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Recovering from a catastrophic drive failure.
Authored by: TrumpetPower! on Apr 26, '11 11:24:01AM

May I suggest?

Rather than a drive physically attached to the computer you're trying to protect, use a drive that's at least in another part of the house. Many things that're likely to cause you to want to use your backup will take out all devices attached to the computer, not just one of several internal components.

I've got an ioSafe hooked up to an airport in a closet on the other side of the house. The ioSafe is fireproof and waterproof. It's on a completely different electrical circuit.

It's far from foolproof, but if anything took out my setup, recovering data would be the least of my worries.

If I were really especially paranoid, I'd supplement my setup with a pair of portable hard drives. One would be attached to the computer and also be a TimeMachine backup device. Each week, I'd take it to the bank and swap it with its twin in the safe deposit box. But I'm nowhere near that paranoid nor interested in spending that kind of time and money, so I don't.



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