Careful with that RAID setup. If one of those drives fails you lose the lot!
I've been using Raid 0 for years and never had any fail (que epic raid fail when I finish typing this). To say if one drive fails you loose everything is a bit stupid, if you have a single drive and it fails, you loose everything as well just the same. Raid 5 is better, security wise, but if he only has 2 drives, he can't do that. Also, if it's for backups only, then surely you have a copy of it all on your pc(s) anyway if the raid did let go ...
i havent backed up in a while - the last time i backed up was right before/after upgrading to vista. i should have done the same when i upgraded ulitmate (not quite legally), but i didnt. oh well, im sure ill do it soon
Bad but true backup story of the day: (this happened a few days ago. to me.)
I was formatting my friend's notebook. I didn't have the equipment with me to take a Ghost image of the HDD, and also I couldn't run any backup software on the machine since it would freeze within a minute of booting, so I thought I nearly couldn't do it. Anyway, I decided to use the HP restore partition to go back to a fresh copy of Vista. During the restore process it gave me the option to back up everything to a portable HDD, so I chose it. I really didn't want to do this, I would have much preferred to back everything up with Ghost, but I didn't have much of a choice. It backed up all the personal files to the HDD, and then wiped the machine and restored a fresh-but-bloated copy of Vista. Now the backup won't restore. The software included in the backup (it copies the restore wizard EXE to the backup folder) refuses to run on Vista, and I've got a suspicion that because the external HDD is FAT32 then there might be only the first 4GB of data (though it is supposed to split it into multiple files, there's only one file there, and it's about 4GB).
Moral of the story: never trust any OEM bundled/branded backup software. It's most likely a piece of [censored]. Always back up your files either as flat files to a DVD/USB drive/external HDD, or pack them in RARs or some other format which can be opened by more than one piece of software. Also make two backups just in case.
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My friend from work bought a new cell phone about a month ago, so they have been using the newer phone. Meanwhile, she was waiting for her new laptop to come in to backup all the content (such as photos, texts, etc.) onto the new computer. Since then, her brother wanted to borrow the phone since his died, so she told him to wait. Regardless, he took the SIM CARD OUT, and EVERYTHING ON THE PHONE WAS DELETED!!!! Now, all of her photos and memories are GONE.
So don't only back up your computer, but also your phone, video game systems (such as Xbox 360 with the Memory Card or Wii/PS3 with SD cards), and any important information!
Currently, I am using a MyBook from WD to store all of my computers's hard drives onto one compact backup device. So far, so good! I even got to take a few files from the school computers that I needed very easily since I won't be attending a High School ever again. lol
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I unfortunately haven't backed up recently.. With 1TB data collective in a RAID 0, I'm really setting myself up for a catastrophic loss. I'm hoping to switch to a RAID 5 (4x640GB drives probably) eventually, but funds are a bit tight at the moment.
*Doesn't back up* Seriously, everything on my PC that I care about is on disc so there's no real reason that I need to back up. The only backing up related issue involved Western Digital hard drives and Happy Days episodes. My mother loved Happy Days so for her birthday, I copied some episodes off a DVD I borrowed from the library. The hard drive was faulty from day 1 and kept konking out for no apparent reason and I guess I wasn't fast enough on burning all those Happy Days episodes onto DVD before the hard drive died.
Again, my failure to backup has cost me data. I only lost about 10gb this time, but still.
The drive is completely dead, atleast the controller board. It gets incredibly hot, but the drive refuses to spin up.
I'd back up my hard drive if I had another HDD to back it up to. I'm not made of money (meaning I can't simply buy a new drive - hell, I'd probably just get a new computer if I had money), and I can't add a second HDD to my computer (it's an old Dell Latitude laptop), so...?
I back up every week, there are 2 years ago, i lost 4 years of data one week before create a backup ... since I make a backup on two hard drive, one after the other.
And I Have on a external 2.5" Hard Drive all of my data.