Where I’ve Been
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The reason I’ve been gone is that my computer died. During an electrical storm we suffered a short loss of power and when I next sat down at my computer it couldn’t find Windows. After poking around trying to fix it I gave up, copied all my files to a backup drive and started fresh.
I am still recovering a few of my programs but will be back to updating this blog soon. In the meantime let me make a quick pitch for proper backups.
You never know when and how you will lose your computer. It could be a computer issue that takes out your operating system. If you are lucky like me you can copy your files off the disk and reinstall Windows. Or, it could take out the entire disk. If you have a desktop with multiple disks, one which holds a backup, you could lose the entire system in one go. The same goes for USB drives and network storage. Even drives which you leave disconnected can be damaged or destroyed in a flood or fire.
The only proper backup happens regularily, on a schedule, and a copy of the backup is kept somewhere else. Now that I’ve had my wake-up call I’ve installed a program to run daily backups. My plan for offsite is to mirror the backups to a USB drive. I will have multiple and I will swap them weekly, keeping a spare at my work as an offsite backup.
It’s not an good as uploading a copy to a cloud service but considering the amount of data I have to back up it is the most affordable. If my house explodes I will not care that my offsite backup is a week old.
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