Request for help from the Geek community.
Last year, I lost about 6 months' worth of photos and other stuff when the hard drive of my little Acer netbook died on me. I had a lot of help and offers of assistance from readers here, and I thank you for that (you know who you are). However, when I weighed up the material lost (none of it world-shatteringly important) and the hassle and expense of retrieving it (proportionately large), I decided to go with the flow, accept my fate, give in to karma, and forget about the damn thing.
I started using the old Medion (Lidl special) laptop that I had retired when I got the netbook, and that served for a while, but then that one started getting a bit flaky, so I decided to push the boat out and get a new one. Hey presto, one Toshiba laptop from the bargain basement at Curry's*. It's, er, OK.
I had managed to back everything from the Medion onto a 640GB external drive which was, even without the missing six months, quite a bit of stuff. And after a lot of messing about (Windows Backup doesn't like you changing computers, apparently, and treated me as an impostor), I backed all that up onto the new Tosh. Then, as if by magic, the external drive started clicking and whirring, and the next day it was unreadable. But I have all the files, thank your deity of choice.
So I now have a working lapdog, and I have just bought a Western Digital 2TB external drive. Everything from the Tosh is safely backed up onto that using the Win7 inbuilt backup software, and I can relax - for the moment. But now I am thinking - what if the WD drive gives it all up? I'm wondering if I might get another WD drive and alternate backups, so that at least one is always almost-current. Or keep backing up to WD1 (as it were) and have a routine of copying everything from WD1 to WD2, say weekly?
Then it occurred to me that someone who reads this blog - either of you would do - would surely have a better idea. Better backup software (although the built-in Windows program is very easy to use, a key thing for me), and perhaps a better system of using two external drives?
How do you do it, O men and women of the interwebs?
* Actually Currys, but I couldn't bear to write that. Hang on, I just did.