March 31 is World Backup Day. Just like chocolate on Valentine’s, this Hallmark holiday calls for a links roundup:
- The Bare Minimum: Do you have a backup plan? Nice overview from Profhacker of the popular online backup solutions.
- Thorough: Lifehacker’s 2011 backup day post lists the options for desktops, online services like Gmail, and iPhone and Android handheld devices.
- Extra Credit/OCD: All of Profhacker’s Backup posts, including how to backup Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Extra Credit/OCD: All of Lifehacker’s Backup Utility posts. Most recent post is in the body of the page while the previous posts are listed in the right sidebar.
Honestly, I have no sympathy for people who lose work due to not being backed up. Given the abundance of free and affordable options available, we should all be backed up pretty much continuously. I think manual backups are a thing of the past.
I bought a 10-seat CrashPlan Pro to keep the research-related bits of my group’s laptops backed up all the time, both on and off campus in case of major tragedy and I’ve been very pleased. (Does anybody know CrashPlan’s current education pricing structure?) Once set up, it runs in the background and, unlike Time Machine, I never notice it. Due to a mishap on my couch involving coffee, I’ve restored from CrashPlan to a spare computer while my laptop was in the shop and it was intuitive and seamless. I use Dropbox for accessing old versions of my day-to-day documents. I don’t stress about backing up Google (e.g., Gmail, Docs) or iCloud (e.g., iCal, Address Book) products; I consider them too big to fail.
What’s your backup strategy?