Backup Solution: Check!

This will be an opportunity for you to point at me and laugh. Today, I have a proper backup solution. I have just purchased and received a Western Digital “My Book” 250 GB (More photos) external hard-drive for backup alone. Why laugh, you ask? Well because I haven’t had a proper backup system until today.

The drive itself looks nice, is very quiet, is as fast as USB 2 allows and is generally nice (considering the price was rather low). It does have an external PSU. It doesn’t have a special “backup everything” button, I plan to either manually do my backups or explore a software solution.

Are you backed-up?

12 thoughts on “Backup Solution: Check!”

  1. Gareth says:

    I backup only when something goes wrong or nearly wrong! NOT the way to do it. I would love to hear of some automated solutions.

  2. I finally took the step and bought a silent server (now in the closet with wifi access) and use that for both development and backup. It has 3×250GB’s in a RAID 1 system, no more worries about backing-up 🙂 I never had much success with external hard-drives, they tend to break apart. Your brick looks sweet though. Good to hear you wont be losing any of your brilliant artwork due to hardware failure now.

  3. Daniel P says:

    You know, I bought a WD My Book Professional (500gb) for another layer of backups. (I had an internet backup service, remote backup, and this would’ve been my third set).. I had never before had any need for backups, but ONE WEEK after i bought the my book pro, my hdd crashed, the wd my book died, and the internet service i’d been using shut down. all in the same day.. And I couldn’t get the data back from any of them. 🙂

    Way to beat the odds, eh?

  4. Joen says:

    now in the closet with wifi access

    Won’t it get too hot?

    It has 3?250GB?s in a RAID 1 system

    Sounds ample.

    Way to beat the odds, eh?

    Wow… when it rains it pours!

    Maybe you jinxed it with all that backup…

  5. Won?t it get too hot?

    nope, but if I hang a wet shirt in there, it will dry quite nicely 🙂

    Maybe you jinxed it with all that backup…

    LOL!

  6. Joen says:

    nope, but if I hang a wet shirt in there, it will dry quite nicely 🙂

    NERD! 🙂

  7. khaled says:

    I actually have two external hardiscs. One is the porche designed lacie 250gb and the other is this really cool little cobbled together 80gb laptop style external hardisc. The issue is that my fekkin windows install doesn’t see them as USB2 and I can’t for the life of me understand how to do that. I’ve tried the dumbass microsoft website and that doesn’t work etc.

    Before you cry foul, I’ve not given up on Ubuntu, not by a long shot, but currently I’m having to use Photoshop and therefore forced to revert back to windows. This is an issue right now because I haven’t left a lot of room on my windows partition (20gb of a 250gb drive) so that’s a bit of a pain right now to manage.

    Ubuntu’s got this great automating system for backups actually which works really well (I know it’s not windows but I’m just saying is all). Why won’t Adobe just release PS for Linux and have all of geekdom rejoice? I mean honestly.

  8. Omar says:

    Joen, I highly recommend the freeware version of SyncBack for automating your backups 🙂

  9. That’s great! I’m actually a proud owner of one of these bad boys and it has served me wonders.

  10. adam says:

    yeah, i had a brand new drive fry on me a couple years ago. ever since, i’ve been paranoid. i run 3 160’s in RAID 5. i’ve had a drive go once since, and it’s annoying to lose 8 hours while it rebuilds, but comforting.

  11. Joen says:

    The issue is that my fekkin windows install doesn?t see them as USB2 and I can?t for the life of me understand how to do that. I?ve tried the dumbass microsoft website and that doesn?t work etc.

    I’ve had that with some computers. I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you…

    Before you cry foul, I?ve not given up on Ubuntu, not by a long shot

    I’d never cry foul! I’m secretly hoping you’ll keep using Ubuntu and be a vanguard of free alternatives to windows and OSX!

    but currently I?m having to use Photoshop and therefore forced to revert back to windows.

    Add to that mix, Flash, Dreamweaver and Illustrator and you see my problem with Ubuntu.

    Why won?t Adobe just release PS for Linux and have all of geekdom rejoice? I mean honestly.

    I agree.

    Joen, I highly recommend the freeware version of SyncBack for automating your backups 🙂

    That’s great! Thanks for the advice, I’ll keep that in mind.

    That?s great! I?m actually a proud owner of one of these bad boys and it has served me wonders.

    Glad to hear it! I made that backup yesterday and it was bliss.

    i run 3 160?s in RAID 5. i?ve had a drive go once since, and it?s annoying to lose 8 hours while it rebuilds, but comforting.

    It’s much better than simply losing your work, that’s for sure!

  12. gareth says:

    Joen, I highly recommend the freeware version of SyncBack for automating your backups 🙂

    great tip 🙂

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