I've worked with computer users for many years and found that the only
people who regularly backup their system are those who lost their
important files at one time. I use a double-negative and tell them,
"Don't backup anything you don't mind losing."
Erm. How about almost losing files. I fried a hard drive as I was in the
process of moving everything from it to a newly purchased hard drive.
Piece of metal shorted the drive's control board. All of my
academic and other writing, as well as some related research, was
on there. My scream woke my wife. Luckily I was able to find another of
the same board. Of course, nowadays I do at least semi-regular
backups--directly derived from what I felt when I saw the board flash.
Doncha know- electronic stuff all runs on smoke- once you let the smoke out,
they stop working... :^)
But seriously- been there, done that, glad it worked out for you. Back at
work, we used to buy tape drives to back up every machine, but gave that up
when it became obvious people were not using them. Official backup method is
now an assigned partition on LAN, spooled off nightly. They don't use it
either. We are considering (shudder) thin clients or locked local drives,
with all OA apps locked down to save to LAN only.
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