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Windows 7: One second: The time it takes to wipe 3 years of work

25 Oct 2009   #11
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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This is something even more important to get across to the novice users
I was thinking the same thing after reading the OP
You can see the train-of-though now though....."My PC is brand new/OS is brand new why would i need to back it up, it won't break, even if it does it's still in warranty" LOL!
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25 Oct 2009   #12
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I know I'm just in the process of sorting out my backup routine now I have 7 installed and certain things set up.
I haven't got around to putting everything on here yet but I can keep doing it in stages once the backup is set in place, this goes on an external hard drive by the way
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25 Oct 2009   #13
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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this goes on an external hard drive by the way
Naturally
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25 Oct 2009   #14
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So, I just had someone ask how they can install Windows 7 on their D: without loosing their data.

I told them to buy a backup drive, copy the data, and then install Windows 7. Hopefully he does.
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25 Oct 2009   #15
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Over the last 100 posts I asked if ppl had a" backup we can restore from" and the answer was 4 had 96 did not.

Backup, Backup, Backup, then backup some more
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25 Oct 2009   #16
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Especially as you can get a 500gb drive for barely $50 now.
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25 Oct 2009   #17
infested999

 
 

Or you can even run multiple drives in RAID everything is automatically backed up without even doign anything. Plus it speeds things up a lot :)
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25 Oct 2009   #18
scubasteve

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

There but for the the grace of god. Almost no one's back scheme is foolproof...and hindsight is 20/20.

I keep a seperate boot and data drive...and was backing up non-media portions of the data drive to data CD (and then DVDs) for years...but then the data set started to get really large...and I was too cheap to buy another drive...and I started to get lazy.

Two to three years after my last DVD-based backup, I was rebuilding my PC and inadvertently pointed the Win XP installer at my data drive...and selected format. It was another hour before I figured it out (after windows was installed on that drive). I then used every unerase tool in the book...but only managed to get back around 25% of my data. Thus, three out of four files that I had not backed up in three years were history. Yes, I felt like an idiot...and deeply regretted the fact that I didn't spend $100 for an external hard drive.

I now have an extra external drive that backup jobs from two PCs in my house move files to. I also have one of these:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IOPIRM"]Amazon.com: Esata USB To Sata External HDD Dock Adapter: Electronics[/ame] that I got for around $40 (US).


There are many similar solutions...and many are cheaper...but the one that I have is attractive enough that I don't feel compelled to lock it away when not in use. I see it on my desk and it reminds me to back up *again*...to an internal-style drive that I drop in the dock, synch, and then put in a locking fireproof box.

Monday morning quarterbacking is always easy...and stories like the OP's are welcome reminders that most of us need to think more about backups.

$0.02

Sorry to hear about your trouble brother. G/L...and thanks for sharing.
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25 Oct 2009   #19
scubasteve

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by infested999 View Post
Or you can even run multiple drives in RAID everything is automatically backed up without even doign anything. Plus it speeds things up a lot :)

Well...that's not a blanket statement for RAID. :)

RAID 0 speeds things up...and is in no way redundant. In fact, it doubles the chance of losing data.

RAID 1 provides redundancy...but I don't see it speeding things up. Also, there are controller level issues that can still occur that can kill data...as can stupid mistakes like mine...or a massive hardware failure...power spike...fire...theft....etc.

Other versions of RAID are more robust...but they are not perfect. I have lost multiple drives at once in a RAID 5 configured server due to temperature issues in a lab over a weekend...and I would have been screwed had I not had tape backups.

Any version of backup that does not include an off-site backup is a potential issue. I am a volunteer firefighter in my spare time...and take my word for it, what the fire and heat doesn't destroy, our water often does. Just a thought.
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25 Oct 2009   #20
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've heard it said that it's not really backed up till it's in two places.

skydrive.live.com is a good place to store images online, free 25gb of storage from MS.
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