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Oct 29, 2008 : Backup Day

This Friday is Halloween. And it's this year's backup day. At least, according to Maxell. Two years ago, they inaugurated Fall Backup Day to be the Friday before the United States' "fall back" daylight savings time change. So each year it is the Friday before the first Sunday in November. (Assuming no new legislation is passed to change DST dates)

Just yesterday I was thinking there should be a backup day, where everyone is reminded to burn some CDs/DVDs of their important files, or make sure they have an automated backup to a remote computer or external hard drive. Because it's so easy to keep putting it off and never doing it. One of my hard drives died several weeks ago, and even that painful reminder wasn't enough for me to get backups in place right away for all my other files.

So I searched for a backup day, but I didn't find much. A few random declarations of random days as backup day, and Maxell's declaration seemed to be the most prominent (even their day seems weak, nothing but a few news articles about it). But I, at least, will start celebrating it.

So during a lull in the trick-or-treaters this year, start burning a DVD. Or find some software to do automatic backups of your files to a remote location.

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Comment from: John Plaxco [Visitor] ·
While I tend to utilize my backups a few times a week, I believe that this is a great idea to remind people that don't normally need to. If your data is important, then you should spend time verifying that what you're doing to protect it is actually working correctly. I like the idea of having it be the last working day before the time change as well, since we're "backing up" an hour. Thanks!
Permalink 10/30/08 @ 12:38
Comment from: Kyle Adams [Visitor] ·
So what's your backup plan Dave? Especially post-HD trauma.
Permalink 10/31/08 @ 10:34
Comment from: Dave Brondsema [Member] ·
So far its been burn 2 DVDs of photos and a CD of documents, to make sure I have everything accounted for right now while I work on automating it. My first step is going to be use rsnapshot to do rsync incrementals from one of my hard drives to the other, and vice versa. One is fat32, and I don't want to repartition that drive, so I'm making a ext3 "filesystem in a file" on that drive and mounting the file as loopback filesystem.

I'll want to do some offsite backups for sure, maybe with dreamhosts personal backup option. Not sure yet.
Permalink 10/31/08 @ 15:42
Comment from: Matt [Visitor] ·
I haven't been too diligent in doing backups in the past, but I think the Friday before the first Sunday in November could be a decent reminder. However as I tend to get lazy on Fridays well before the day is over I think Thursday would work better for my schedule. I guess it'll be another year before I get around to doing my backup, but at least I'll have a way to remember.
Permalink 11/12/08 @ 03:14

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