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Apr 28, 2008

Back Up Your Files -- PSA

Just a friendly reminder to keep your files backed up.

My regular machine is having open heart surgery this week -- fixing some corrupt files, and getting a new hard drive.  My regular fix-it guy, Paul Rosenberg of Love Your Computer, says that catastrophic hardware failure is the biggest reason his customers keep him in business. (I thought it would be ignorance and laziness, but I was wrong.)

In any case, I'm glad I've been backing up nearly everything lately.  I'm not systematic about backups as I should be.  But I am paranoid.  That'll get you part way.

Writing to you from my happy little loaner computer.  I love Love Your Computer.

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Comments

The easy way to manage this:

1) Buy a Mac
2) Buy an external drive
3) Use Time Machine

I'm a backup-aholic, but even I am impressed at how easy Time Machine makes this. I've had to restore three machines this year, and each one was painless due to this nifty little app in Leopard.

Posted by: Tarus | Apr 28, 2008 7:05:37 PM

Well, you were both right. They get most of their business from catastrophic failure. And from ignorance and laziness. I'm too lazy and too ignorant to back up my computer, so when the hard disk fails (all hard disk drives fail, and when there is data on the hard disk--which is sometimes caused by installing a hard disk in a computer--we call it a 'catastrophic failure'), I have to pay somebody $300 to (try to) read the data off sector by sector. Didn't work last time, for me. I'm taking Tarus' advice and cranking up Time Machine today.

--the IT department of 3905 Cesar Chavez St

Posted by: Dave Hunkins | May 8, 2008 10:14:59 PM

Well, you were both right. They get most of their business from catastrophic failure. And from ignorance and laziness. I'm too lazy and too ignorant to back up my computer, so when the hard disk fails (all hard disk drives fail, and when there is data on the hard disk--which is sometimes caused by installing a hard disk in a computer--we call it a 'catastrophic failure'), I have to pay somebody $300 to (try to) read the data off sector by sector. Didn't work last time, for me. I'm taking Tarus' advice and cranking up Time Machine today.

--the IT department of 3905 Cesar Chavez St

Posted by: Dave Hunkins | May 8, 2008 10:15:19 PM