Backing up

Hullo, friends across the computer world. Does anyone have any good advice on backing up a computer (or, rather, two computers, one a Mac, one a big PC)? I’ve been looking into a few programs — there’s something called Acronis True Image 8.0 that apparently copies all of the contents of a hard drive on to CDs or what have you, and it’s rated highly by CNET.com… but having the whole thing backed up on disc wouldn’t help in case of my worst fear, which is the destruction of my apartment (fire, flood, tornado, lightning bolt from God, etc.). Of course, there’s always the idea of burning everything and then keeping it somewhere else, but what I’m really wondering is whether any specific methods of backing-up are better than others. Thus, I ask you all.

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Obviously, I should be studying for tomorrow’s final right now.

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3 Responses to Backing up

  1. simplelyric says:

    Heh. Let me know if you learn anything helpful.

    For the record, I’ve tried a few times to do what does, privately posting fic. The majority of those times, though, LJ managed to eat at least part of the entry. So, I don’t particularly recommend it as a primary back-up (heh, oxymoron) method. ::shrugs::

  2. kepkanation says:

    I’ve had pretty good luck with the LJ method so far, but I’ve also been backing up on CD. I need to figure out something else, too, I think — my big fear is some kind of fire or storm damage that would ruin not only the computer but the backup CD sitting next to it, too.

    I think the only useful thing I’ve learned recently is that it’s good to form some kind of backup habit, so that it’s automatic — maybe tying it to an event, like, Oh, it’s Monday night and [x] show is on, it’s time for me to back up my computer.

  3. simplelyric says:

    ::nodding:: All of that makes sense.

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