Your Hard Drive is going to Fail

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your hard drive (no not the big box that sits next to your desk) is going to fail. it will fail sometime between tomorrow and the future. it’s a fact of statistics that it will happen. thing is, you don’t know when it’s going to go away. that’s why you need to have copies of everything important to you. this includes pictures, writing, art, 3D, music and everything else. lots of things take multiple days to create that if you lost could not easily be recreated. you have no choice but to fight the future.

Craig has an incredibly redundant redundant back up system. SuperDuper, CronoSync, Dropbox, ExpanDrive and BackBlaze is part of his system.

Backing up is something that everyone needs to do.

How to back up your Mac with RSYNC
RSYNC
Jungle Disk
macFush
Carbon Copy Cloner
Backup Simplicity
iBackup
MimMac
Retrospect
Sync
AASync
Apple Backup
Apple-S
BackTrack
ChronoSync
CopyCatX
Data Backup
Deja Vu
Dobry Backuper
Duover
File Synchronization
Flash Comet
FoldersSynchronizer
iBackup
Keystroke Recorder
Knox
MimMac
PSU Blast Image Config
PxyncX
Retrospect
rsyncbackup
RsyncX
SilverKeeper
SimpleBackup
SmartBackup
SoftRAID
SuperDuper!
SwitchBack
Synchronize! Pro
Synk
Tri-BACKUP
TypeRecorder

Windows has lots of solutions.

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6 Replies

  • I use Backblaze and I want to correct something said in the podcast. Backblaze is unlimited disk space and it can back up external drives as well, not just internal drives. If the external drive isn’t connected, it will just ignore backing that up until it’s connected again. I have my iTunes drive backed up through it. Currently, I have over 380GB backed up through them. Unfortunately, the 4GB limitation means that some video files I have aren’t backed up with them.

    Packages show up as folders in the UI, but they support the attributes so if you restore the directory, it will be a package.

  • I did not hear you mention CrashPlan, and I wonder why?
    I use this because it is free to use.
    I am my family’s sysadmin for 6 users and this allows me to set up redundant backups offsite for all 6 users. We back up and restore to each others excess drive capacity, rather than some “cloud”. CrashPlan also offers a paid cloud backup system at competitive prices.

    But this way way if my sisters house burns down, I have a bootable copy of her hard drive minutes away. Not hours and hours of downloading from the severs i have no control of.

    (http://b3.crashplan.com/landing/index.html),

  • I’m surprised that Drobo wasn’t mentioned on the show, and wonder what you guys think of it. I find it intriguing because it solves the “when will my HD die?” problem quite elegantly, and yet there are a LOT of mixed reviews about its actual performance. Seems like they are really expanding their lineup with new updated models these days, so they must be doing well on the business front? Is there anything you guys could comment about it, because for all practical purposes I think a Drobo is a lot more practical for “normal” people than trying to setup and maintaining a RAID system. Cheers.

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