Macrium Backups, An Important Lesson for Those Who Don't Backup

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  1. Posts : 1,524
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    Macrium Backups, An Important Lesson for Those Who Don't Backup


    Earlier today I wanted to add a PDF to my iPad. When I tried to drag and drop it into the Books section using iTunes, it wouldn't copy. Further, I noticed that I was unable to sync or backup any devices, nor could I see any of my previous device backups. Oh dear, not good.

    Well, I tried reinstalling iTunes but no joy. It tried installing older versions of iTunes. Still no joy. So I began to suspect the iTunes wasn't the problem but something in Windows or possibly some other software update.
    I started restoring Macrium backups and it didn't take long to find out that the problem started just a few days ago. Running deferential or incremental backups at the end of every working session saved the day for me. Except for having to recover some updated location markers I had made to MyPlaces in Google Earth Pro from yesterdays differential backup, I was up and running again within 20 minutes.

    Lessons are that making incremental or differential backups often is necessary. I do them every day or before I make any significant system additions/changes. Next, get a backup drive or NAS as large as you can afford so you can keep a sufficiently long history of backups, you never know how far back a problem started. The other thing is to separate your data from your OS, I have mine on separate disks so restoring the OS didn't impact my data. Don't wait until disaster strikes, it eventually will.
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  2. Posts : 4,165
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    That's a great reminder. When you suddenly loose access to a large chunk of important data you can really get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. I've spoken with people who have lost as much as 10 years of business critical data. How you can have no backups of data with that level of importance has always eluded me
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  3. Posts : 1,524
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    hsehestedt said:
    That's a great reminder. When you suddenly loose access to a large chunk of important data you can really get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. I've spoken with people who have lost as much as 10 years of business critical data. How you can have no backups of data with that level of importance has always eluded me
    That's what started me using backups many years ago. First Norton Ghost, then Acronis, and now for several years Macrium (by far the best and 100% reliable for me). Sadly, those who really need to read this post will likely never see it much less implement backups.
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  4. Posts : 2,068
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    Also, consider backing up to a usb external drive that you can keep offsite. Take it to work with you, leave it at a family members house, etc. This way if your house floods or catches fire you have a backup that is safe.
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  5. Posts : 32
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       #5

    I bet Macrium works very well but keep in mind for those looking for another FREE alternative there is all so Veeam that works flawlessly and comes with free support, if interested check it out here
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  6. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    SoFine409 said:
    Earlier today I wanted to add a PDF to my iPad. When I tried to drag and drop it into the Books section using iTunes, it wouldn't copy. Further, I noticed that I was unable to sync or backup any devices, nor could I see any of my previous device backups. Oh dear, not good.

    Well, I tried reinstalling iTunes but no joy. It tried installing older versions of iTunes. Still no joy. So I began to suspect the iTunes wasn't the problem but something in Windows or possibly some other software update.
    I started restoring Macrium backups and it didn't take long to find out that the problem started just a few days ago. Running deferential or incremental backups at the end of every working session saved the day for me. Except for having to recover some updated location markers I had made to MyPlaces in Google Earth Pro from yesterdays differential backup, I was up and running again within 20 minutes.

    Lessons are that making incremental or differential backups often is necessary. I do them every day or before I make any significant system additions/changes. Next, get a backup drive or NAS as large as you can afford so you can keep a sufficiently long history of backups, you never know how far back a problem started. The other thing is to separate your data from your OS, I have mine on separate disks so restoring the OS didn't impact my data. Don't wait until disaster strikes, it eventually will.
    Hi there
    don't forget to backup NAS stuff once in a while too !!!! especially if your data is no longer on the Windows PC and you want to keep it. A cheap external self powered passport 4TB USB3 drive makes a good device for this purpose.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    don't forget to backup NAS stuff once in a while too !!!! especially if your data is no longer on the Windows PC and you want to keep it. A cheap external self powered passport 4TB USB3 drive makes a good device for this purpose.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    OK... What does NAS mean?
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  8. Posts : 4,165
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #8

    Network Attached Storage
    Then there is also SAN which is Storage Area Network

    Edit:

    More info:

    NAS is file based storage, SAN is block based storage.
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  9. Posts : 56,794
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    Fancy name to say multiple users can backup and restore files from one central place.

    The boring stuff:

    Network-attached storage - Wikipedia
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  10. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    Thanks!
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