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Ok. You have data. They are known to you as pictures, videos, and other media file types. this is your most valued data! this data for all intents and purposes is your mission critical assets. Your client’s most cherished moments are sitting on your hard drive. What if the unthinkable happens?!
Later, I will talk about the Three Most Important Rules for Safe Computing! But today I want to talk about the actual items that I feel good recommending to my friends and family when it comes to backing up important data. This is a very important aspect to your life. You can liken this to running up a bunch of debt, forgoing any type of life insurance and leaving your loved ones high and dry, holding the bag, in a bit of a pinch (insert favorite trite phrase here). Backup solutions are your life insurance policy! And so, as with life insurance you want to make sure you have everything covered, and covered good.
Main Backup: drobo™
Here is the first ever ‘backup robot’! The thing with hard drives is this: they will fail (and most likely sooner than you might expect). Drobo is an external hard disk array module that allows multiple hard drives to be used as one big one! This little guy is awesome! Drobo utilizes the revolutionary ‘BeyondRAID’ storage technology that protects data against a hard disk crash, yet is simple enough for anyone to use. As long as you have more than a single disk in Drobo, all data on Drobo is safe no matter which hard disk fails. There’s no need to worry about anything else. As the amount of your important, mission critical data grows, your storage solution expands too. Drobo holds up to four hard drives, and can expand at any time and supports up to 16TB on a single volume as disk sizes increase (read: a metric ton of data). Choose how big you want your Drobo to be with any combination of drive capacities. Unlike other storage solutions, Drobo allows you to purchase as much or as little storage as you like up front. Since you can expand at any time, Drobo is the right solution for your budget.
Insofar as Drobo is some absolute awesome sauce, at some point you realize that your backup and your working hard drive(s) are in the same location. This ladies and gentlemen, is a problem. Murphy’s Law states that a meteor will hit your house at the moment you and your family decide to take an after dinner stroll through the local park. And subsequently destroy both the original and the backup at the same time. This is a bad day; beyond all the other obvious implications you just lost your entire data set. Seriously, change your name and move to another country; start over!
Set up an off-site storage solution. The one that we use is the G-Drive MINI. We will backup the Drobo onto this bad boy down below and take it down to a safe deposit box. That way we are ensuring the security of our data from the unthinkable happening! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or send an email!