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Posted 1/6/2019 06:56 (#7223772 - in reply to #7223682)
Subject: RE: 3 - 2 - 1

Elmira, Ontario

I'm going to add some thoughts about what you are trying to accomplish because what YawLes says is the right direction.

1. People are weak. So at least one aspect of the backup system has to just happen. You might say that you will go to your mother's uncle's place to retrieve the backup drive, then backup some files, and then take it back there, but it will never happen. Suddenly, an entire year of work and memories is lost to a simple encryption virus.

2. You need to decide what bad event you are backing up against. If just hard drive crash, then a local external drive is fine. But if it needs to protect you against fire/flood/theft, then offsite is also needed. An encryption virus might need multiple generations of offline backup. In an office setup, you want multiple versions of files because people tend to mess up the spreadsheets where your critical business stuff is on.

3. You need to decide how much hassle you are willing to go through to recover your computer. If you want the system running right away, you need to do full disk images. If you don't mind installing operating systems and finding/installing all your programs, then a simple data file backup may be okay. This hassle will also include the download speed of any cloud systems.

4. You need to practice doing a restore at least once. Make sure it looks like everything is being backed up and that you understand the steps to do a full recovery or a single file recovery from a specific date.

5. Pay close attention to the technology needed to restore files. In the past, Windows Backup would be specific to the version of Windows. Using Windows XP, you might not have been able to restore Windows 98 for example. I try to use Backup systems that make local encrypted Zip files for this reason. I don't like the idea of a Backup company going out of business and them being the only way to access an old backup drive.

I am currently using a combination of technology. My offsite and immediate data/photo backup is done to OneDrive. I have a local drive that has image backups on it. I'm testing a new program, but I've been using Backup 4 All to manage the local backups.

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