Current remote backup service advice please!

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  1. Posts : 920
    Windows 10 Pro
       #11

    My method is similar, I have 3 disks in the system, a small boot drive for Windows and a few utilities, a larger disk for games and apps then a larger disk for personal files.
    The boot drive takes a little over 2 mins to image including verifying, the image is saved to the third drive, image is taken before and after each CU or other major update but at least monthly.
    The second disk I ignore, games and apps can always be re installed.
    The third disk contains a folder structure that makes sense to me and all apps save files here, so pictures, documents, blender files, music etc. The files are everything I want to keep going back almost 20 years right up to stuff I was working on last night.
    Once a month I plug in my external drives, one at a time, format them (this checks the media is still reliable) then I just drag across all the folders from drive 3 to make a copy, including an image of the boot drive.
    The backup takes maybe an hour, including disk imaging, formatting and copying. This way I know I have a backup of all my data, from stuff I 've kept for years up to stuff I was working on the night before. No searching through files to determine which are up to date or not, just dragging folders across.
    This is my Sunday morning routine while I have a coffee and read the news.
    I personally don't use cloud services, I give my daughter a copy of a back up drive so it is off site.
    The best backup plan should not be overly time consuming or difficult, it is all in the planning and preparation.
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  2. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #12

    cereberus said:
    I also recommend storing "most critical" data in the Cloud as well in case of fire, flood etc.
    Maybe I'm old fashioned here but I just don't fancy the idea of keeping documents that contain personal details on what is effectively someone else's system. I could actually keep a hard copy in an outbuilding, it's proper brick built and dry.

    I'm more careful now as I once did come right down to the wire when I foolishly managed to delete some stuff. Nothing mission critical but stuff I'd invested a lot of time in. I remembered the files would be on my old Vista install... which wasn't in use as that PC had W10 or W8.1 on it but I did have the archived Vista disk image from before I wiped that system. So quick reinstall Vista, reinstall what was Acronis Home (the last really good version from around 2007) and got the files back that way. I was down to my last recovery option to get those files back. So never again and lessons learned.
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  3. Posts : 13,702
    Windows10
       #13

    Mooly said:
    Maybe I'm old fashioned here but I just don't fancy the idea of keeping documents that contain personal details on what is effectively someone else's system. I could actually keep a hard copy in an outbuilding, it's proper brick built and dry.

    I'm more careful now as I once did come right down to the wire when I foolishly managed to delete some stuff. Nothing mission critical but stuff I'd invested a lot of time in. I remembered the files would be on my old Vista install... which wasn't in use as that PC had W10 or W8.1 on it but I did have the archived Vista disk image from before I wiped that system. So quick reinstall Vista, reinstall what was Acronis Home (the last really good version from around 2007) and got the files back that way. I was down to my last recovery option to get those files back. So never again and lessons learned.
    A lot of us do not have luxury of a secure outhouse lol. I would say OneDrive is very safe as owned by MS. They have multiple redundancy.
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  4. Posts : 111
    W10e
    Thread Starter
       #14

    How embarrassing! I feel like a moron.

    I started with a Commodore 64 that i bought when they came out for about $750 and then had to buy a floppy drive for it and so on. For many years i tried to keep up with the newest advances, but now i find that i am standing on the platform and the train went by hours ago-

    I had no idea that USB drives were up to the capacity that i saw, even at Walmart! 512GB for about $45.00??? Maybe like Rip Van Winkle, i slept too long-
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