Hello SurvivalBlog Readers
I would like to ask what system you would recommend for backing up computers? The reason I ask is that recently I had a hard drive crash in which I almost lost all of my data on my computer- including a couple of novels I had been working on. The crash had happened while backing up the computer to an external hard drive.
Luckily it looks like my external hard drive did not die and as I’m writing writing this message it is retrieving the files. In addition to an external hard drive what other things would you recommend? A network attached storage device (NAS), one of the various cloud storage companies or continually use various USB sticks? – I.W.
After dealing with a number of crashes myself, I use a relatively easy system. Because I work with computers so much, I have a server and a workstation that are on most of the time. I keep my files organized in a single directory and that directory is automatically copied every night to my own server. Once a week, I copy that directory to a hard drive which I take to a friend’s house when I visit him the next day. At that time, I retrieve the disk that I dropped off last week for next weeks copy. This way, I always have an off site backup that is never more than a week old. It is a rather simplistic backup scheme involving two external hard drives and a secondary computer, but it works for me and is quite reliable.
I tend not to back up software that would end up just getting replaced if I re-installed the computer operating system. I’d be interested in what our readers use also.