Do you backup your computer data?
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) - 4/5/07 4:54 PM
-- Yes, it's done with automated software utility. (Which one?)
-- Yes, I do it from time to time. (What method?)
-- No. (Is this by choice or do you not know how?)
by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) April 5, 2007 4:54 PM PDT
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I do, with Synctoy.
re: Do you back up your computer often>?
No, by my own stupid choice.
Automated backup for OS X: SilverKeeper
I use Lacie's SilverKeeper, which has the ability to make bootable backups of my hard drive. It can backup as often as once a day, or as seldom as once a week.
No redundant offsite copy, not a real backup.
If you're not backing up to two separate external HDDs you're not really backing up your data against catastrophic loss.
I once was recovering a machine from a backup on an external HDD, when the entire contents of the external HDD itself were wiped out during the recovery process.
If you're not keeping one backup offsite, you're not backing up your data.
Your house burns down. Did you keep your HDD in a fire-proof safe? Oh, note that while the garden variety fireproof safe may gaurd your paper hardcopies for anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours, it won't necessarily protect magnet media.
I backup weekly using Mozy. It's an automatic scheduled backup. Once it's set up you never have to mess with it (of course unless you need to change anything or restore your files). The only thing that interferes is me, when I use the computer during its scheduled backup time. It won't do a back up while the computer is being used but it will remined me later I haven't had a back up.
Once a month (kind of)
I try to backup my computers and websites about once a month. I don't have lots of data so it doesn't take that much time. Firstly I put a backup on my USB external hard drive and then take it to my other PC and copy it onto there. If I had a better internet connection I would consider using an online service as well, however I am concerned at sensitive data being stolen that way - so encryption would be a must.
What method to backup computer
I use Acronis True Image Home ver 10. It backs up the entire hard drive including Win XP and can do a full backup or an incremental backup. It is fantastic and I can easily restore even single files.
I back up to another external and internal harddrive from time to time. I've made a set of dvd backup disks as well. I use acronis 9. It's saved my bacon many a time.
Boy have I Learned...
Back in the day (the mid 80's) when I wrote essays on my C64 (commodore 64 for all you young uns) I lost an essay because I didn't back it up as I was working on it. Six hours of hard work ended at 3 or 4 AM and nearly reduced this university junior to tears. I learned my lesson (boy did I ever) and after much caffeine and countless saves to my 5 and 1/4 inch drive (sigh remember those?) I stumbled into class with my C+ paper (or was it a B- err I can't remember)
Fast-forward to a few years ago and my (then) recently built (by a buddy and me) Athlon 2800 with all the trimmings. I was happily loading all my software and picked up a comic book database and catalogued hundreds of books with scanned covers (a pain in the butt let me tell you) plus some articles I had written and my contacts list for business and my adult sports teams.
I noticed that a fan was buzzing in my case so I took a look inside noticing that one of my hard drives cables had become entangled in a mess of other wires near and around the fan. I had now entered the mistake zone. "Power down and unplug your computer!" didn't even cross my mind so withought thinking I pulled the wire and unplugged the fan while the computer was still on (big mistake) as it was in tight with the hard drive cable. So I unplugged that and ZZZZTT! black screen!! NOOOOO!!! A power spike, a static charge, a dumb move? Yes to all. I connected my drive and fan with the power off and unplugged and my system wouldn't reboot. I tried to recover data but I went through a lot of headaches I lost 90 percent of data on the main drive. I also lost some blocks on my drive to my stupidity/laziness.
Now I use Second Copy back up software and I set it to back up certain files as I work. It is as detailed or basic as you want it to be.
Bottom line don't be lazy and back up your term papers becausein the end it will only hurt you.
Acronis, Ghost, Outlook Express Freebie Backup, SyncBack are what I use daily. Quicken Data is updated on 2 networked computers every time I use it which is more than once a day.
Acronis and Ghost are automated. The others I do manually as needed.
just have to remember to turn on the necessary external drives when backeing up to other than internal ones.
