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The Road to Ubuntu: Backup Hell

Oct 24, 2007, 08:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Turner)

"My journey from XP to Ubuntu has stalled as I fight with Gutsy Gibbon to recreate my file backup regime under Linux.

"I'm very anal when it comes to data backups. Under XP, I use Handy Backup to automate a series of backup tasks. As a wordsmith I work with text files, using NoteTab Pro, which keeps file sizes down and is cross-platform friendly. I keep the all the text files I'm currently working on in the one folder, which is backed up to a 1GB SD card in a card reader in the PC Card slot of my ThinkPad T60. I autosave and back up these files to the SD card every 10 minutes, and keep a few days worth. This means I only lose a few minutes work if my hard drive fails (which has already happened to my ThinkPad once). If I've got a deadline looming I can just pull out the SD card, move to another computer, keep working and worry about the failed hard drive later..."

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