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    • CommentAuthorMark W
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2008 edited
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    or at least a way to prevent ones in the future. A program that I swear by for bringing back hard drives and maintaining them called spinrite. Of course, since our El Magnifico Bastardo is currently offline it might be a wee bit hard for him to get a copy, but here's the link anyway.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
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    As an ex-Symantec/Peter Norton person - we all need reliable backups. And getting your data off your CPU's internal HD is a good thing. As this flash drive tech gets cheaper better and faster - it will be the way to go.
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      CommentAuthorparibolzi
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
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    It's like there's a Warren-shaped hole in the internet, isn't it?
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
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    i'm sad that i don't live in the uk, i would've fixed it for free. :(

    and i would've fixed it. i'd like to punch the tech who told him to put in his restore disk, just out of professional courtesy.
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    But, you would also be in the UK.... where you can't even trust advice from so called 'experts' when you have a problem.

    Getting bad advice from someone who fails to really understand his job which then leads to making your problems ten times worse is what being British is all about.

    Why do you think we swear so much?
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
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    that explains a lot!
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    At minimum, we all need to be backing up to a rotating set of external hard drives (by batch file) every night. And USB flash drives as needed throughout the day. If you have the bucks to combine the above with a tape backup drive, you're pretty well covered... Oh, and make sure to store a copy off-site on at least a weekly basis. For those of us whose livelihood depends on creating and writing digital content and files (like mine does), the investment can be life-saving. There's no more nauseating feeling than discovering a crashed, grinding hard drive and knowing you have no recent backup.....
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    And never rely on tapes alone. Tapes break, and tape catalogs get corrupted. I like to always have a physical, non-tape backup resource where I can actually SEE the files, even on systems where I have scheduled tape backups...
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    Automated, daily backups to a separate hard drive is the way to go. Something that is done before you even get out of bed, and you don't have to remember to do backups.

    When working on a book, I easily add up to 10 GB of files to my HD, so I can't afford to lose even a day's work, much less a weeks, or months.

    I recycle my backup every 8 weeks so the backup drive doesn't get completely full ( recycle = erase and create a new backup).

    Everything else I need is synced to my Palm TX - contacts, calendar, writing, etc, so I always have a copy on the go.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    The company I'm at now doesn't really have a solution for a serious writer who is a mobile as Warren. That 8GB Flash drive ASUS EEEPC seems the ticket there as it comes off as rugged. We've got the backup situation all automated though. I can't imagine Warren ambling into the Apple store in Grays, Essex and buying a Time Capsule just yet.

    The folks in the British link above claim to have the 8GB upgrade on hand.
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    Time capsule would be useless to Warren anyway - it only works with Apples' OS X.5 (Leopard), and I don't see Warren ever buying a mac.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    It's only Time Machine Backups that require Leopard, the Time Capsule is accessible to wi-fi enabled PCs.
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    No... Time Machine/Capsule backups can only be done with Leopard. Windows machines can access those files, but they cannot use Time Capsule to create back ups in the first place.

    Time Capsule is a revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. It automatically backs up everything, so you no longer have to worry about losing your digital life.


    Time Capsule with Time Machine in Leopard is the ideal backup solution. But that doesn’t mean Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users can’t enjoy the benefits of Time Capsule, too. Because it mounts as a wireless hard drive, Tiger and Windows users simply access Time Capsule directly from the wireless network for exchanging and storing files quickly and easily.


    If you're planning on using Time Capsule for backups for your windows machine, you're wasting your money. There are better and cheaper alternatives.
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    To use Time Capsule and not be in constant tears of impatience you'd have to make sure your wi-fi network is entirely 802.11n as well.

    Backing up over 802.11g doesn't even bare thinking about...

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