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How often do ...

... you backup your data



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Not often enough. I had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago, when my laptop died. I have all six months worth of my daughter's baby pics on there. Thankfully it was a fairly easy (if expensive) fix. I've now bought an external hard drive and have everything backed up on there.
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Dropbox - 6 a month and all our photos/data is backed up online and across 3 PCs that sync it all up.
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Local stuff on my (work) laptop. Usually when I add a photo or two. The only other thing on here are my accounts spreadsheets. A copy local and a copy on a network drive.
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The iMac hourly when it's on, and I think it does a small hours back up too, to a RAID stack, and my MacBook duplicates the work stuff I have on the iMac plus I also back that up every week or so.

Am conscious that there is no geographical separation in my back-up arrangements, barring I do also have some stuff in iCloud.....
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For the last couple of years i backup all my important stuff.

Unfortunately though i forgot to backup my England pics that i go once every year for holidays and i lost all of them when my laptop was blocked and i had to format it



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Considering I work in IT my home backup regime is crap, pretty much rely on maxtor software to backup to my external hard drive which is only used for backups of my desktop.

iDevices are backed up to the cloud.

Been thinking of getting a Qnap for centralised home storage and then backup to the cloud from there for years but never got around to it.
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After eating a homemade pastie normally.
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Never, one of the things you mean to do but forget as soon as you surf the web. May have to invest in an external hard drive after all these replies, I fell lazy
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Couple of times a week

I just use the free Microsoft SyncToy, which lets you back up from the resident machine to a remote, to a wireless drive, to a USB drive, or from another PC to your Hard drive, and so on.

Yiou can get it from Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=15155

You simply set up folders that you want to synchronise and hit 'run' a couple of times a week before you go to bed.

Free and easy to get to grips with and works across networked devices

Best bit of Microsoft software IMHO, genuinely useful ! Yoiu can probably get it to run automatically at startup or shutdown too, but I prefer having manual control
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I remain in my abundant ignorance as ever, to be clueless regarding this.

As I have no use for a computer other than for fun times, and knowledge seeking should I really find out how to do this?
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Do you have anything on your computer and nowhere else
that you wouldn't want to lose ?

If you do then you ought to back it up. If not, I wouldn't
worry so much.



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Considering I work in IT my home backup regime is crap, pretty much rely on maxtor software to backup to my external hard drive which is only used for backups of my desktop.

iDevices are backed up to the cloud.

Been thinking of getting a Qnap for centralised home storage and then backup to the cloud from there for years but never got around to it.
Mine at home is almost none existent
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We clone both laptops onto external hard drives once a week.
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Once a month, for my home laptops

Never in work, that's wot IT is there for
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Once a month, for my home laptops

Never in work, that's wot IT is there for
Just out of interest in my experience it is not a policy of IT depts to backup local disks on desktops and laptops Though I'm sure the data you mean is on network drives
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I run an IT company and no one backs data up enough, we set our servers to backup twice a day.
There's a saying in IT, if there aren't three copies of your data it doesn't exist!

Many years ago before I worked in IT I lost 7 years accounts and had to recreate them from all the receipts,etc..never again
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Other than my documents/pictures folder in the iMac at home, I dont have anything of any real value to bother backing up on my home computers.

My docs/pics are locally copied to an external hard drive whenever I remember to do it. Probably once every couple of months.

I do keep my iTunes archive in my documents directory so that it gets copied too.

My Seagate external hard drive sits about 3 feet away from the iMac so no physical separation exists......

Most of our photos are either online in albums at places like Photobox or Facebook so we could probably regenrate most of what we would lose. Probably.

Mind you - Having said that, my desk pedestal contains one off paper copies of loads of important paperwork and I don't have copies of any of that either - although things like V5s, MOT certs, Birth/Marriage certificates etc can always be regenerated for a fee.

At the current prices for replacement, I'd say that our 5 passports sitting in the desk drawer would be the most expensive loss! Several hundred quid to replace 5 new passports!

Basically - I wouldnt want a fire in the study!
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