Backup versus synchronisation

Posted: 01-24-2009, 10:29 PM
I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling) is
preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows simultaneous
updates of files in various media such as internal and external HDD's,Flash
Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone had experience of both?--
Bridgeman

Backup versus synchronisation


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Shenan Stanley
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Re: Backup versus synchronisation
Posted: 01-24-2009, 10:56 PM
Bridgeman wrote:
> I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling)
> is preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows
> simultaneous updates of files in various media such as internal and
> external HDD's,Flash Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone
> had experience of both?
Doesn't matter on experience - matters on need (whether you want to use
instant synch vs periodic backup.)

What is *your* need?

With an instant synch - if you change something you did not intend to and
save it - it's synched everywhere. That includes (unless you configure it
not to) deletion. So - if you want the old file back and instanat synch is
your 'disaster recovery plan' - you'll likely start to reconsider your plan.

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Re: Backup versus synchronisation
Posted: 01-24-2009, 11:26 PM
The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 2:56:18 PM, and on a
whim, Shenan Stanley pounded out on the keyboard:
> Bridgeman wrote:
>> I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling)
>> is preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows
>> simultaneous updates of files in various media such as internal and
>> external HDD's,Flash Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone
>> had experience of both?
>
> Doesn't matter on experience - matters on need (whether you want to use
> instant synch vs periodic backup.)
>
> What is *your* need?
>
> With an instant synch - if you change something you did not intend to and
> save it - it's synched everywhere. That includes (unless you configure it
> not to) deletion. So - if you want the old file back and instanat synch is
> your 'disaster recovery plan' - you'll likely start to reconsider your plan.
>
Most good sync programs offer multiple versions if they're worth their
salt, to prevent hosing ones only copy.


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Re: Backup versus synchronisation
Posted: 01-25-2009, 12:47 AM
I use a sync app for an external backup data drive, but the I also use a
third party Imageing app, and a backup app to other completely seperate
media, also have mirror drives for data
But then my business depends on data, and in many years have yet to lose any
data, no matter what happens to my PC
Never used the default win backup tool

"Bridgeman" <Bridge@somewhere.nz> wrote in message
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> I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling) is
> preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows simultaneous
> updates of files in various media such as internal and external
> HDD's,Flash
> Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone had experience of both?--
> Bridgeman

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Re: Backup versus synchronisation
Posted: 01-25-2009, 12:57 AM
Bridgeman wrote:
> I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling)
> is preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows
> simultaneous updates of files in various media such as internal and
> external HDD's,Flash Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone
> had experience of both?
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> use instant synch vs periodic backup.)
>
> What is *your* need?
>
> With an instant synch - if you change something you did not intend
> to and save it - it's synched everywhere. That includes (unless
> you configure it not to) deletion. So - if you want the old file
> back and instanat synch is your 'disaster recovery plan' - you'll
> likely start to reconsider your plan.
Terry R. wrote:
> Most good sync programs offer multiple versions if they're worth
> their salt, to prevent hosing ones only copy.
While probably true - I'd personally prefer a good weekly backup with
nightly differentials (to external mediums like USB/network drives) combined
with an application like UnDelete for the history and instantaneous (and
even some long-term) 'oops' control.

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Re: Backup versus synchronisation
Posted: 01-25-2009, 07:41 AM
The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 4:57:22 PM, and on a
whim, Shenan Stanley pounded out on the keyboard:
> Bridgeman wrote:
>> I'm interested in your views about whether backup (and scheduling)
>> is preferable to using a product like GoodSync, which allows
>> simultaneous updates of files in various media such as internal and
>> external HDD's,Flash Drives and network servers etc. Has anyone
>> had experience of both?
>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
>> use instant synch vs periodic backup.)
>>
>> What is *your* need?
>>
>> With an instant synch - if you change something you did not intend
>> to and save it - it's synched everywhere. That includes (unless
>> you configure it not to) deletion. So - if you want the old file
>> back and instanat synch is your 'disaster recovery plan' - you'll
>> likely start to reconsider your plan.
>
> Terry R. wrote:
>> Most good sync programs offer multiple versions if they're worth
>> their salt, to prevent hosing ones only copy.
>
> While probably true - I'd personally prefer a good weekly backup with
> nightly differentials (to external mediums like USB/network drives) combined
> with an application like UnDelete for the history and instantaneous (and
> even some long-term) 'oops' control.
>
A sync program can be useful to those that need version control and
instant backup. For others, a daily backup is fine. I personally feel
that everyone should back up data on a daily basis (differential or
incremental, whichever fits the need), and full backups at least once
per month.

I back up my OS drives once per month, along with the programs drive.
Data is backed up at the end of each day, so if I screw up and save over
a needed file, I can restore from the local backup drive. That has
worked well.


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