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Jul 28, 2006

45 Seconds to Back Up?!

Moodimg013maandgtrs I just backed up my blog -- 500+ entries since December 2003.  The whole thing burned to the CD in 45 seconds.  Wow.  That's not much time for a lot of time spent monkeying around on the web.

Is your blog backed up?  How about all your other data?  And do you have another copy off site?  Huhn, huhn?  Well do ya?

While you're at it, feel free to share stories happy or sad about backups, especially the off site kind.  I keep reminding my clients to do it, but I don't have any anecdotes to help burn it into their heads.


Image boosted from MKBack-Up who wants to know, "Hoe goed is uw organisatie beschermd tegen dataverlies?"

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I once accidently deleted an entire blog from the Movable Type database. Entries, templates, everything. It wasn't a personal blog either; I was using MT to run a gallery site for an artist friend of mine.

I contacted my ISP but they said they only back up the entire drive in case of hardware failure. Backing up the DB was my responsibility and I had never done it.

I still had the output pages (i.e. the site that you see on the web) so I was able to rebuild the blog without my friend ever finding out there was anything wrong with his site. It took over 30 hours. Even that made me feel lucky on one level: if anything had happened to the output pages, or if I had been using dynamic templates, I would have been screwed. Hope that helps scare your clients into backing up their data!

Posted by: Sarah | Jul 31, 2006 9:45:30 AM

How do you back it up??

Posted by: stew | Aug 1, 2006 5:46:56 PM

In TypePad it's easy to back up most of your data quickly. Their "export" command generates one monster text file that has all the posts and comments (but not links).

For the original format, illustrations, and (I think) links, I just clicked through the archives, month by month, and saved each month as a whole web page.

The saved web pages include all my illustrations in the size they were originally displayed. I don't get the larger versions (that you'd often get by clicking on the smallers) but that's no big deal since I have the originals elsewhere.

It occurs to me that I don't have organized backups of the photo albums, but that's no big deal since I have all the originals elsewhere.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 2, 2006 1:37:25 AM

p.s. I'm not sure if the Export included the photo captions. Again, not a big deal. But I ought to grab them for completeness. You know, so I won't have a hard time going to sleep.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 2, 2006 1:38:42 AM

Sarah -- that's a horrible story. I'm glad you got it done, though. And thanks for giving me the "output pages" term/definition.

Did your friend ever find out? Does she read your blogs and related blogs?!

Thanks for sharing. Ugh!

Posted by: Phil | Aug 2, 2006 1:40:28 AM