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do you do optical backups?

I gots dem data CDs, yo. I be all 'bout da '90s!
1 (3.3%)
yes, I use DVDs for storage
1 (3.3%)
digital all the way! (external disks, pendrives, solid state)
8 (26.7%)
multiple digital backups in case one fails.
15 (50%)
digital with optical redundancy
5 (16.7%)

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Voting closed: February 06, 2013, 08:25:15 PM

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2012, 08:18:38 AM »
OK, I want to back-up stuff as well. I've got the free access to Drop-Box which is useful, but I'm seeing good and bad things here about Carbonite. What's good/bad about it?

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2012, 10:35:02 AM »
The good is that it backs up automatically without you having to do anything. I've never encountered anything bad about it. But then, I've never yet had to retrieve data.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2012, 01:08:50 PM »
Sometimes it randomly brings my whole system to a crawl by taking up the whole processor, even though it's still slow as all get out and I'm not even sure it will have our drive backed up before one year of service. It's only 250 GB ffs. And they ignore everything I've sent to customer service.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2012, 01:49:49 PM »
That's what I'm afraid of. I seem to have plenty of stuff lurking around slowing my laptop down and I really don't need something else deciding that it wants to do something while I'm trying to surf the net work.

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 01:52:38 PM »
I've got Carbinite set to do it's backing up thing in the middle of the night. I've never noticed any issue with slowing things down.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2012, 02:25:02 PM »
Depending on how much you have one of these or a combo of all of these might work

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2012, 02:47:12 PM »
Considering how long it's taking to do the initial back up when it's running all the time, telling it to only do it at night seems like not a very good idea for me.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2012, 03:09:18 PM »
I have windows live mesh continuously syncing my important docs to two separate laptops, and a backup hard drive.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2012, 03:59:39 PM »
I have a EHD.  However, I use it mainly to store my music collection.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2012, 05:00:01 PM »
Two EHDs and Carbonite, though I hate Carbonite.

if it's only free for a trial period, why does anyone bother?
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2012, 06:16:14 PM »
I have windows live mesh continuously syncing my important docs to two separate laptops, and a backup hard drive.

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2012, 06:58:29 PM »
I have windows live mesh continuously syncing my important docs to two separate laptops, and a backup hard drive.

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2012, 09:02:38 PM »
I used to use CD's dvd, but after getting into photography and shooting in raw it just got to be too much burning.

I use Mozy for online backup, and a 500gb external hard drive periodically for physical backup. I only backup documents and photos, I have a crapload of movies and music which I don't bother with (I can always get them again if I need to).

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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2012, 05:41:28 AM »
That's a good point Khendar, we are trending towards a time where it will be less and less important to own media. Why do you need to back up your music and movies if you can stream all if it, any time from many devices? I know we are not there yet, but its foreseeable that we could be there soon. Meh, who am I kidding, the RIAA will screw it up.
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Re: quick geek poll: optical backups of your data?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2012, 05:50:27 AM »
That's a good point Khendar, we are trending towards a time where it will be less and less important to own media. Why do you need to back up your music and movies if you can stream all if it, any time from many devices? I know we are not there yet, but its foreseeable that we could be there soon. Meh, who am I kidding, the RIAA will screw it up.

I need/choose to because
a. I don't have the bandwidth i would take to replace them all
b. it seems like it would take longer to track everything down again, rename every file properly, than to just save them.
c. because if it's illegal, it'll take ages to one-by-one turn your own CDs back into mp3s, or the files were illegal downloads, not illegal converts, it might not always be so easy to re-download them (imagine trying to restore a collection dealing with some 100k throttle 20-minute-wait-period host because all the good sites have been scared off by the FBI), and if it's legal, you'll have wasted your money--you can't say 'it was stolen, iTunes, so please let me redownload the songs I bought'

of course...who really fuckin needs all their shit? I 'lost' about 300 hip-hop albums I had...about 5 years ago. I got my favorite songs, my have yet to give enough of a shit to so much as catch a free download of any of the albums. I probably do spend more time plugging in and unplugging my backup drives than it would take me to just start over some day.
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