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Hard Drive Crash / Recovery

27-Feb-05 09:29 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Losing a hard drive is becomming all to common an affair to deal with.  It’s now about a week and a bit since the latest episode – and yes, I lost pretty much everything – and I’m still restoring applications & files.  But I’ve been losing drives at a rate of about 1 every 2 years.  At first I thought myself horribly unlucky (with drives, exceptionally so).  But after talking to a few people – I get the sense I’m one in a growing number of storage-challenged.

Most hilarious of all was the chorus of "don’t you use bakcups?"  "Why yes!  Why didn’t I think of that?" would by my typical sarcastic retort.  The thing is, there’s just no way a poor, underappreciated genius like me could possibly afford a RAID-5 storage array.  And other backup solutions have now become impractical because hard drives are pretty cheap these days – may as just well buy another one, right?

But if you don’t allocate space exclsively for backups – it can disappear on you when it’s least convenient (not that it ever will be).  And then there’s the question of where to put it.  Some of my sutff is cross-backed up on other drives (i.e. file a, stored on drive b, file b on drive a, etc.)  But at some point, it seems inevitably even with this appraoch loss is impossible.

Off site tape maybe?  Wonder if that’s cheaper than RAID-5 after all is said and done…

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