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Backing $h*t up

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Having my main servers down does truly suck. No access to my source code repository, email repository or my Sharepoint sites.

But what if my laptop blows up one day? I backup once in a blue moon, so what would I lose? Now that would really suck. There’s got to be a better way.

After looking around, here’s what I came up with:

1. Backup all of my system installation disks in case I ever want to start over “clean.” This includes OS, useful apps, development apps, and drivers. I don’t like starting over clean, but I can see it coming with Vista :(.

This step is useful for when I get one of those “I want to refresh my computer because it’s Windows – and Windows is stupid – so I end up with files all over the place that I don’t want, so let’s start over clean” moments.

Most of the time, I don’t have those moments. Usually because those moments usually turn into many days.

2. Every time I install a new application or update an application, I’ll reimage everything on my hard drive and create a baseline image. For this I’ll use the almighty Acronis imaging software.

This is when things get interesting. As cool as imaging is, I don’t want to have to worry about backing up my files every night. I want to keep things backed up without having to think about it. After some research, I found what I was looking for…

3. Install Carbonite Online Backup. <geek>As we all know, carbonite is the best way to preserve things without destroying what you are preserving.</geek>

This cool application runs in the background. I have Carbonite setup to backup all files, except for application and OS files (see step #2 to resolve this issue). Carbonite will monitor your files and will detect when something has been added, updated or deleted and immediately attempts to backup the “changes” to a secure internet server.

Carbonite also overlays some visual feedback on your files in Windows Explorer providing you with the status of your files. Very cool:

So now, should my laptop blow up, the sequence to restore would go something like:

1. Utilize Acronis Restore CD to restore a baseline image that includes Carbonite.
2. Kick off Carbonite’s Restore functionality.
3. Go watch TV for a while.

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Written by Nelson

February 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Posted in Hardware

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  1. Very Cool. I’ll check this out soon.

    Thank you for the information.

    Jason

    February 4, 2007 at 10:26 pm


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