[bct] Re: Backups

  • From: "Sarah" <kales2@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 17:54:24 -0700

Oh, I agree. when I have my external drive in my hand wich sould be soon I'm 
going to transfer my programs exe files on there so it won't take up space 
on my hard drive.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 5:48 PM
Subject: [bct] Backups

Kelly and list,

My backup strategy is a bit different. I have a couple Buslink 40-gig
external drives. I keep all personal information, NLS web braille books,
music, and other important files on one of these disks. That information
never gets to the hard drive at all. Every so often, I use Synchromagic, a
great backup program, to make a mirror image of the data to a second Buslink
drive. This morning, for example, I backed up a half gig or so of data,
since I had some new music downloaded from Magnatune.com and wanted to be
sure it was safely backed up. It took about 20 minutes to back it all up to
the second drive.

The advantage of keeping all your personal stuff on a separate external
drive is that you can grab it in an emergency and not lose it. You can be
assured that, if or when your main PC hard drive dies, you haven't lost
anything, since you can re-install Windows and your software. And your old
hard drive doesn't have personal stuff on it, although I know that, if
you're not careful, passwords and other things can be stored there by

By the way, I have a folder on the external drive called Software, which
contains all the (executable program) files and e-mail (.eml) files with the
software's registration keys, user keys, access keys, activation keys,
vendor contacts, and that sort of thing. I also have another folder called
Diskettes, which contains the (admittedly, small) number of items on
diskette that I need--one folder per diskette, and each diskette folder
containing all the items on the diskette. I also keep braille lists of Skype
ID's, podcast subscription addresses, e-mail contacts, e-mail list
subscription instructions, and general Windows how-to instructions. Sounds
like a lot, but, having installed a lot of stuff on a lot of PC's over the
past 15 years, I can tell you that having this stuff on hand is vital if you
expect to recover from a crash. Having worked in main frame system support,
I've seen main frame systems die without warning, and it took weeks to get
the systems back to normal, because, believe it or not, crashes really do
happen, and people aren't ready, especially the users who are stuck with
work to do and no way to do it.

Now I don't have to do a podcast, although there are some who listen to BCT
who don't subscribe to the list. But then, they'd probably skip right past a
podcast about making backups.

Mary Emerson
E-mail: maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Skype name: mkemerson
Podcast web site: http://www.emerson.libsyn.com
Podcast feed: emerson.libsyn.com/rss

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