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Thread: Backup and Archiving Formats?

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    Cool Backup and Archiving Formats?

    I know Pamperchu started a thread like this a few years ago but I wanted to post a similar one so new users like me (or people who didn't catch his old thread back in 2012) could provide their input.

    For me, I have 2 80GB drives in my mac which are backed up by using Carbon Copy Cloner (PowerPC) onto 2 partitions on a 1TB External drive.

    I also have photos and videos backed up on DVD's and CD's and even (brace yourself)... VHS!

    Yeah, it's pretty rad.

    So, what format do you use? (If any)
    Last edited by Milko; 25-May-2015 at 00:08. Reason: spelt carbon wrong :)

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    I do mirror my drives internally and sync in regular intervals. Also the backup is not touchable with my everyday user account. While far from business grade that offers some security against stupidity and hard drive failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitterdafoxy View Post
    Floppy disks and some notebook paper.
    I'm not so far off from this. I'm backed up on a mass storage device, a thumb drive, but really, I don't have that much to back up. As for my writing, it's backed up in several places but also printed out and stored in notebooks. My novel is published and has its own ISBN.

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    The server backs up to dual external hard drives nightly using ext2 dump format, using a towers of Hanoi incremental sequence. My graphics workstation rsyncs to the server nightly. All my photo projects are copied onto DVD in bzip2 archives (RAW files compress very well).

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    As it happens, I'd like to migrate to tape (DDS4, DAT72, DLT, or LTO) but even used tape drives are pretty expensive.

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    Floppies, and occasionally punch cards... NOPE.

    For archiving, I generally copy folders onto a secondary hard disk on my gaming laptop portable desktop, then I 7zip the files and place them on an external USB 3.0 hard disk every few months. Sometimes I use CDs to back up less-needed media.

    For short term storage, I used to back up important docs on USB sticks, which I've also used for data transfers. Now I simply use Google Drive for most of my light archiving and data transfers. Internet speeds are getting higher, and it's usually faster to just use Google Drive because flash drives sometimes take forever to write (reading is rather quick).

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    I have no real backup but I mirror every data in the house onto a 6tb network drive which we also use for streaming video files. If a harddisk fails, there is a copy still around. But this is not really safe from lightning(surges), fire or theft.
    In the past I used to compress anything to be archived with WinRar but I'm away from that now.

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    I have a Network Attached Storage unit where most of my files exist. Once a day, critical files on my laptop and desktop and all files on the NAS get back-up off-site, so I feel comfortable about my back-ups.

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    I just use cloud storage. There are very few files that I would find myself despairing over if I lost. I think I got into that habit in a bad way though, I muck up my registry on a quarterly basis and end up just doing a clean install of Windows.

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