It’s all very well having a 10Tb external backup device but if you’re not using it, it’s not protecting your data.
This was the case for a client of ours who called in desperation when her external 1Tb USB portable (laptop) drive stopped mounting.
She was using this external drive to save all her documents because she had been told that saving things on her laptop itself would slow it down!
Furthermore her Time Machine had not been setup to backup these documents automatically to her 10Tb Firewire backup drive and instead she had to remember to do this manually; which of course she hadn’t!
Luckily for her we were able to recover the drive with Disk Utility and she was able to rescue her valuable files.
Here are a few backup rules to remember …
- If you backup files to an external device then delete the files from your computer, the external device is no longer a backup as this is the only place the files exist and you do not have a backup!
- If you do not have an automatic backup solution that works, you are only as protected as your last manual backup!
- Do not eject your external backup device without safely removing it, you will eventually damage the device!