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BACKUP OR CRASH PLAN


SEEING YOUR WAY TO PREVENTING THE DREADED LOSS OF COMPUTING WORK


Tech review and Graphics with David Dodds


SUMMARY VIEWPOINT


If you value your time and input, then even half an hour of active work before thinking of a quick-action local backup is a

worthwhile consideration.



And then paramount after that is to do the backup to

a primary outside drive soonest.




It’s your life.






PLANNING ERROR

HUMAN ERROR

RANSOMWARE

HARD EQUIPMENT FAILURE

LOCATION ERROR


These headings and their solutions can be addressed by one simple question.


ARE YOU IN CONTROL?

So let's have a look at each scenario here.





PLANNING ERROR


A myriad conditions in life persist that warrant making a plan to minimise probable losses or damages of all descriptions. And the human condition assumes that “it’s unlikely to happen to me”, so there often isn’t an appreciation for a simple to execute plan of action.


Until it’s too late.


So the error is really founded in not having thought of a plan.


Loss can be instantaneous, as in an accidental deletion, a smash and grab, an equipment failure, or malicious virus and hostage ransomeware, all of which can happen at any time.


And do.

HARD EQUIPMENT FAILURE


USB. SSD. DISC-STYLE HARD DRIVES. THE SERVER. These are all options for your backup storages, but every one can fail.


Just not likely all at once.


That’s your plan.


Have many, and rotate and update them in a logical sequence. Preferably offline, and to elsewhere.



HUMAN ERROR


Accidental local deletion.. by the minute. Everything depends on an assessment of how much you value your time and input, and the resulting information in terms of very recent effort, or long term archiving of pictures and data as storage.


There are a myriad of connectivity cables, even for bare hard drives to have simple USB uses.

RANSOMWARE


How do you get into a situation where viruses or indeed hostage ransomeware attacks make you become vulnerable? Well, the answer is based on how you might have been operating your computer at the point of making initial backups.


Were there viruses present anyway, that have now been propagated to all your drive backups.?


Is there a localised phishing scam coming through your router?


Or is a full-on ransom attack going down, that can happen to you just as in the corporate world...?

An example of an all in one DRIVE inside a portable Case. Most Drives these days can also be swapped out for a bigger volume acoording to neeeds.

BARE DRIVES & DOCKING STATIONS


Docking Stations can be a versatile option for plugging in different sizes of drives separately, or together, for daily access and uses.

LOCATION ERROR


Near-line storage.

This is computer speak for “it’s next to you..”. Well, that simply means that your drive backup, even two or three, are simply copies waiting for an unprotected disaster.


Near you.



Off-site storage.

This is qualified as the start of your strategy. Copies in a garage, or ones that are with a friendly other premises is the beginning of being elsewhere other than in your local disaster zone, the one that could happen closest to your supervision.




Cloud storage.

This is a touted option, but if it is your only option, then that is simply an accident waiting to happen, and, put simply, you are not in control. A power or internet outage means you are 100% isolated from your information. Might be good for quickie savings, that you might secure later, but not for mass storage or multiple venues of protection for your discs.

Another country? Yes, if it’s a safe storage of physical recoverable drives.




This Drive Bay example hosts two drives that can swap out, for failure or upgrade options.

SOLUTIONS FOR A CRASH PLAN


HARDWARE

USB Drives are jumping in size and speed. Better for portability and local quick backups and recoveries, as well as fundamental construction of a bootable drive outside of your computer, for disaster recovery. This is qualified as a shorter term near-line consideration.


HARDRIVES, as in the Disc spinning platter types, are still the choice for storage by price against volume, and potentially, longevity. Come in single drive options as well as the more sophisticated NAS (Network Attached Storage) style containers that offer software mirroring of your info to 2 or more drives, and raid and other useful features.


SSD DRIVES are wildly expensive in comparison to Discs, and have as their main interest the speed for computing work and therefore faster backups too. Useful especially for a clone of your computer drive, that can indeed work as a day-to-day all day external bootable drive, and obviously as the go-to recovery and continuation of your work.

This is a local near-line usefulness, but cost will be a factor if trying to create long term storage.

SOFTWARE


Software in purchasable backup convenience is available to show your choice of writing information

out of your home drive to your backup solutions.




THE MAKE EQUAL PLAN VERSUS THE OVER-WRITE PLAN



THE MAKE EQUAL PLAN

This is effectively a concept of mirroring what you have in one folder or drive to be equal to the location of another. It does mean that what is on one side will come back to the other, which keeps copies of everything that has been done historically. Your consideration is to work out if that is what you want..


Types of Software that does this for the whole drive of choice include options like SUPERDUPER, CARBON COPY CLONER, AND CHRONOSYNC.


THE OVER-WRITE PLAN

This is a deliberate overwrite plan, where anything on the target gets overwritten by your choice of folder or drive source.

This is my preference,.. but it does require care in planning what you are about to execute, and is best done with confidence when you do indeed have lots of well-thought out Discs and SSDs on rotation.


It keeps your work and filing up to date, without previous works all still around confusing you with versions and creation dates, not to mention filling up drives unnecessarily with growing chaos.


Major Recovery is based on accessing other drives that you should be rotating, if you indeed have made a mistake with your near-line on-your-desk quick option.


NAS STORAGE

Can go up from 2 to 8 and 12 Drives for extreme storage.

The governing advantage is the excellent software that assists which Drive is active, in what manner, and has scriptable  features for afficionados.

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR DAILY MANAGEMENT OF BACKUPS



Chronosync for Mac

is a good example for reading up about the options of what can be achieved for your convenience and security in a software program.

The concepts of 'mirroring' or 'overwriting' become the options to study to create your own strategy.


Software will obviously be available in the Windows world that operates similarly, no doubt.

This screenshot could be potentially offputting if viewed as too complicated. But effectively the left pane is indicating your choices of a folder .. let's say an internal one in your computer, to match with the same content folder specified on an external device.

This Pane shows you that these choices are saveable, and therefore repeatable, which everyone wants.

Once you have chosen the first folder-to-folder 'script' that you created and saved, this pane appears on double-click, indicating the action about to take place from the left, towards your defined folder item on the right.

There is in indeed a 'test' review to request a showing of what is about to happen, that you can check. (Observe the small icon 'Trial Sync'.)


Hitting the centre direction control activates the backup across.

Having a number of drives outside and stored and rotated in a program allows for confidence to build in this 'scripting' process.