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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How safe is your data?

A coupleof months ago my Laptop Hard Drive made a horrible grinding noise and died. Never mind I though I make a Daily Backup to another drive on my network. Spent a few hours installing a new Hard Drive to the laptop, then tried to restore the backup data...

My Network Hard Drive Failed halfway thru the back up, anothe phyical failure. Tried software method sof recovery to no avail....35 Gb of data down the pan...

I lost 10 years of Photographs, every picture I had of my children growing up, our honeymoon, our wedding, thousands of pictures of us at reenactments...about 15Gb
I lost 10Gb (7000 mp3 music tracks
numerous videos
all my documents and other data (about 5Gb)

Just goes to show that one back up is not sufficient, I now do two btw.

I now back up daily to a portable toughened Hard Drive, and I also back up to an online data Store. I use BT Digital Vault, where I have about 35Gb Stored out of a maximum of 50Gb, it costs £4.99 a month.

It cost me £404 pounds to have the original Laptop Hard Drive recovered from a physical failure so £4.99 is nothing in comparison.

The online storage is backed up by BT Daily to a seperate server, plus my computer now uploads any changed file to the back up every 20 minutes.

How safe is your data?


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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 3:38:00 pm  
Anonymous ~ Stacy ~ said...

Aw jeez. What a horrible bit of rotten luck for you. I would be just sick with grief over losing so many family memories. What a shame.

It makes me nervous about my external hard drive going kaput on me. It is about time I bought a new one.

The online backup sounds like a good idea too. But how can you be certain your data is safe that way? ...That no one has unauthorized access? I suppose I shall have to do some research.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 2:54:00 am  
Blogger Carmi said...

Everyone I know has a similar story. Basically, it happens once, then it never happens again because the lesson is always learned. I'm so sorry it had to happen to you: sounds like a major speed bump that you did not deserve.

Friday, March 21, 2008 12:12:00 am  
Anonymous melissa & doug said...

This is a message I try to get through to my friends! All those digital images will be potentially lost if your hard drive crashes. Get real backups done!!

Monday, March 31, 2008 1:46:00 pm  
Blogger David said...

i believe I am without proper backup
will see what I can do about that. soon

Monday, April 14, 2008 11:47:00 am  
Anonymous science for kids said...

My sister and I keep backups at each others house. This way we both have our photos if one of us has a problem with their computer or house.

Monday, April 21, 2008 12:47:00 pm  
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