Backup my computer
I try to back up at least once a month. If I put new programs on the machine, I back up in order to avoid problems. I bought Acronis True Image because I want one that will do the job and allow me to retrieve information singly or by the bunch. I tried M---S--T backup, but it doesn't do a good job. I could set the program to automatically do the backup, but I am not on the machine that much, and when I am off the machine - the machine is off, too. I don't leave it running and open to attacks. I have a lot of pictures on my machine, too, so I bought an external drive (USB) that I use to store the pictures on. I initally put them on the machine and then copy them to the external drive. This way I always have a backup copy of the picture.
backup as needed
I back up data from my 5 computers to a 250GB usb drive by running batch files on each machine. I do it anywhere from once every few days to once a month depending on how much I use the particular computer. With the exception of my music files this amounts to a few GB at best.
I also have ghost images of each computer but these are basically of a clean OS install with all patches and basic software installed (office and my collection of utilities).
What I HAVE to do is to buy another hard drive and clone my usb drive so I can keep that at work in case of a disaster of some sort.
Do you back up your computer data?
I actually have a second physical hard drive inside my computer so I save EVERYTHING to it instead of my main drive. I also have the contents of my Slave drive burned to CD which came in handy recently when BOTH drives had to be replaced.
Do it from time to time
Files that are important to me, such as pictures, I burn onto CD. I don't have a lot of important files. If I decide to download music I burn it onto CD as well, but most of the time I just buy the CD. I rarely have any important documents that need backup, and all my financial information can be accessed from the bank's website.
Not really anymore
I used to, but then I got lazy. I only back up my documents and pictures when I'm about to change something, or when I replaced my hard drive a couple months ago.
I use Acronis Drive inage, and both an external USB hard drive and a second internal disk. I do a daily automatic backup of my main drive onto the second internal disk, and weekly backups onto the external hard drive.
Any problems with my computer I restore to the previous day's backup.
I use Nero BackItUp to backup my files - I've learned from my previous experience with my 1st laptop that it's best to have copies of copies of copies . I don't usually have much to backup though - just my classwork and music
Automated backups are easy...
What most people don't realize is that they likely already have automated backup software on their computer if they're running XP, Vista, or another NT-based OS. All you need is someplace to back up to. (i.e. external hard drive, another computer, DVDs, etc.)
All I do to back up is: nothing. My computer does it for me.
When I first put Vista on my computer (the day it came out, actually, and I've had *no* problems with it, at least none that were Microsoft's fault, being the tinkerer that I am.), I went in and set the built in backup software to automatically sync every night to my mainframe. That's it. Really. Nothing else to it.
While I realize not everyone has a networked Mainframe with 2.5TB of storage at their disposal, there's no need to buy extra software.
All you need is a good external hard drive that's bigger than your internal HD, which if your computer is more than a year or two old, shouldn't be too expensive.
Just right click your system drive, go to the Tools tab, click Backup, and follow the easy-to-use wizard.
You can use DVDs in a pinch, but then you have to remember to manually find time to do the backup, which is usually the reason people don't back up in the first place.
All it takes is a little effort, and about an hour of your time. I'm serious. Do it right now. If you've got the time to read this post, you probably have time to do a backup.
Go ahead. I'll wait.
You don't need to wait on me
I'm pretty comfortable with backing them up on DVDs; I don't have a 2TB mainframe but I'm good with what I got - 2 80GB drives. Going back to my previous experience, I would assume everyone has had that 1st crappy machine that eventually conks out on them. Had some important docs on it when the drive went kaput. I'd prefer a non-active copy away from my PC; one that's not always on
Just right click your system drive, go to the Tools tab, click Backup, and follow the easy-to-use wizard.
I will do this if you tell me where my "system drive" is so I can right click on it!
Hi, this had me confused for a while also. Just open "C" and right click, and then to properties, then click on tools, and there you will find it.
Re: Do you backup your computer data?
-- Yes, it's done with automated software utility.
I use EMC Retrospect 7.5 to backup my entire hard drive to an external Maxtor One-Touch once per week.
I do occaisionally, the important stuff on Drive HQ...free.
