effective working reasonable
real backup solutions.
Just ran across this, Backing Up Gets You Only Half Way There by Dana Cardwell
, and I'm pretty close to full agreement - just don't think he went far enough
The assessment mirrors a problem I just encountered. I had some browser-affecting bit(s) of software on a system that brought up independent ads for almost every page I actuated. Browser - and system - slowdowns were significant. Tried all manner of suggestions - some of 'em here on DC
, all to no avail. So I used RollbackPC to revert to a [very] much earlier state. That worked. Aha!, sez me, "I'll just restore the lost data bits from a recent [daily] backup".
Considering my history with backups, the backup restore - not unexpectedly! - failed. So, I've lost a pregnancy (~nine (9) months) of data, some of which I'd consider to be critical to my usage(s).
I've had trouble with backup since DOS 2.1 - I think 3.2 was the only one (1) that ever worked for me. I've tried - and actually bought - any number of Windows backup systems, but none have performed. (Don't get cocky, Linux users, same problem(s) there
OK, how do ya test a backup? Ya restore it, of course. And that has caused more OS reinstalls than I care to consider. I'm willing to accept that I'm doing something wrong at any given time, but c'mon, ~28 (twenty-eight) years of failed backups? I'm willing to accept that the only common denominator is me
during that period, but I don't thimk I could do it wrong that
So I'm still/yet/again in search of a backup system that will work reliably in most all conditions.
I used Acronis True Image - don't recall version - to backup a Dell system with a dying hard drive. The restore would not restore to a different hard drive
- hardware signature issues I suppose. I understand that Acronis has since addressed that issue, but it doesn't help me now.
I've tried several *nix variations of backup capability, all for naught.
So. I'd really like to find a [functional|effective] backup resolution.