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Poll: Why haven't you backed up your important data yet?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 9, 2013 9:41 AM PDT
Why haven't you backed up your important data yet?

-- I've been putting it off.
-- I'm too busy.
-- I'm just lazy.
-- I've never thought about it.
-- I don't know how.
-- I don't have anything important to back up.
-- I don't need to because I've never had a problem in the past.
-- Don't ask me, I back up my data.
-- Other reason. (What is it?)

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good back ups and bad back ups
by sharee100 / August 9, 2013 11:31 AM PDT

I thought I was doing a good job with back ups. I copied all the data from my external hard drive to dvd's. I made several copies and mailed to them to relatives so I would have off-site storage. I only did it once a year. The last time was just before Christmas. Two months ago the 0 partition on the external hard drive became corrupted and I can't access data (photos mostly). My sister sent me the dvd I had sent her; but not I have to re-scan all the photos I have done since December. I learned that now I should back up more often. I think I should use an online service, but can't figure out which one would be the best for me. Any suggestions?

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Fun Poll
by mpias / August 9, 2013 11:40 AM PDT

I like the blissfully naive "I don't need to because I've never had a problem in the past." answer. I know a few people who are now older and wiser who started out that that.

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I back mine up every 4 hours
by wpgwpg / August 9, 2013 11:58 AM PDT

A lot of folks don't, but I have my important financial data plus all my email on my desktop, so I have my 3rd party software set to make a full backup weekly with incremental backups every 4 hours. I back my other computers up at least monthly. Those who don't will learn about the ounce of prevention the hard way when the painful pound of cure becomes necessary. I use Norton Ghost 15 on my Windows 7 systems, Easeus Todo Backup Free with Windows 8.
CNET has a lot of backup program reviews at;sideBar .

Some of these are free (last time I checked there were over 300), some have free trials (over 1000), and some are purchase only (over 200).

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Backing up info or as we know it data.
by claudqmha / August 9, 2013 4:04 PM PDT

I have been harping on this to my friends and customers for 12 years now. and they still don't listen or act on it even though I have set up features that are as simple as push this icon once a week or leave external hard drive plugged in and it will do it automatically. It never fails to amaze me what their excuses are either. From huh oh I forgot to it was slowing it down during my game so I unplugged or uninstalled it. Then they panic and cry about it to me.
Worst case scenario is when their hard drive is just plain dead and outside of an expensive lab that pulls the drive disc out to get it , then they are s##t out of luck. I still spend an abundance of time pulling their data of a drive filled with adware and Trojans etc. then have to go back and clean out the suspicious files from the transfer . They turn of antivirus and malware protection " it slows me down, or keeps me from going to my sites". Ask them don't they think there's a reason and why didn't you call and ask why. Oh well keeps me busy and sometimes pays for my eqpt upgrades, lol. but please figure a way to save your precious memories and needful data in a way that will work FOR you. I have two external drives because of what it do, 1 is strictly backup of my personal stuff "automatic full system including windows 3 times a week" and 1 for storing other peoples info during repairs and for a month or so after repairs" just in case".. plus I manually send pictures and invoices to my shred drive daily. all this and I work 40-50 hrs. a week outside my house on real job in mental healthcare field. work we have shared drives, external backup raid arrays hot swaps etc. we never fully delete anything ever as servers hold any deleted items for ever "don't look at porn at work as it will always be there "...

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by mpias / August 9, 2013 4:30 PM PDT

I have a nightly backup, a weekly backup and a third backup that runs Mon, Wed and Fri., all bootable. I also have a media drive with two backups and my REALLY important files are all additionally backed up to the cloud.

The nice thing is that all this stuff is automated and I don't have to lift a finger to do it. Heck, 95% of the time I don't even notice it's happening.

I mostly use SuperDuper for this. Rated the best Mac backup software for a number of years and less than $30.

I had a devastating crash back in '97 or '98 and I've been careful ever since.


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by Demaclies / August 10, 2013 2:54 AM PDT

Organize and Back up your data/downloads, updates after the first year of using a new drive and about every 2-3 months afterwards. Always back-up important work files on a secondary computer, as often as you can, and use flash drive as well; daily if you can... saves a lot of agony if something goes wrong. Anyhow, with Israel dropping tactical nukes on Syria earlier this week, people might want to consider backing up their computing hardware OS and drivers onto a set of ROM discs, and store them in a fire safe, just incase the **** hits the fan even worse than now and nuclear war spreads. For anyone not incinerated in a nuke, I'm sure you'll be happy to be able to reinstall your ****, and play some mp3 music to accent the arrival of the apocalypse.... have fun, and good luck!

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Backing Up
by rj-work / August 11, 2013 11:13 AM PDT

Thanks for the link in a previous posting to "reviews of backup-software" - I am going to look this up at:;sideBar .

In answer to the question: "Why haven't you backed up your important data yet?" my answer is twofold (by the way, these quick polls should allow for clicking on at least TWO answers!):
1. "Keep putting it off" - this could be part of my nature for less-than-straightforward things);
2. "I don't know how" - not quite true as I can do my own DATA OK (although I would like a more automated way than the batch file I have used which requires selecting each (path...) one by one; the real problem for me is to back-up the essential SYSTEM FILES without doing the whole hard disk - just the stuff necessary if (say) you can't boot-up or can't get to restore from the last restore point etc... (I have bought a new 1TB ext'l h/disk but haven't used it yet. My system is Win-7.)
I am sure you don't always have to buy a new machine and thus only use your DATA backup - there must be cases where a system file is corrupted or similar and you don't know which and just want to replace the lot?
NOT SURE re all this!! A bit scared of partitions, image backups etc. - or must I follow this way of doing it properly? Even if I do find the answer/s in the link above, I feel it would be helpful to give a summary of CNET's views/opinions on the SYSTEM side of things, and do it often! This will keep reinforcing the WHOLE back-up picture for all readers, especially new ones. Thanks for your excellent help over the whole topic of computers!! RJ.

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I`ve already known how.))
by MikeGeek / September 5, 2013 7:12 PM PDT

Haha. I began to make backup copies of files after having lost 500 baby pictures of my son.(((

Thank you! I need my docs and pics, so a backup is a must for me.

Not to say that the program which I use is something extraordinary. At least it works, so I'm quite happy.)

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take pics of a friend's baby
by James Denison / September 21, 2013 1:19 PM PDT

when yours is older, tell him it's his pictures, lol. He'll never know the difference.

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by MikeGeek / October 1, 2013 2:58 PM PDT

Has your dad had the experience when you are a baby?))

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still trying to figure out
by James Denison / October 1, 2013 4:10 PM PDT
In reply to: haha

why my eyes aren't blue anymore. Wink

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