Do you have a backup strategy?

I’d like to take a moment to talk about a topic that’s very dear to my heart: What’s your backup strategy?

A hard drive can fail at any moment, and it’s often hard or even impossible to rescue all the data on it. While most people don’t have data on their hard drive that is as valuable as mine, in particular the original PSD comic files, there is still a lot of data on most hard drives that is very hard or time-consuming to recreate.

Therefore, you should have always have a relatively recent backup of all your data! Here is a summary of my current backup strategy:

  • All my personal files are within a single folder on the hard drive. This makes it easy to create a complete backup of them.
  • I have a complete backup of this folder on my second PC at my parents’ house.
  • Every second weekend I copy all changes to the second PC. So even if a fire should destroy my flat, I will still have a recent backup of all my data.

This simple strategy could certainly be improved. But it’s already significantly better than having all your data in just one physical location.

If you want to inform yourself about the topic, you can find a lot of articles about reasonable backup strategies on Google. If you want to use a cloud service to backup your personal data, you should consider encrypting the files first before uploading them so that nobody else can look at them.

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