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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I never used to back up my stuff and never had a reason to but I bought an external hard drive and backed up everything on my laptop to my hard drive just so I can say I use it.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 07:44 AM
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It's always a good idea to back up. Your computer could experience critical errors of such severity that you need to format and reinstall your OS.

Such an event happened to me only a couple of days ago when I was forced to reinstall Windows 8 due to CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED errors preventing me from getting past the boot screen...

I've got a Western Digital MyPassport 500GB external hard drive where I store important files, and it's proved invaluable in the recuperation of my computer.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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f you’re someone who uses a computer for anything in your day-to-day life, you need data backup software. This software can ensure that your most important data remains after any sort of failure within your computer. We have many things on our computers that we have put a lot of time and effort into. Sure, we could go back and do it again, but it’s hard to get the feeling back from the moment you wrote the perfect song. None of us could remember everything we wrote down, so the best parts of what we created get lost forever.
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I don't regularly backup my data, unfortunately, but I do have it on Dropbox and I have redundancy all over the place. Idk, if it's really important (like photos and the like), I have them on Dropbox so I'll have them in the cloud. :)
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Old August 5th, 2013, 11:44 PM
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I would backing up my data occasionally, in case if I'll delete them from my harddisk or when I'm cleaning up my harddisk.
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I rely on Windows Backup for massive file backups to an external hard disk drive, in addition to manual copy-and-paste stuff for things that I'd like to retrieve easily, anywhere.
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Old August 6th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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I generally don't, even though I know I should. There's a lot of stuff that I'd be upset to lose, like photos and things.
... In fact, I'm probably going to back things up right now.
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Old August 6th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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There isn't anything important that I have to back up for now, though I use a 32 GB flash drive if I need to store files for college.
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Old August 6th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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I really should. Although tbh the only reason I can think of for losing all my data (at the moment, particularly as I'm quite careful, I've got quite favourable odds on not getting a virus on my mac) is if my house burns down - and my backup would most likely also be in my house too so...I really don't want my house to burn down :(.
I guess (I don't know if this is possible, probably is but I'm not savvy enough) if I could I'd have a backup drive at home that I could store all my data on whilst my laptop's with me at Uni.
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