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Paranoia increases with experience
Authored by: hmelton on Sep 07, '04 11:12:11PM

I'm a writer. I hate losing text! So, I have several methods all running concurrently.

(1) I run Retrospect to DVD on an old Mac which backups five Macs and one Windows laptop. It runs daily.

(2) I use Deja Vu to backup my home account on my laptop to my iPod on demand. Usually I do this daily to weekly depending on my current project.

(3) I make snapshot CD images of my working directory when preparing for a trip. I give these to my parents who live 500 miles away.

(4) I have written a Perl script that runs hourly under cron. It visits my working directories and makes a 50-60 MB copy of those files which are Most Recently Touched. This MRT archive is then mirrored, using psync (installed by Deja Vu) onto my .Mac partition. The OS then mirrors this archive to the Apple Servers, and then back to the home machine running Retrospect. So even on the road, my home Retrospect backups are picking up any changes I make.

So at any given time, my current project will be mirrored over several computers, off-site on Apple's servers, manually burned to CDROM, backed up to DVD by Retrospect, and copied to my iPod.

The interesting thing is that I don't feel that this is at all excessive.

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Paranoia increases with experience
Authored by: kirkmc on Sep 08, '04 04:29:04AM

If you've ever lost important files (I did; once) then it's not excessive. I find the belts-and-suspenders approach to be the best for backups. It has saved my butt several times.

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Paranoia increases with experience
Authored by: clytie on Sep 08, '04 05:20:26AM

Too right. TechTool Deluxe, that free AppleCare bonus, killed my hdd yesterday. Without my backup, I would have lost everything. I, too, use Deja Vu, which is a Preference Pane, so very accessible (especially if you use Prefs Menu


a very handy little utility which makes all your System Prefs. available from the menubar) and very configurable!

Backup, backup, backup. No excuse is worth losing all that effort you've put into acquiring your data, creating it and setting it up to save you time and effort.

Off-site and redundant (multiple copies, particularly in different locations and on different types of media) backups are best. Think of fire, flood and famine. (Well, someone could eat your information. :) )

from Clytie, still fuming about the damage

Clytie Siddall -- Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia

iBook G3, 10.3.5, all updates current

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TechTool?? You fool!!
Authored by: Mija on Sep 08, '04 06:40:15AM

I suffered more than enough with TechTool years ago (OS 9 era). I tried to fix some minor problem on my hard drive - TechTool hung after some HOURS and I was unable to boot. I managed to boot from a removable drive and run again TechTool - after more than a day of "work" it stopped responding.
Then I tried Norton and seemed to (slowly) fix things; but the drive wouldn't still boot, and each new run of Norton would fix the same things again!

So I got DiskWarrior... and in less than 60 minutes everything was OK again.

It was SO ATROCIOUS that I swore I'd never use TechTool nor Norton again.

(offtopic rant OVER) :)

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