When it comes to your digital life... do you know how at risk you are of losing it? Most of you who are reading this have probably heard this kind of thing before... but the real question I'm interested in... how many of you actually backup your digital life? When your computer decides to hiccup, cough, or just plain die on you... will all of your memories go with it? (Looking with eyes wide open at my family members here.)

If you don't already back things up... you probably fit into one of a couple different categories:

1. You have a blind faith in your computer's hard drive... thinking it will always turn on and start right up for you.

2. You feel overwhelmed by the idea of backups because you don't really understand how to go about doing it.

3. You know you should... you know how to... you just enjoy the thrill of living at risk!

I'm interested to know what most of you guys think and do about this. A few weeks back I had an incident where an iTunes file on my system got corrupted. It represented many hours of work... and would have been a bummer to lose. Fortunately I was able to use a week old backup and was up and running again within minutes. A simple example... but really got me thinking about the whole idea.

Personally I've been using a program that came with my .Mac membership called Backup. I've got a pretty decent knowledge of where all my personal files exist so it gives me the freedom to backup what I want to... when I want to... how I want to. But this is by no means the only or best way. There are things like Time Machine for Macs... or even online stuff like Mozy. Even photo sites like Flickr can serve as a backup.

Are you backing up? Are you not convinced it's worth spending a little money to do? Do you fit in category 2 and just need some pointers?


Anonymous JP said...

I feel so guilty. I should back up. If I had a mac I would back up. I have an external drive sitting right here. I should. I don't.

4/07/2008 12:51 PM  
Blogger Raleigh said...

combination one or two, whichever one is the clueless group. it's quite pathetic.

4/08/2008 8:20 PM  
Blogger Deyl said...

LOVE time machine :)

4/09/2008 8:33 AM  
Blogger Autie said...

What do you mean looking eyes wide open at my family members...

I told you I just ran a backup on all my pictures before our visit to SB. I still need to do my important files, but I think you need to talk to mom & dad who fit in all three categories.

I still fit category #2 to an extent as we do not have a regular back-up scheduled. We run a photo backup anytime we start to feel nervous about how many pictures we have downloaded since our last backup.

What are your suggestions oh wise one for those of us who do not have a Mac and are not as computer savy as you?

4/09/2008 4:49 PM  
Blogger Brett Bollman said...

It's been awhile since I've used a PC for more than just testing stuff... but maybe I'll look around a little bit for some good backup software. And I'll post sometime soon about what I think is a good way to go about doing it.

I'll try and figure out the easiest way... cause let's face it... if it isn't easy... no one will do it.

4/10/2008 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I think I resent that truth! Ha!:) I know I fit into groups 1,2,and 3, BUT I remember my little boy used to say to me.... "MOMMY when I get big, I am going to be rich and take care of you." Well, you certainly aren't RICH, but you COULD take care of my back up for me. I really do need you to show me how.

Love ya....MOM:)

4/16/2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger JeffersonTodd said...

We recently switched from using Backup to Time Machine and while they both do great daily backup, Time Machine backs up every hour and will automatically delete the oldest backup if the drive fills up. Backup wouldn't delete the old backups and would stop doing its job if the drive filled up.

Since activating Time Machine we've had a 500Gig drive go out on us. We replaced it with a new drive, named it the same and then started Time Machine. It showed all of the files that were previously on the drive so we just selected them and hit Restore. Voila! It copied all of the files back and we were up and running in an hour.

Now if I can only get better about plugging my laptop into a backup drive...

10/05/2008 6:34 PM  

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