Well, my Drobo is up and running again. Â All my data appears in tact. Â Wonderful! Â Now we go merrily along like nothing happened, right? Not quite.
Today, I have the backup bug. Â The backup bug is a wonderful thing. Â Simply put, I have the incredible urge to back everything up. Â Make multiple copies of everything I don’t want to lose and securely distribute those copies out into the universe where, one day, I might call on them to resurrect themselves. Â Yeah!
I also know Â something about the backup bug: it will go away quickly. Â Today my data are safe, and they’ll probably be safe tomorrow. Â I can put it off for a couple days while I resolve other priorities. Â Days will become weeks and weeks will become an unknown amount of time until my next hard drive failure. Â It will come.
When that hard drive failure comes again, and it will, I’ll be kicking myself, fixing the problem and hopefully moving on with minimal data damage, but with a huge loss of time. Â While I probably will have minimal loses, it’s still a waste. Â With 2 TB hard drives getting down to as little as $100 these days, it’s cheaper to buy a bunch and consistently backup rather than lose a couple days fixing the problem. Â It’s a hard lesson to learn.
What really kills off my backup bug is organization. Â I have the space to properly backup, particularly today. Â However, the question because what and how to backup. Â I don’t want to backup everything, just those things that are not adequately backed up. Â I have several categories for my data:
1. Active Â – Active data are those things I’m actively modifying. Â Writing projects, for example. Â These require constant backup.
2. Inactive – Formerly active projects that are retired. Â I may want them on my computer or server, but they only need multiple static copies.
3. Configuration – those files that are used to configure my computer – the OS, for example. Â These, like Active projects, should be constantly backed up but not necessarily in the same place.
4. Replaceable – if the files are not really mine, like an application disk image, and can be reacquired generally shouldn’t be backed up, unless they are no longer available.
5. Temporary – judgement call – once it’s backed up, it might be around for a really long time.
In any case, none of my files are organized this well… I should probably get to it if I’m going to get anything before the backup bug goes away.