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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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Pitt_Mackeson 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 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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Bill Lee 1 year, 11 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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msezdsit 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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audvisartist 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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CapnVon 1 year, 11 months ago

That's it! I've lost pictures and things that are just not replaceable. I use MyPCBackup now. It backs my files automatically! http://tiny.cc/lw7hkw

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 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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verity 1 year, 11 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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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

I meant the individual floppy was kaput and not going to be resurrected. I think for some the idea will never die. A few years ago our department had to buy an external floppy drive, since our computers no longer had one and people were still bringing them in. The flash drives were becoming popular though, since one could wear it about one's neck on a lanyard. Ultimate coolness.

Actually, Windows 95 might have been the last even semi-decent OS Microsoft had. However, I'm a MAC person, so I'm prejudiced.

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

OK, you had me going. I carefully reread my posts to see if I'd typoed or something.

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labmonkey 1 year, 11 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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melott 1 year, 11 months ago

I usually let it sit in one place.

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Liberty275 1 year, 11 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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rockchalker52 1 year, 11 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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Dave Greenbaum 1 year, 11 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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gphawk89 1 year, 11 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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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 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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