Backups in the modern world

Tony Duell ard at
Thu Nov 4 14:54:10 CDT 2010

> Given the high reliability of most hard drives these days, I do wonder if 
> many people have forgotten that this technology can occasionally fail.  At 

I suspect far too many have :-(


> I wonder how many home-based computers back up regularly?  Again, I know 

My friends do, but they're the sort of people who, even if they now use a 
modern machine, have grown up with what are now classic computers and 
have learnt the value of backups.

> lots of people that don't citing reasons that it's just too hard to set up, 

My view is that if something takes longer to recreate than to back up, 
then it should be backed up. So I probably wouldn't specifically back up 
an address label I'd typed in :-). Or the object files for a piece of 
software I was writing (rebuilding from the (backed up, of couse) source 
code is not a major job. But those source files, the source of amjor 
documentaiton I write, etc is backed up. Several times.

> they have to buy extra hardware etc.  Some of the address books, pictures 
> and home movies on those machines might be irreplaceable though.


> Although it's a lot rarer than it used to be technology still fails.  In my 
> working life, I've had about three catastophic HD failures.  In each case, 
> the existance on a "day before" backup mean it was an annoyance rather than 
> a disaster!  The latest was only two years ago.
> Anyway, I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted. (-:

I suspect you are,. which is why I expressed suprise that a software 
development group didn;'t keep backups of its work...


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