I’ve never filled in my religion on a form as Backup. Someday I will, just for fun.
The holy Trinity according to Merlin Mann:
- If it’s not automated, it’s not a real backup.
- If it’s not redundant, it’s not a real backup.
- If it’s not regularly rotated off-site, it’s not a real backup.
I am a believer.
Like all believers I am constantly trying to improve.
When my ReadyNAS disk upgrade was completed last Sunday (it took much less time than I expected, only 8 hours, not 24) and I saw the little green bar showing more than 2Tb of free space my first thought was More backups.
You know not the hour nor the day when one will be needed.
How often have I heard people say
I was just about to…
Anyway, it’s a good article. Short, with links that are especially relevant if you’re a Mac user.
Yesterday when looking for something else I found a box of Sony Hi8 tapes with video of the children taken years ago. I had given the camera to my sister, having replaced it with another, a long time ago. Getting it back in order to digitize the tapes has been on my to do list. What did I find in the back of a closet — the very camera. I hadn’t registered its return (unused). I must have been busy at the time.
An entire box of unbacked up data!
Really, we could do with an annual public holiday called Backup day.
The future will be continuous data protection, with purges to keep the storage bill down (‘m doing this with Amazon S3 and this blog now). In the meantime, the chances are that you have old media you can no longer read and reading them will get harder not easier.