Jerilynn wrote:What is the current Boglehead backup program du jour for PCs?
I'd like something that backs up everything so in the event of a bad hard drive, all I would need to do is buy a new one and restore everything back to it.
jebmke wrote:I tested Crashplan for about a month. The Windows service randomly stopped working rendering the automated backup unreliable. Further, the service did not automatically start when the computer rebooted despite the fact that the service was set to automatic. Emails traded with their tech support produced the recommendation to make some fairly obscure tweaks to the memory settings in the ini file. I elected not to make these changes and test further. A consumer based product should not rely on the consumer to intervene like this (even though I am perfectly comfortable making these changes).
IMO a good back up system should have bulletproof reliability on backup and restore. Features are nice, speed is nice but if the back up doesn't work reliably and the restore is uncertain, the system is useless for its intended purpose. Once a backup system is deployed, the user should do test restores, frequently at first and then less frequently (but regularly) once the restore is proven and the user is comfortable that he/she knows how to restore the data.
Lacrocious wrote:One BIG thing to do, regardless of what tool you choose to use is:
Periodically restore files to to validate that the backup and restore process works.
A Backup that has never been tested should not be considered a backup. Backup Tools fail on occasion or your Hard Drive fails or something glitches. Test Test Test.
climber2020 wrote:In addition to standard backup procedures, I keep 2 separate 32 gig USB drives containing only my photos and important scanned documents. One stays in a small fireproof safe in my apartment, the other stays in the trunk of my car. Hopefully both don't burn down on the same day
Lacrocious wrote:@dratkinson - ... Crash Plan ... Robocopy ... SyncBackSE ...