Thursday, March 31st, 2011
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Back It Up, Back It Up

I am always shocked by how many of my friends regularly lose everything digital that they own. You're always crying from Tekserve! So yes: today is the day we tell you to back that ish up! (Back that assay up?) That being said, it's very freeing to lose a computer's worth of data! You get to start all fresh. But maybe you're not up for that.

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gregorg (#30)

um, ok! "Related Stories: Orgasm Fakers: Who Are They?"

cherrispryte (#444)

Oh. Awesome. I am now going to crowd-source this question I have been wondering for a year, if not longer:

What's a good external hard drive that's compatible with my macbook? (Macbook is from summer 08. Also how big a drive should I get.)

Also, should I be using time machine?

LN (#6,267)

I'm a big fan of Western Digital's My Passport. I use a 500gb. If you've got a Mac, you'll need to format it for the Mac (you can format for either Macs or PCs or partition between the two) and then you're good to go.

And as someone who had all 3 hard drives stolen WITH my laptop and camera and memory cards: consider backing up in the cloud too. Mozy or Carbonite are the two that came most highly recommended.

I'm a Lacie guy, and it's amazing how "1/2 a terrabyte" sounds HUGE until you have a kid and take a shitload of pictures.

Definitely use Time Machine.

BadUncle (#153)

I've got a LaCie, a Glyph and a Seagate for backup. Glyphs are industrial strength, and my favorite (but pricey). No complaints with the LaCie. Seagates, though, always seem to fail after two years.

Agree with Clarence – get Time Machine.

cherrispryte (#444)

Have purchased a LaCie, will use Time Machine as soon as it arrives. Thank you all bunches.

Pop Socket (#187)

I just bought a Carbonite subscription and it backs up 2GB per day. I am 20% done with my 300GB of local files after a month.

carpetblogger (#306)

I use sugarsync. It syncs your files between computers and lets you do file transfers etc. Am satisfied. But I have hard drive back ups too, just in case.

I just wanted to pop in to say that last month I fried my MacBook Pro WITH RED WINE, to the point where NOTHING could be recovered from it. By some miracle (boobs), Apple gave me a new machine, which was oddly liberating (denial), but let this be a cautionary tale: Back that ish UP.

Also, don't get drunk with your best friend over Skype.

I love youuuuuuuuu.

cherrispryte (#444)

All I got from this was red wine, boobs, and denial.

And that is all I need in this life.

@joeks@twitter (#10,808)

Use Dropbox for documents, and if you already have a Mac then turn on Time Machine you big doofus!

BadUncle (#153)

The only novel I ever finished writing was on a Mac 180 laptop. I knocked a cup of coffee over, and it poured right into the floppy drive [shut up]. Nothing was recoverable. On the plus side, the machine was under warranty, and Tekserve was happy to replace it.

jfruh (#713)

I'm signed up w/MozyHome for remote backups, which is pricy and requires time to do the first backup, but if my computer fries/dies/is lost, they just stone cold mail you a DVD w/all your files on it.

Sutton (#1,490)

Restoring from Mozy is a horrible nightmare, at least on a Mac, at least two years ago it was. Maybe they've improved since then. http://www.marginnotes.net/2009/03/19/mozy-great-until-you-need-to-restore/

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