I still get pitches for the Backup Blog now and again, and people asking to write guest posts, even though nothing new has appeared on this site since 2011. I thought I should at least clean it up a bit (since that would also give me a chance to see what a Genesis magazine theme would look like on a site that didn’t have featured images), but no, I will not be returning to writing it. In another year or so, I may retire the content entirely, but it’s really not doing anyone any harm here. It’s part of my history on the Internet. So it will stay, at least for now, even though I’ve moved on.
The question you’ve all been asking…
You’re in the right place. This is the only independent website I know of devoted exclusively to backups for small and home office computer users. These days, almost everyone has a computer—even my mom. And that means everyone needs to back up, but most people don’t, even though it gets easier all the time. [Read More]
All in all, I think Rebit 5 is a great product, and I intend to leave it running—not something I do with many of the backup programs I test. It’s a little more complex than at its inception, but it also seems to be better at what it does.
In conclusion, I would recommend a local, high speed, backup, for the Mac, preferably using the included Time Machine and an external hard drive (a FW800 drive is really very spiffy), but that means both your system or laptop and its main backup are in the same physical location. But if you want a secondary backup that’s off-site, easy to configure, requires very little involvement or manual action to get it going, MozyHome does provide what you may need for that purpose. Just don’t expect extremely high speeds and fast backups and restores.
The StarTech USB to SATA Standalone Hard Drive Duplicator Dock seems like a handy way to be able to use hard drives in rotation, perhaps keeping one or more off site. If you do any kind of tech support and have to make rescue calls with any kind of frequency, it could be a very handy device to have. If you’re a technophobe who shudders at the thought of formatting a disk, you might as well just buy a traditional external hard drive with an enclosure around it.
Backup (Best and Worst) Practices
Whether you’re dealing with CSS or Microsoft Word, it never hurts to save a copy of the original document before you start messing around with it. There are times when the “Undo” function can’t help you.
And just to make me glad I had backups, less than a month after I’d bought her, Auset experienced the Black Screen of Death. When I turned her on, nothing happened. No drive light. No drive sounds. Nothing on the screen. I mean, nothing. Naturally I panicked and called the Ur-Guru, while digging out the info I’d need for a warranty return. (We—he—found the solution, which was to unplug the machine, remove the battery, and press the power button for 45 seconds.) Throughout the whole harrowing scenario, there was one comforting thought: at least I had backups.
Last week I got a call from someone whose name I won’t reveal but whose story should be a lesson to everyone reading this. The person in question is someone who uses her laptop continually, but doesn’t know that much about it.