I back up the things I do NOT want to lose periodically to www.drivehq.com. I have a free account there and only synchronize my most important files there. I have had to reformat and reload previously and find this service most helpful. I do have to be a bit flexible due to the free account having daily limits, but this is a small price to pay for this free service.
Backing up to drive images
I have tried the built-in backup utility in Windows, but found that to be of minimum usability. I won't go into that here, but it's not user-friendly at all. Those of you who use it and think you are safe, well it will be an unpleasant experience when you will have to use it the first time.
So my advice is to back up your drives as images. There are two programs I know of: Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image. I would rather use the latter, but I stick with Norton for now, just because I bought it. I have discovered it (ver. 9)has severe limitations when it comes to SATA disks which it cannot handle, whereas these are no problems with Acronis TI. So I think I will migrate to Acronis when I get a new computer.
The great thing about backing up to images is the simplicity and the versatility. if you want to restore your whole drive (at drive failure) you can easily do that, and if you want to look for a certain lost file you can do that also, something which is impossible with the Windows backup.
What is most important is that you have a minimum of two physical disks, one smaller with the system (C:) and one larger with your documents (that would be D:). If your system disk is corrupted in some way, just reload the image and move on, if it fails completely, then replace the disk and load the image and move on. The reloading is done in 15 minutes, you only lose the progams installed since the last backup. You might also lose some of your web bookmarks, but you can backup those separately to the other disk once in a while.
Remember all "Documents and settings" stuff is on the C: drive along with all programs, but all your valuable stuff is on your D: drive, so no loss of valuable data. This is true if you move your "My Documents" folder to the D: drive. You should also relocate your Outlook .pst-file to somewhere on the D: drive. It is installed on the C:drive as default.
I have learned this the hard way, been running this setup for five or more years now. I had a disk crash a few years ago, but the only thing I lost was a folder of photos that hadn't been included in the last backup and a few e-mails.
I make the backups to an external HDD about once a week (D: drive, C:drive more seldom, about once every other month), you can do it more often if you like, and you can even schedule this activity and make incremental backups several times a day, but I don't like having too many programs runnign in the background it eats resources.
I use Retrospect Express HD that came with my Maxtor One Touch drive to back up my computer every night. I have spent of $400 at the iTunes store so i don't want to loose that. I leaned the hard way a couple of years ago.
Back up or Back off?
As much time of my life I spend futzing around on my computer not to mention the time I lost 4 years worth of data because I let a "friend" attempt to tune it up; you would think I would make a regular practioe of it. Yet I now use the alibi that it takes to many floppies to back up considering the back up utility does not give me an option to back up to CD, and what do I back up? So I'm afraid I'll have to say No, I don't and more because I don't know how than anything else.
Connected Automatic Backup
I use Connected backup (by Iron Mountain). http://www.ironmountain.com/digital/pc/backup.asp
I have about fifty years of work in features, books and webpages. To lose it would be disastrous. So I use two external hard disks. Two because one is portable and I carry it about when I travel. It has all my useful programs on it too.
To backup I use the utility on Power Desk. It simply checks and shows what files have been changed and with one click backs up the new and deletes those that have been deleted.
A fried had her laptop stolen with years of work on it. nothing had been saved.
I use EMC Insignia's Retrospect
I use a program called Retrospect to backup my Windows XP-based PC. I am using version 7.0. I got an introductory version of the software with a USB hard drive that I purchased, and subsequently upgraded to the Professional version for a reasonable price.
The program originated with a company called Dantz, which was acquired by EMC; the unit which produces the Retrospect software is now known as EMC Insignia. They produce software for backing up Windows and Macintosh based computers.
Their web address: http://www.emcinsignia.com/
I can basically recommend the software for its completeness in terms of a scheduling mechanism (automatic backups) and mechanisms for managing / aging out your older backup sets. It was a challenge initially, however, to get my head around some of their terminology and master some of their operating concepts.
Yes - every couple of months
I use Acronis to do either a Full or Differential backup every couple of months or before any major change. Having said that, I have a Laptop with an external CD writer only and have not got Acronis to work on it yet from an Acronis Boot CD because the External Writer Drivers dont load.