Periodically Reviewing Which Files you Backup
It's not good enough just to regularly backup your files, you ALSO have to double check that the crucial files are being saved. You do this by periodically retrieving your backed-up files and checking all is well.
I use a backup script to automatically zip up my important files, I found that this wasn't up to date as several files had changed location or name in between times. Remember the shock horror and disappointment you will feel if you need to recover files from a backup only to find they are corrupt, missing, or out of date is equivalent or worse than finding that your car's spare wheel is flat on a rainy night on a deserted road.
Backing up files is such a thankless task that it is easy to skip or say I'll do that when I get a spare moment. The weak part of backup systems is when they require human intervention, that's why I use a totally automatic Internet backup service
. This back's up about 2 GB of my files at 3am every morning. Mozy
provide the service which is free up to 2GB, you can learn more about this service here
. Internet backup also solves the proble of ensuring that your backup media say DVDs are off the premises!
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