Published: Monday, Jan. 14 2013 2:15 p.m. MST
I'm surprised to see no mention of how incredibly inexpensive external
backup drives have become lately. I just saw an ad for a 2Tb external drive for
a mere $70!!Losing any cherished data with storage capacity like
that available so inexpensively is worse than regrettable, it's negligent
and just plain dumb.So, make those backups folks!
My external drive (with backups) crashed a week after my hard drive. Yes I
wished I had also subscribed to a cloud service.
I keep an older computer around at work for those folks who walk in with AutoCAD
files saved on a 1993 3.5 inch floppy. I am currently worried about how to
archive 3.2TB of data on a yearly or two basis and be able to retrieve it in
10-50 years from now. Thing is, hard drives also deteriorate. My plan is to
backup data to 4TB USB drive. In one/two years copy that to a new drive and put
new data on the old drive and another new drive as data will probable have
doubled by then. That way the data gets a fresh rewrite to new drive. Repeat
yearly, rotate drives, wait and see future of data storage provides. ;-)I
feel I have disaster recovery covered with NetApp's snapshots, tape back up
to off site vault. Snapshots go back 8 weeks. But if user deletes something and
doesn't discover it before 8 weeks, it's gone! Especial if created
and deleted between archive cycles. I have my personal stuff at home
burned to 3-4 DVD's and stowed off site at work. Hope my ideas help.
Print your favorite photographs, people! I have snapshots taken by my
great-grandparents in 1904 and they look perfectly fine. I have portraits taken
nearly 50 years earlier than that, also in great condition. Yes, keep all the
1000s of photos you take on your hard drive, on your EHD, in the cloud, but
PRINT your photos, PRINT your journal entries, and put them in a safe place.
Besides, your kids (& grandkids) will likely never see photos that
permanently live on your HD, but hehy will look at and enjoy the ones you
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