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Welcome to yet another FRIDAY!

 

 

I have been a big promoter of BACKUPS. Perhaps you have never noticed it but some reason, I find it important that you as a computer user, should backup your data periodically. If you do that, you’ll find that if you have some kinda catastrophe with your computer (even if you did not induce it) you’ll be able to recover from it.

 

Old School vs New School

 

When I say “Old School” backups, I am speaking of the type of backups that you do at you home or office where you backup your data on some sort of media ( Tape, Hard drive, DVD,CD, Flash drive) and then store that backup in a safe place away from the computer. One great thing about these kind of backups is that you can do some of them in a manner that makes the backup “bootable”

 

“New School” backups are when you use one of the many “online” backups. These backup solutions are commercial and the connect to your computer via some sort of client software and then it moves you specified data over the internet to their servers where your data is stored. It is also there for you to pull back in case you need to restore it. These backups however cannot be “bootable”.

 

Old School is for the really big and important stuff.

Due the problem with speed and time, I tend to stay away from online backups. Oh I used a type of online backup for small files, but it’s really just a “drag and drop” to an online file store.

The other thing that concerns me is that if that online backup provider should go out of business, you have to have fair warning, and enough time to pull your data back. If all the stars aren’t lined up, you are gonna lose your valuable data.

Also sometimes you’ll find that the online backups are as comprehensive as you would like. A fellow I know found out that a large online backup provider doesn’t allow for backup of hard drives attached to your computer externally. That would definitely be a “show stopper” for me.

 

Just my opinion. Make the backup choice that is best for you.

 

Musical Interlude

Here some Old School tune-age for you.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmDGntpZC3I

 

Check out the Internet Advisor Show on WJR 760 AM on Saturday between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The guys will be there talking and answering questions about all things computer and internet. I however will not be with Foster, Gary, and Ed. I am working the Mid-America Skating Competition. Go Figure,, no Go Syncro!

 

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  • Curious: When you say “The other thing that concerns me is that if that online backup provider should go out of business, you have to have fair warning, and enough time to pull your data back. If all the stars aren’t lined up, you are gonna lose your valuable data.” if it’s a backup, why would I need to pull my data back?

    Let’s say the online company goes under YESTERDAY. Folded up, gone, phones disconnected. Yep, I’d be pretty cranked about it, but I still have my data on my drives locally. I would then just back it up to the next company with no loss of data on my end.

    Now if the company went under without warning AND you had a crash at the same time, then I could see your concern as you would have no way to “pull back your data”. Or if you were using the online company as an “archive” and not a backup.

  • Calvin

    You are exactly on the money Terry. I should have been more detailed but that is the very point I was attempting to make.

    Nothing worse then thinking you are in good shape for a restore and you can’t get to the data you need.