Redundancy: the backups of your backups

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Seamus Byrne is the Editor of CNET Australia. At other times he'll be found messing with apps, watching TV, building LEGO, and rolling dice. Usually at the same time.

If you really want to sleep easy, the ultimate backup solution includes backups for your backups.

The first steps in getting properly backed up are the big ones. Getting a real backup in place, making it happen automatically and making sure it works. All the keys to a happy and successful backup recipe.

Once you're well in order, there's one more step you can take to really rest easy and that's setting up additional redundancy — basically a backup for your backup!

I have a personal example — my family photo archives. I never want to feel the pain of losing my digital memories, so I run multiple backups.

I have a local archive on my main computer, which is automatically backed up to network-attached storage in my home. That backup is then further backed up to the cloud using a tool called Jungle Disk, which sends it all to Amazon S3. I also have a live accessible online backup that lives at SmugMug, which lets me share photos with friends online while also acting as a full backup of my local archives. And I've even got the extra security that SmugMug runs its own backups.

Overall, that's a count of four full backups of my photos — not including my main archive (because remember, an archive is not a backup).

Once you have that kind of redundant backup in place and know your digital life is incredibly safe from loss, you'll sleep better than you ever have before.



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