Back Up. The disk failures have not been in vane. I now have a backup system par none. I am enjoying the word too… up. Up. Better than a back down.
If you are interested in my backup strategy, read on.
I now have a new HDD (the third!) in my M200. I have divided it into two partitions, one for the OS and programs, the other for data. The reason for this is that partitions are much quicker to backup and restore, and I may need to do that with only one or the other. Also problems might be isolated to one or the other partition.
I use Acronis for those backups, onto a huge 500 gig external drive.
That is not enough though as I discovered. Backups can be corrupt. Backup disks can also fail. So I have a smaller external drive where I copy files, just data, no programs. I take this with me. I use Second Copy 7 to do that copying and it does it every 10 min or so, just adds in the new stuff. I like this plain copy thing as I can see the data there. That used to be my only backup, but it left me quite vulnerable, not just to losing the data or having the whole lot stolen, but to having to reinstall from scratch, I have had to do that twice in the last few weeks, and I have a lot of programs.
And the final protection, as it is not always easy to quickly plug in the leads etc, is a 4 gig USB thumb drive, that uses Second Copy 7 to keep the last two days of work. Long enough for me to get back to the other disks.
But that is not all. There are some key data files, money, organisational stuff, I have Second Copy 7 regularly put up via FTP, onto the website.
Boring but I almost feel as if I can trust the system. I still dread the moment when I boot up, I have had so many hours of nothing happening when I do, and even with all the backup, a disk failure is traumatic for me.
But if you sketch digitally it is like sharpening pencils. We like to go on about the media we use, be it brands of paint, brushes, pencils or paper.
Anyway, I am back up!