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Old 01-21-2016, 07:35 AM   #1
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How Often Do You Perform a Personal Backup?

I have a script that backups up my folders/files automatically to a portable hard drive when I logon to my user account. I'm now thinking of running one around lunch time. Just like the subject says, how often do you do it?

By personal, I mean, at home, not you're office machine.
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Anything I consider of worth I back up when I get it or when I make a new revision of it. I have a backup server which I use and so I regularly work from my system and then copy the backups over to the protected server.
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168 times a week.
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Not as often as I should. But my home net has grown so large that is becoming unwieldy to run everything manually. I've got about 30 "things" on it between real and vt; everything from an SMB gateway to a video surveillance system and a microdrone.

I'm thinking of maybe cooking up a domain controller w/ some kind of an LDAP/landscape manager scenario (?) along with a dedicated update pool server that pulls everything automagically then feeds in to anything that is not constantly running on its start up and I'm thinking of adding a NAS to automagically back up everything; including my OSes / installs / configs, instead of just data.

One of the scenarios in my game plan is to protect against fire. I've got some drives over in storage that have *everything* on them. But I'm bad about rotating those out 2x a year.

What I'd really like to get is a data line run in there (dial up would be fine w/ compressed differential back ups) and drop a NAS over there. But I'm not sure what the costs would be on that or if the storage bin owner would go for it.
Old 01-21-2016, 02:24 PM   #5
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Do a full backup of my desktop machine every Sunday, and my server when I can spare the time, but the server contents don't change much so doesn't need to be too frequent.
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Immediately before a failure
Hadn't backed up one laptop for several months as it was (supposedly) mainly used for holding photos and not much was happening there. It failed less than a week later - turns out there were important emails on that machine.

Back everything up - often.
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My personal machine is actually a Macintosh, whose "Time Machine" is always running against an external (Firewire) disk drive. Therefore, backups are automatically and transparently taken at least once an hour, with absolutely no attention from me. (Time Machine even backs-up e-mails ... in fact, virtually everything.)

And-d-d-d-d ... that has saved my more than I would ever care to admit.

For my Linux systems, I am very-actively looking for a backup system that works as well, and as transparently. Surely such a thing must exist ...?

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Is this circa 2009 page still relevant, at all?

I candidly admit that, in this respect, the Macintosh has utterly spoiled me ...

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When I was using windows. I did backups on a regular basis due to the nature of window's attraction to hackers and malware writers.

Ever since I used linux, my backups are done once a year. I don't do system backups, I only backup stuff in my home folder.
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When the drive is full!

I always keep a separate partition for my junk so if I have to reinstall or whatever, it just stays there plus anything there gets burned to Blu-ray... I need a good external SSD for my nephews backup before they start charging for m$10 soon. Then:
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168 times a week.
You must go thru a ton of hard drives. :-)
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You must go thru a ton of hard drives. :-)
Ah. There are backups and backups. It looks to me that the poster should be having an automated procedure for some sort of systematic backup plan (incremental, differential .. ).

In industry, people mostly verify (by using appropriate option) the backup. How about personal use?

How and at what frequency do folks mostly backup phone data? I mean apat from address list of course.

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I back up to my external hard drive .83 times per week.
I back up my / partition a couple times per year with fstarchiver.
But I also use for most directories, so those are backed (synced) to the "cloud" continuously.
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I back up certain things to our server the 15th and 30th of every month. Certain things don't always change in 15 days, though, so then I don't bother. The entire partition is copied to another partition on a different drive that is unmounted all the time, on the same schedule.


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