Backing up

beep beep beep

No, not the kind of backing up that one might do in a vehicle of some description.

Backing up your data.

I was having a twitter conversation with Nutty Cow who was asking stuff about backing up, when it struck me that I haven’t backed anything up for a week.


So now I am sitting here whilst my backing up routines run, erm, in the background.

Here’s how it goes in my world; every week I backup every file on this laptop and Sophie’s laptop on to a 1TB external disk drive (EDD).

And then I do it all again on to my standby 1TB EDD.

Then I log on to my web hosting account and trigger a backup all of the MySQL databases behind my various web-properties and I copy these backups on to my laptop and both of my EDDs.

Then I log on to my various web-properties and FTP a copy of every set of the htm/html, php and WordPress files on to laptop and both of my EDDs.

Why do I go to so much trouble?

I had a disk failure, once.

Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Backing up

  1. S Le says:

    That’s quite a lot of backing up. Hope you don’t slam into anything!

  2. Allister says:

    My host provides an easy ‘one shot’ backup-everything function. Which is to say the ‘home directory’ of my hosting space. FTP is soooo inefficient at grabbing lots of small files. I have about 800Mb across 15 domains (wow!) and I log in, click a few times and get a single 500Mb .tar.gz file which then goes onto various disks. On a good day I can download that in 20 minutes.

  3. nuttycow says:

    Seriously. That’s far too much work. I was just thinking about putting all my photos somewhere safe :S

  4. Ash says:


  5. Jo says:

    I ordered a 500GB external hard drive on Sunday from Amazon for £54.99. I haven’t backed up my laptop since I got it in 2006…

    It’s going to be a looonnngg day tomorrow 😀

  6. Perpetual says:

    Jo, I can see Bren trembling about that lack of backing up from here! 😀