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  Reply # 190470 19-Jan-2009 09:09
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If you have other valuables, consider investing in a safe (preferably a strong one that is bolted to the floor), and use that to store your backups.


Which will be fine until you have a fire and your media melts inside the safe.....




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  Reply # 190472 19-Jan-2009 09:27
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If you have other valuables, consider investing in a safe (preferably a strong one that is bolted to the floor), and use that to store your backups.


Which will be fine until you have a fire and your media melts inside the safe.....

Most safes (even the cheaper ones to a certain extent) are good for a couple of hours in a fire. It's a good option, but most people can't remember/can't be bothered to burn backups to media that's why you can't really beat an online backup solution.




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Reply # 190473 19-Jan-2009 09:30
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Another important thing is to TEST YOUR BACKUP PROCEDURE.

I read from someone on Twitter yesterday how she burned her data to some DVDs, sent the Mac for repair - HDD replacement, and now the CDs are unreadable for some reason.

Also if you use a third party backup solution make sure to have a copy of the program somewhere safe because you will need it to restore your data if it is not in a common format.




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  Reply # 190491 19-Jan-2009 11:40
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One option I've been thinking of is buying a Time Capsule (Apple's wireless backup drive) and hiding it somewhere in the house - somewhere that makes it hard for a burglar to find (they wouldn't even know it was there). So that way, they can steal the iMac and MacBook but my data from both would be tucked away safely on the Time Capsule drive.

Mozy looks like a great option too - I'll definitely check that out.

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  Reply # 190493 19-Jan-2009 11:48
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Benjip: One option I've been thinking of is buying a Time Capsule (Apple's wireless backup drive) and hiding it somewhere in the house - somewhere that makes it hard for a burglar to find (they wouldn't even know it was there). So that way, they can steal the iMac and MacBook but my data from both would be tucked away safely on the Time Capsule drive.

Mozy looks like a great option too - I'll definitely check that out.

What if your house burns down?

Edit: Oops, saw this is already mentioned earlier.  Oh well...

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  Reply # 190496 19-Jan-2009 11:57
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Most safes (even the cheaper ones to a certain extent) are good for a couple of hours in a fire.


I disagree - from what I understand these safes are fine in a fire for paper, but for media such as dvds/cds and tapes they become distorted very quickly in a cheap safe.

 




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