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April 29, 2011

You do have a backup, right?

Filed under: tech — Tags: , — zproxy @ 9:32 am

Note to self: Have external drives sync up on each other bi-weekly.

Today I found out that my 1TB external hard drive has stopped working. Only the bright white LED was still shining. The operating system itself was unable to detect the drive via the USB connection.

You do have a backup, right?

Well, no. It was the backup. I had a collection of documents I wanted to read later. Most of them were related to my Ph.D studies and downloaded from the internet. The source code on the disk was either disposable or synced to a repository like svn or git. And then there was media like movies and images.

Should an external hard drive be considered as a temporary means to transport data?

A coffee spill on your Asus Ultrabook UX31E may take up to 2 + 8 weeks in your local repair shop!

This is not the first time a hard drive has crashed on me.  This got me thinking. How many data sources do I really have?

  • old MP3 player. 128 MB
  • old digital camera. 2GB
  • old laptop. 60 GB
  • old mobile. 500MB (screen dead, no data recovery)
  • old desktop pc. 60 GB (dead video card)
  • external hard drive connected to old laptop. 2 TB
  • new mobile. 16GB + 16GB (microSD might be slow and may corrupt data any time it feels so)
  • work laptop. 120 GB
  • external hard drive connected to work laptop. 1 TB + 1TB
  • blog at wordpress. 1 GB
  • videos at youtube. 8 GB
  • mail. 8 GB
  • external hard drive with movies given away. 1 TB
  • work shared storage. 4 GB
  • amazon instance. 60 GB
  • external USB memory stick. 2 GB (do you know where it is?)
This totals up no less than 5 TB of data. Only recently even Amazon experienced a permanent data loss.
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