Archive for the Backup Category

New local and online backup option

Posted in Backup, Technology on June 16, 2010 by thomasrtucker

For all of you who have not started backing up your data yet, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. For all of you who are backing up your data, here’s a new and improved option. I stumbled across an article today on www.lifehacker.com named “Setup a Foolproof and Fireproof Automatic Backup Plan.” The article can be found here: http://lifehacker.com/5564957/set-up-a-foolproof-and-fireproof-automatic-backup-plan

Most cloud (online) backup solutions are a great option and highly encouraged. The problem with most online backups is they lack a local backup. Today, I found MozyHome now offers a combination online / local option.

Stop by, check it out and start backing up (local, online, and automatic)

Failure Is In Your Future

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on May 11, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Failure is in your future. I’m not talking about your skills or abilities in art or photography; I’m talking about your data. Yes, your storage IS going to fail. I say it over and over in hopes that you will backup your data and back it up regularly. Don’t think it will happen? Mine did this weekend.

Storage is cheap and there are some great solutions available today to help maximize and protect your data. The Drobo from Data Robotics www.datarobotics.com  and Windows Home Servers www.microsoft.com/homeserver   are examples of storage systems designed to grow and offer hot-swap hardware in the event of a failure. Even though all this new storage technology is great, you will still experience failures. This is why backups are so important. Allow me to explain.

New storage systems like the Drobo and Windows Home Servers, if equipped with at least two drives, have a data duplication feature that will store each piece of your data on both drives. The purpose duplication is to protect against a single drive failure. In the event of a single drive failure, simply replace the dead drive with a new one and the data is replaced from the good drive. Overall it’s a pretty good systems and a great first level of redundancy. Don’t let this fool you though; the primary goal of data duplication is to protect you against a single drive failure only.

What does data duplication not protect you from?

  • Multiple drive failures
  • Hardware failures
  • Virus / Malware
  • Natural disasters
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • You

Hardware failures can be something like a drive controller or motherboard failing. A drive controller failure is what happened to me this weekend and once the controller loses its information it’s gone.

Natural disasters, fire, and theft are pretty self-explanatory. That leaves malware and You. You or anybody with access your computer, including pets like cats who can step on the keyboard, can Intentionally or unintentionally destroy your data. You laugh but it happens.

So, get a Home Sever or Drobo, fill it up and with data and make a choice: backup or lose it.  You’ve been warned (again). If you are not backing up your data, you are going to lose it! It’s that simple. As a bonus, get a copy off-site.

You’ve been warned

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on February 22, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Have you backed up yet? I know, I know, I keep harping about backup. Well, have you. Not just your good, high-end photos either. I know many photographers are concerned with their work but what are your family photos and snapshots worth?

A failure, corruption, something is going to happen! Not if but when. Not sure what to do or where to start, let me know and I can offer some tips.

And when you backup, make sure to have an on-site and off-site copy.