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hard drives safe for backup?

by englishwill / August 16, 2004 4:03 AM PDT

HArddrives are definetly a lot quicker and can easily be updated compared with backing on cd's or discs but if I don't use the harddrive for a while will the magnets inisde begin to depolarize like on old tape cassettes or the information get lost any other way? Anyone got any advice please

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Re: hard drives safe for backup?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2004 9:04 AM PDT

On this page of discussions are TOO MANY TALES OF HORROR. I'll let them speak for themselves.

Remember that such is only a copy and not a backup. It fails on too many requirements for "backup".

Bob

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Re: hard drives safe for backup?
by Lorenz / September 14, 2004 11:35 PM PDT

So what is a good backup then? It seems that all other methods are too slow or costly. Is the use of multiple hard drive copies the best way to back up a regularly used hard drive?

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Cost?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2004 11:41 PM PDT

If you've ever had to pay for hard disk data recovery then you would not have written that backup is expensive.

BACKUP is cheap compared to the alternative.

But maybe you are backing up what you don't need to backup?

Here's what I backup:
1. my stuff.
2. my settings.
3. my passwords, product keys.

That's it. I don't backup programs or the OS. That I have CDs (and copies of!) in a kit that I call my restore kit.

All in all, my stuff fits on just a few DVDRWs and total cost is under 100 bucks.

Bob

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