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How many backup copies of your data do you keep around?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 22, 2012 9:14 AM PDT
How many backup copies of your important data do you keep around?

-- One.
-- Two.
-- Three.
-- More than three.
-- Never mind copies; I don't even have a backup.
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I said one but ...
by oterrya / June 22, 2012 12:43 PM PDT

My backup is a Drobo NAS (which is RAID like) with 5 SATA drives and double redundancy -- I can lose two drives at once and still have all of the data. If the controller fails, I can move the 5 drives to a new controller. I am backing up all of my data and documents daily. Right now it is a mirror except with no delete. I plan to change to a weekly full plus daily change dumps (probably a three cycle) and then I will have multiple copies on the NAS.

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3 copies
by mopscare42 / June 24, 2012 12:01 PM PDT
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I do wedding and family photography so I have a external hard drive that backs up everything I put on the computer.
I also make 2 DVDs of the photos I take plus the one given to the client so think I am pretty well covered.
I make 2 copies plus, whats on the external hard drive of all my documents and financial records.
That may be a little overkill, but I never worry about losing anything.

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online backup
by JohnOkada / July 3, 2012 3:08 AM PDT

I think it's a good idea to have at least one or two backup copies, depending upon the type of data and how important it is. You may even want to consider cloud storage as well. This type of storage is convenient, since you don't need any additional hardware to buy. You can check out all of the available cloud storage service providers at

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