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Windows 7: Compressing files to move to External HD

22 Nov 2012   #21
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I don't really like cloud storage services, I haven't tried but I don't like the idea its out there. for example family photos from trips and you know...
Actually, lockpicking their way to your backup drive and imaging it while you are at work or whatever is significantly easier than hacking a cloud-storage server. But I don't see the reason for some random thief to steal your family pics from either the server or your drive. It's all worthless for someone else, and pedos have far more user-friendly places to farm the underage pics they crave (facebook).

I have nothing so confidential, but your needs may be different.

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and I have one memory device with the data i want to backup and I put it in a safe distant place, I only use it for backups.
In case it fails you lost backups. At least 2 devices with the same data is recommended, as hard drives can die without reason, and without warning. (and flash drives aren't that better either for long-term storage)

Not to say that you need to, just that it's much safer to have redundancy.

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DropBox syncs with your folder, so a bad file locally would corrupt the DropBox's file.
They keep backups all the way up to 30 days. If you routinely check that newly modified stuff is working before those 30 days you will catch all such "corruptions" (which are kinda rare imho) and revert to the last working version of that file.

Okay yeah you are right I just like my privacy, and I don't like having any personal pics not in my possession.

I have nothing confidential either, we are just different in that you don't care much like I do. It's okay though I know many people that would laugh at me for this reason.

I think I will follow your advice, I will use two memory devices.
But the files could become corrupt in the cloud too, and everything that can happen to you can happen there...so what do you do when it does happen? can you somehow retrieve it? How many backups of your files do they keep?



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What do you [everyone, not just Senteaf] keep your offline backups? How far is far enough away?
You mean where. I put it in the library. I have free room for stuff and I bury it just behind all the stuff I have got there

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Since fires are not a concern for me (brick house) I have two backups, one close to the computer, one hidden somewhere else. If your house can burn down, then having a backup that will survive the house burning down should be a worthy goal.

Plus 18 GB of free dropbox space for a triple backup for the most important things.
I have brick walls too.
And I think you would have to keep them outside your house if you want them to survive a fire
And Dropbox only keeps for 30 days or what?

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Since fires are not a concern for me (brick house) I have two backups, one close to the computer, one hidden somewhere else. If your house can burn down, then having a backup that will survive the house burning down should be a worthy goal.

Plus 18 GB of free dropbox space for a triple backup for the most important things.
I live just outside Detroit, and I will tell you a brick house can burn down!
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You mean a house with wooden structure and brick exterior (UK-style)?
Seriously, in my house a fire cannot get from a piece of forniture to the other in the same room, go figure melting the bricks of the structural walls.
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You mean a house with wooden structure and brick exterior (UK-style)?
Seriously, in my house a fire cannot get from a piece of forniture to the other in the same room, go figure melting the bricks of the structural walls.
Are your floors wood? Rugs? Carpets?

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My house is the Brick [faced] one. This pic was taken to capture the tree. An outside fire could catch the roof on fire.

I am NOT accusing you of anything. I'm trying to make you COMPLETELY aware of your environment.
Well I guess it is different.
I mean if the tree wasn't there, and a different type of roof?


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22 Nov 2012   #22
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Good job.

No, no and no, respectively. Also roof is covered with roof tiles, like the overwhelming majority of houses here. It has a relatively large garden with trimmed grass and the only plants close to it are pretty big and healty (ie hard to ignite).
The only wood other than furniture and windows are structural elements sustaining the roof, but are under roof tiles and another layer of roof bricks (while are visible from inside), and they have so much paint on them that I don't think they will ignite so easily even if molotov-ed.

In general, fires in Italy kill people by suffocation or with toxic smoke, as the most common kinds of houses cannot realistically burn down.

northern France, UK and US differ from what I have seen. Truth to be said, houses here are much more expensive.
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22 Nov 2012   #23
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There are also log houses
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22 Nov 2012   #24
JoesMorgue

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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There are also log houses
Good point
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22 Nov 2012   #25
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The colonial type is the BEST type
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24 Nov 2012   #26
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

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But the files could become corrupt in the cloud too, and everything that can happen to you can happen there...so what do you do when it does happen? can you somehow retrieve it? How many backups of your files do they keep?
They have enough redundancy to ensure no data loss, as any respectable server farm anyway.

The only way I know to corrupt a file is using it with a buggy program or moving it though non-ECC ram (ECC = error correcting, all stuff loaded is checked and if not the same as original on disk, error is corrected), since servers don't use the file AND always use ECC RAM, I really doubt they could corrupt anything. non-ECC ram is more expensive, and almost never used in PCs (also because only the Xeon family of processors, server-grade or workstation-grade processors with pretty damn high price can use them).

Anyway, anything in storage has to be checked regularly to ensure that it is still there and hasn't degraded, and if you find errors, you have the second backup to correct it.

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And Dropbox only keeps for 30 days or what?
Their answer.
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