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Yesterday the hard drive in my computer, which held years of woodworking photographs CRASHED. Fortunately from the time in 1989 when I introduced computers into my electronics repair business I've been paranoid about back-ups so yesterday wasn't too much of a catastrophe. It was however one hell of a day today re-installing as many programs as I could remember. I've been so busy that I still haven't had time to open all my emails from yesterday and today, there are still 51 to open tomorrow, I'm too exhausted at the moment. So guys, if there is any money left after buying a MUSCLECHUCK don't delay, get yourself an external hard drive and back-up at least once a week.

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Yesterday the hard drive in my computer, which held years of woodworking photographs CRASHED. Fortunately from the time in 1989 when I introduced computers into my electronics repair business I've been paranoid about back-ups so yesterday wasn't too much of a catastrophe. It was however one hell of a day today re-installing as many programs as I could remember. I've been so busy that I still haven't had time to open all my emails from yesterday and today, there are still 51 to open tomorrow, I'm too exhausted at the moment. So guys, if there is any money left after buying a MUSCLECHUCK don't delay, get yourself an external hard drive and back-up at least once a week.
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If you get high tech, Harry, you can get a 3 Terabyte drive on your home network. Not only then can you backup everyones machine, you can access your pictures and files remotely. Just make sure you use a strong password!

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If you get high tech, Harry, you can get a 3 Terabyte drive on your home network. Not only then can you backup everyones machine, you can access your pictures and files remotely. Just make sure you use a strong password!
I really don't like the idea of storing my data to a remote site like up in the clouds!

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If you get high tech, Harry, you can get a 3 Terabyte drive on your home network. Not only then can you backup everyones machine, you can access your pictures and files remotely. Just make sure you use a strong password!
he can do exactly the same thing by physically buying an external HD...
more than once network/off site/cloud backups have lost people's data...

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Backing up is always a touchy subject, and if you ask 10 people you will get at least 11 opinions. The key thing is that you do back up, and you have an intentional plan for backing up. Cloud backup, local disk backup, backup to CD/DVD/BD and others are all valid options in the appropriate context. When my customers ask about it, the very first thing I say is that backing up is a risk management exercise, and you need to look at everything kept on your computer and ask what would happen if you lost it. The answer to that question sets the baseline for how and when you backup.

I have also had customers who have backed up to an external disk, but lost it all when the external disk failed. All backup media has the potential to fail. My biggest issue with cloud is not reliabilty, but security, particularly if the servers are in a different country. If you are backing something up, it must be important to you. How do you know you can trust those running the cloud service with that important information?

Below is a link to some articles on backing up that I wrote for a business mentor that you may find interesting. Not sure how the link will come out - you may have to cut and paste it into your browser.

http://richardadavies.com.au/wiki/categories/backup-it/

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Stick, an external HD is what saved my data, documents and years of photos and it is set to back up every Friday evening.
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Stick, an external HD is what saved my data, documents and years of photos and it is set to back up every Friday evening.
and w/ the right software it will up load changes automatically...

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Harry there is a new story every week from people I know, they tell me that they lost everything, so I ask them why they did not use a external back up drive? A backup drive they say, Whats that? N
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