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Old 11-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #41
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Sometimes common sense has to prevail. If you get an email from someone you don't know, about a subject you don't know, with strange looking attachements.... DO NOT CLICK AND OPEN THE ATTACHMENT!

Don't do your normal computer activities using an account with administrator rights.

Setup your backups using the administrator account and write them to a location with restricted access rights ( normal users can't get to it )

One thing that could be problematic is the size of your backup. I know people that have TBs of music, video, pics etc, not really practical for backup. May have to be selective in what is important.

XP had an excellent backup tool called ntbackup. It worked really well, I guess that was reason M$ got rid of it.

Images are good system recovery, but maybe not practical for personal data files.
Some free backup tools to look at are EASEUS TODO backup and FBACKUP.

File syncing is also good for making copies of your data files. Synctoy is free from microsoft powertools collection. It doesn't copy open files and doesn't schedule well; but it does work. Another one is FreeFileSync ( opensource ) that will copy open files with VSS and can be scheduled.
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And don't forget one of the main principles of IT. You can back up all you want, but if you don't test the restore process you don't really have a backup.
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And don't forget one of the main principles of IT. You can back up all you want, but if you don't test the restore process you don't really have a backup.
I've seen one too many large companies learn this the hard way. One had redundant data centers with redundant servers. When their ops staff started a non-interuptable data management utilty(that required exclusive access), they were amazed it was occuring in both sites.

Recovery just wait, it might finish in another day. Postmortem, never tried that before.

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And don't forget one of the main principles of IT. You can back up all you want, but if you don't test the restore process you don't really have a backup.
This is one of the reasons I include a simple copy of key folders as a backup too. This assumes one's key data folders are not too large. And vacation pictures don't change that often so they don't need to be refreshed too much.

After all, even if one restores once to test the backup strategy one cannot guarantee the future restores will succeed. Yes, most likely it will work on any specific date but it is not impossible for there to be a glitch.
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After all, even if one restores once to test the backup strategy one cannot guarantee the future restores will succeed. Yes, most likely it will work on any specific date but it is not impossible for there to be a glitch.
And if you a complicated backup strategy, it's even more difficult to test/verify. Other things are stuff like proprietary formats of the backup files and the vendor decides not to support the product anymore leaving you with a backup you can't use. That's one reason I like simple file syncing ( copying )for just simple data files.
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