Who DOESN'T Back-Up?

Backing-Up

  • Of Course!

    Votes: 23 65.7%
  • Why Should I?

    Votes: 12 34.3%

  • Total voters
    35

bembol

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jul 29, 2006
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I've never backed-up anything, even during Windows/DELL back in the day. I never had any issues/reason too *knock-on-wood* especially, now that I switched to Apple (been almost two years).

The only reason I want to buy an External HDD is for my 802.11n AirPort Extreme. :apple:
 

alexprice

macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2005
624
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I backup everything to keep onto DVD's and CD's.

I only do this as once I lost all my data.

I learned the hard way.

But feel good now I'm saving my important stuff.

Bring on TimeMachine!!!
 

maddav

macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2004
390
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Manchester, UK
I don't back-up per se, the only stuff I "back-up" is stuff I don't use on a frequent basis and only need to refer to once every month or so.

That said due to a recent hardware fault (New PSU, inverter and logic board needed) with my iMac I've decided to invest in an external HDD ;)
 

Kaiser Phoenix

macrumors 6502
May 12, 2005
359
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London
Just back everything up. ALl those photos, they will NEVER come back, you cant go back in time. Precious moments and memories, just back them up!
 

apfhex

macrumors 68030
Aug 8, 2006
2,670
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Northern California
I never had any issues/reason too *knock-on-wood* especially, now that I switched to Apple (been almost two years).
There's no such thing as "no reason to". :) It absolutely doesn't matter what hardware you use or how often you use it. There's always a chance your HDD will suddenly fail, or if not, there are plenty of other accidents that can occur. Now if you don't have any important personal data on the computer (photos especially) it may not matter, but most of us do, and there's no way to get that stuff back.
 

sushi

Moderator emeritus
Jul 19, 2002
15,658
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I backup everything to keep onto DVD's and CD's.

I only do this as once I lost all my data.

I learned the hard way.
Most folks learn the hard way, then they start backing up regularly.

To the OP, those who think that it will never happen are fine until it does. After you loose keepsake type pictures and other items of value, you will wish that you had. I would suggest that you consider backing up your personal files such as photos soon. External HDs are cheap. So are blank CDs/DVDs.
 

socamx

macrumors 6502
Oct 7, 2004
334
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My brother never backed up anything, his hard drive just died a few days ago. 2.5 days of iTunes music gone, tons of other personal files, gone. Hard drive itself is toast and restore companies are estimating between $800 and $2400 to recover the data.

So what makes more economical sense? Buying a external HD for backing up for $100 (and get peace of mind knowing you will always have a back up for that rare chance something might go wrong) or an expensive $800 to $2400 for recovery if something does go wrong?

Better to be prepared than not.
 

pknz

macrumors 68020
Mar 22, 2005
2,479
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NZ
Just back everything up. ALl those photos, they will NEVER come back, you cant go back in time. Precious moments and memories, just back them up!
Well, if we had a Time Machine...

I don't backup regularly, previously to losing all my documents I backed up even less and paid the price.

I plan to with Time Machine in Leopard.
 

-kritter-

macrumors regular
Mar 8, 2007
155
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Idaho
in fact im cloning my mac's HD right now...i have my music backed up on 2 different harddrives, and all of my beatles on an additional USB stick... loosing my music is my greatest fear...
 

sushi

Moderator emeritus
Jul 19, 2002
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My brother never backed up anything, his hard drive just died a few days ago. 2.5 days of iTunes music gone, tons of other personal files, gone. Hard drive itself is toast and restore companies are estimating between $800 and $2400 to recover the data.
Please note, that if your HD really crashes where the heads make contact with the platters, chances are they will not recover much.

If on the other hand, the HD motor goes out, then your chances of recover are much greater.