I thought I’d go look on Technorati and see who else might be blogging on the subject of backup, and found the site “Backup Brain,” most of which is not about backups at all. It does however have a prominent link to a product called “10 Quick Steps to Perfect Backups,” available in PDF and MP3 formats for $20 each. According to the publishers, it’s a best seller.
A new subscriber to the FileSlinger Backup Reminder Newsletter asked whether I was going to provide a step-by-step guide as part of the newsletter, and in so doing gave me ideas for several short articles I could write to include in the blog or on my articles page.
Not that I really believe that perfect backups actually exist. Even the definition of a good backup depends on who you are, how much you need to back up, what kind of equipment you have, and how much time, effort, or money you’re willing to devote to making, testing, storing, and (if necessary) restoring from backups. Some principles apply across the board, but the perfect solution for a one-person, one-computer company is not necessarily the perfect solution for a large corporation with hundreds of computers.
If anyone out there has read the book, feel free to post comments on the results you got from following their steps!