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Ask DLS: What's your backup process?


Today's the day, folks! In case you haven't heard, today is the not-quite-official-but-still-a-good-idea World Backup Day 2011, which is all about awareness -- awareness that your hard drive and all its data are vulnerable to the harsh realities of this world we live in today.

The idea may have started as a simple post on Reddit, but it's bloomed into a full-blown initiative, and it's a good one. Too many people, and we're all guilty of this at some time or another, put the almighty backup far too low on the to-do list. Today is meant to remind everyone that it shouldn't be, and hopefully some of us will do something about it. Otherwise, you may find yourself out of luck when that aging drive containing your entire NSYNC collection bites the dust.

So here's our question to you: What's your backup process? Do you follow the advice of Kermit the Frog's impersonator and use a tool like Mozy, or use an old-school rsync script and your own cloud-storage account? Do you keep a stack of external drives in the closet, tagged by month and year? Are you a Mac user with Time Machine, or possibly the proud owner of a Drobo? Keep a RAID fridge in the closet? Let's put it all out there, because while some of us may be diligent about backups, there are many more who aren't -- and they can probably use the tips.

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Tags: backup, cloud storage, CloudStorage, hard drive, HardDrive, linux, osx, storage, windows, world backup day, WorldBackupDay

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