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  • Computers + Stupidity = Catastrophe

    We all hear about the importance of periodically backing up your hard drive. Sure a few of us even learned the hard way.

    Well I learned the hard way with my USB stick. I was writing the Magico S5 review at home and in my spare moments at work and that USB sure seemed a great way of carrying the file back and forth. That is, if you back up your file on your hard drive and stupidly I didn't.

    So Thursday I have an hour break at work and decide to put the finishing touches on the article. Insert the USB stick into my work computer and for some reason can't find my file. Remove the stick, reinsert and disaster strikes. That dreaded "format your stick" error message appears on the screen. Try and couple of times in a couple of different computers but no dice. By this point I am cursing but there's nothing I can do until later. Finish work at 1 PM and take the USB stick to my computer tech. He looks at the stick and says it will cost you $300 to recover the files. Hell no. Try a couple of software packages and no luck in retrieving the information off the stick. Luckily I had a hard copy--albeit it a couple of generations removed from where I was--to go back to. Better than starting from scratch though. So spent an hour or two retyping the 3000 word piece today and then have been re-editing again. Sadly though, there were other partially written reviews on that stick too without any hard copy that are now history.

    Moral of story: backup everything.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
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  • #2
    I send generations of my work-in-progress as attachments to a one of my yahoo email boxes. And make backups locally, of course.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tima View Post
      I send generations of my work-in-progress as attachments to a one of my yahoo email boxes. And make backups locally, of course.
      Another great suggestion that I will now do too.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
      -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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      • #4
        I keep all my PF files in a Dropbox account. automatically saves everything to the HD of every PC I have linked to it, and saves it in my Dropbox account. Everything is backed up and available from any computer where I can log in to Dropbox. 2.5 GB are free. My wife has a pro account (1 TB for $99 year).
        Steve Lefkowicz
        Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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      • #5
        It can get worse we have 7 computers at work we back up to disks end of each week with daily back ups to hard drives . We went thru a period of break ins where the computers were all stolen. They broke in thru a window and exited out the front door as the door self closes it caught the mice trailing behind they were lined up with their tails snapped off. Takes a day to buy new computers then the back ups then input several days work plus the work from the day you lost setting up.

        New glass that you can not break with a hammer and they tried they hit it 20 or 30 times made a hole about the size of a hammer head in the first layer nevr broke the second pain. Roll down security doors for the main display windows.

        Security alarm was of no use it worked but police time is so slow they are long gone. I have never had a camera system that maybe next or move next to a donut shop.

        Lot of our info is cad files so big files to redo or back up we back up to disk and store off site. it is a pain but make it a planned time and date like every day or every Friday and it is a bit better.

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        • #6
          Myles,

          use a service like Google Docs or any of the cloud based file storage places. All your work is packed up all the time. Unless you start using it for pictures you can't opt for free or cheapest level as text files aren't that big.
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          • #7
            Sorry to hear about this, I've been there with my wife's business. Best way to handle it IMO is with a subscription cloud saving service. Carbonite is good. Save to any drive on your device and it gets duplicated on the cloud automatically. Less than $100/year for subscription.

            Any other method relies on your discipline.
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            • MylesBAstor
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              MylesBAstor commented
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              Thanks! Just with my crazy schedule, try and get writing done whenever get a break in the day. 😎 Good idea.

          • #8
            Originally posted by Beaur View Post
            Myles,

            use a service like Google Docs or any of the cloud based file storage places. All your work is packed up all the time. Unless you start using it for pictures you can't opt for free or cheapest level as text files aren't that big.
            Thanks still am wondering why Word is not cloud based. Know they have One Note that is similar to Dropbox but not the same.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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            • #9
              Originally posted by Garth View Post
              It can get worse we have 7 computers at work we back up to disks end of each week with daily back ups to hard drives . We went thru a period of break ins where the computers were all stolen. They broke in thru a window and exited out the front door as the door self closes it caught the mice trailing behind they were lined up with their tails snapped off. Takes a day to buy new computers then the back ups then input several days work plus the work from the day you lost setting up.

              New glass that you can not break with a hammer and they tried they hit it 20 or 30 times made a hole about the size of a hammer head in the first layer nevr broke the second pain. Roll down security doors for the main display windows.

              Security alarm was of no use it worked but police time is so slow they are long gone. I have never had a camera system that maybe next or move next to a donut shop.

              Lot of our info is cad files so big files to redo or back up we back up to disk and store off site. it is a pain but make it a planned time and date like every day or every Friday and it is a bit better.
              Now that's funny!
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              • #10
                You would think that you only had to experience a loss like that once, and it would never happen again. But you would be wrong. We are creatures of habit, and if you don;t make a habit of backing up every time you sit down at the computer and add something to it, then you will probably get lax again.

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                  Thanks still am wondering why Word is not cloud based. Know they have One Note that is similar to Dropbox but not the same.
                  Myles,

                  They do have a cloud based service. It's $99/year and you get the Office suite with all updates and storage. It's called Office365, at least on the Mac.
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                  2. Schick 12"
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                  PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
                  CD: Wadia 860x
                  Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
                  DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
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                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor
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                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Hmmmm....that's what I had. I just checked and have Office 365 Personal. Will have to do more investigation.

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor
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                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    OK it does. One Note/One Drive as I mentioned before. But seems you have to drag file to One Note to save to cloud. Not say automatically like happens with dropbox. At least sometimes.

                • #12
                  It isn't just written copy, backup applies to music servers too. I use a powered 2TB hard drive with my Bluesound server. Sure, the CDs are packed away but if the Bluesound fails I really don't want to reload all of that music.
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                  • #13
                    I won a contest at PFO and got a bunch of DSD albums from Acoustic Sounds which all went to the bit bucket in the sky when my hard disk crashed. Now I have a usb hard disk for backup but my enthusiasm for computer audio has never really recovered.

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                    • #14
                      Originally posted by Mortsnets View Post
                      I won a contest at PFO and got a bunch of DSD albums from Acoustic Sounds which all went to the bit bucket in the sky when my hard disk crashed. Now I have a usb hard disk for backup but my enthusiasm for computer audio has never really recovered.
                      Just remember that a single drive USB "backup" is only putting off the inevitable loss off data, as all hard drives eventually fail. I have to deal with this at work all the time ( I support computer based laser retinal scanners) where doctors are too cheap to put a proper RAID 5, 6 or 10 array in for backup. Had a doc lose 13 years of patient data (and a 195,000 records) recently because his cheap $60 USB backup crashed. At least use a dual disk RAID 1 mirrored backup.
                      Steve Lefkowicz
                      Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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                      Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
                      Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
                      Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
                      Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
                      Speaker cables: WyWyres Diamond, Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
                      Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
                      Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                      Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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                        Good points. My local backup is a 1T mirrored array. The trick is the mirroring. Write to both disks, if one fails plug in a new one and everything is automatically replicated. Or buy 3 disk and rotate them; no real work involved and a recent backup is kept offline..

                        Once you suffer a crash you'll start backing up. Why wait until then

                    • #15
                      Originally posted by Steve Lefkowicz View Post

                      Just remember that a single drive USB "backup" is only putting off the inevitable loss off data, as all hard drives eventually fail. I have to deal with this at work all the time ( I support computer based laser retinal scanners) where doctors are too cheap to put a proper RAID 5, 6 or 10 array in for backup. Had a doc lose 13 years of patient data (and a 195,000 records) recently because his cheap $60 USB backup crashed. At least use a dual disk RAID 1 mirrored backup.
                      with all the years doctors put in at school, don't they teach them anything about computers and recordkeeping?
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