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Forum topic by HamS posted 02-22-2012 11:22 AM 1177 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2012 11:22 AM

That is what you are saying when you do not routinely backup your computer files. Whether you are doing this for a hobby or running a business, one of the most important thing is to make a backup of the files you have stored on your computer. It is very simple to copy your files to a thumb drive and the thumb drives can hold all your files unless you have a lot of video files and then there are solutions that you should have. Files that cannot be replaced should be saved in several places.

The most expensive things on your computer are your original creative works. They ARE your inventory and it is so easy to save them and so hard if you loose them and try to recover.

I think I should preach this sermon more often, because it is not a matter of if your computer storage will fail it is a matter of when. Storing things on line at Google or someother specific place is better than not storing them anywhere, but are you sure they will be around, and you have no REAL guarantee of security against snooping.

I helped the proprietor of the local music store try to recover a half year of business when his system crashed and he had not done his backups. He had quite a few study recordings of his students that were lost forever as well as the business records. He knew how to make music and knew how to buy and sell instruments, but no one had ever taught him how to run business software and he did not understand the importance of backups. That incident came close to putting him out of business until he managed to convince the IRS auditor that he really had not backed up his files. He still ending up paying quite a large tax bill he probably would not have had to pay if he had not lost his expense records.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 11:41 AM

i bought a ‘thumb drive’
for just such things
plugged it in and nothing happened
there were no controls or instructions anywhere for it

just yesterday i put in a dvd-r and tried to do the same thing
storing e-mails
all that opened were my pictures not e-mail or written text
again no way to transfer files

i’m at a loss to understand what may be common
for many geeks

it’s all greeks to me lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 11:52 AM

I use carbonite, at 57 dollars a year you can’t beat it. Its fully automatic and runs in the back ground when ever you are connected to the internet.


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#3 posted 02-22-2012 12:48 PM

My mac comes with time machine. Choose it in the menu bar and it shows you a screen where you can see your computer for any day you started using time machine. You can flip through windows and search your computer files as if you were on your computer on that day, maybe two years ago. I’ve gone back four years and dragged a file to the current desktop to use that I had trashed at that time. It remembers everything. It works well and you really need a backup drive about twice the size of the drive you’re backing up. It runs in the background and doesn’t slow down the computer. You never know it’s happening except for the little spinning arrow in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

The screen shot below. Flip through windows to see your desktop for any date, or choose a date from the timeline on the right. Works great for me. You can also do a complete restore from it too. For any date.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 06:27 PM

Real men donĀ“t take back-up …....... they cry !!!

I tink most of us oldies that have been thrugh the early stages have experience of the worst
when forgetting the back-up …........and yet we still forget it over time
since the computers and the softwares have been more and more stabil
walking around in a computer store on daily basis I have noticed its mostly laptops
were the harddrive brake down compared to the stationairy computers
most be something to do with lack of cooling of the inside
I have seen many that looks burned inside and when we ask the costummer they admidt
to have used them on the legs , on pillows and on the bed…........all of them block
the air escape and heat up the battery …........ as every other tools/maschinery you know of
have to be taken good care of
ceep the airflow free from dust (several ways to do that) be sure your propeller in the computer works
and if you have a laptop a good idea is to have a coolingpad under it

one more benefit of doing that is
your computer will ceep working at the high speed you expect untill the main software (like windows)
is tooo cluttered in the root and you need to reinstall from scratch
but before that … remember to back-up all you mails , files , pictures , etc,etc, .. on another media :-)

take care

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 07:07 PM

I run a server with 5 Terabytes of storage space that backs up all the computers in my home. It runs Windows Home server software.
I keep everything on the server in a RAID 1 configuration so I have back ups to my Back ups.
After using computers for 25 years I know how important it is to have everything backed up and recover from nearly any disaster.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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