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Do you back up your computer?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 10, 2012

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“No, I don’t back it up, and I know I should.”

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“No, I don’t back up my computer. I feel very guilty about that.”

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“Never do I back up my computer.”

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

My computer's a relic which takes forever to back up, so I usually do it at night...

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 7 months ago

Snap, that would be grounds for immediate termination in most work environments...

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

I've got an 8 inch floppy on my desk at work. None of those young whipper-snappers know what it is.

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gphawk89 1 year, 7 months ago

Nightly automatic backups to a 8TB NAS. That gets backed up to Amazon S3. It also gets backed up to several 1Tb portable drives that I rotate to an offsite location. Lost several years' worth of work once a long while back and I won't let that happen again.

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Dave Greenbaum 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow, that's just harsh that none of those people back up. With so many free services, I'm just sad :(

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Andini 1 year, 7 months ago

I email all of my important files to friends and family to be backed up off site,

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rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

I got no idea what you're talkin' 'bout, so here's a picture of a french chicken cooked with wine.

Capon keepin' on.

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Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

What do you mean by "back up"? I have three terabyte drives on two computers holding 3 terabyte partitions that cascade-rsync important parts of my main partitions every few days. That's not really a backup, it's more of just a staggered set of mirrors.

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g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

I totally forgot that I have that Commodore 64 casette tape storage drive...

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uggadyboogadyboo 1 year, 7 months ago

I just backed up once. It was the 5th grade

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melott 1 year, 7 months ago

I usually let it sit in one place.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

I store everything on 8 track tape

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labmonkey 1 year, 7 months ago

I have all the important files on both my wife's and my computers and on a 32 GB flashdrive. I don't back-up often enough, but if something crashes, I am not totally screwed.

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verity 1 year, 7 months ago

And don't come whining to me when you lose your files.

Floppy disks, indeed. I know (at least hope) that is a joke, but I can't tell you how many times people have brought their floppies to me, wanting me to retrieve their files because they can't open them on their computer. News for you---the disk is dead, no good, and I have no magic. Even had a customer who worked off his floppies---never could persuade him it was faster, better, etc to work off the hard drive.

Or the student who worked all night on a paper without ever saving and then lost the file. Came whining to our office with his laptop next morning, wanting us to fix it.

I think most programs save automatically now, but Command + S is so easy---

When my computer died, all I needed to do was plug the LaCie drive into the new one. Didn't even have to reload programs except for Adobe.

When tornadoes threaten, I grab my jewelry, cameras and back-up drive and head for safety. Oh, and the weather radio and flashlight.

I'm thinking about a second LaCie drive to store off site.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 7 months ago

It usually just stays in the same place. I really wasted my money on that buzzer for the reverse gear.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh heck no, it never backs me up so why should I have it's back

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g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm horrible about it and I never learn my lesson. I'm holding onto a stack of dead computers in hopes of one day getting my flipping lost pictures off of them!

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prospector 1 year, 7 months ago

I have a hard enough time getting this thing to go forward.

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audvisartist 1 year, 7 months ago

Time Machine to a 1TB external HD. Really important stuff (like porn) gets burned to DVD.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

"“Never do I back up my computer.”"

Thanks, Yoda.

I don't ever save anything on my home computer. At work we save stuff on servers and not the computer.

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psycho_theclown 1 year, 7 months ago

If it crashes, I'll blame Obama.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 7 months ago

My tranny is out. I thought you knew . . .

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 7 months ago

I will not dance that way for my computer.

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msezdsit 1 year, 7 months ago

Time machine and an external drive. easy as M A C.

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Bill Lee 1 year, 7 months ago

I have three external hard drives, so my answer must be YES. I've lost too much during past crashes.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

Automatically with Time Machine to an external hard drive and regular backups to a second external hard drive with SuperDuper. Files are backed up on Dropbox. Covered six ways from Tuesday.

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Pitt_Mackeson 1 year, 7 months ago

Nope. But I do backup my plumbing on fajita night.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 7 months ago

With photobucket, google documents, etc. I don't see the need anymore.

But, I do know that if it made me feel guilty, I would install an automatic back-up program and eliminate that particular stress.

However, all of my android devices do back-up automatically. So, the answer is really yes and no.

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