Pages tagged with 'Backups'


USB off-site backup

Today is world backup day, a day to highlight the importance of backups, protecting data, and keeping systems secure (at least that's what Wikipedia says). I'm taking this day as a chance to review my backup strategy, and make sure I'm happy with the coverage I'm getting. I mentioned a…


Power cut precautions

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Last night, the sky was filled with thunderstorms. For a few hours, there was some of the loudest thunder and brightest lightning I’d ever seen. At the time, this was quite interesting, and nicely helped cool down the air too. This morning however, less fun. Shortly after 07:30, my monitoring…

You kept that piece. It’s still yours, and I’m glad.

Sure I miss it (or you?) but look what shows through!

Still intact, covered (more beautiful?”) — I’d be as I was. Perish that thought…

It’s so much better beneath.

How I lost some data

6 minutes

It’s something no one wants to see: You open up an important file, and are met with very different content to what you’re expecting. This weekend, that happened to me. Losing data is terrible, no matter what it is. To a bit of a perfectionist like me any loss of…

The inside of a hard drive is exposed.

Backing up databases

4 minutes

Lots of applications use databases to store data. It’s a fast and efficient way to store data, whilst also providing features like searching and integrity checks. Password manager, file storage, media library, RSS reader, almost everything will use some form of database. However, backing them up isn’t quite as simple…

HDD harddisk drive storage backup tool hardware

Backup Strategy 2021

8 minutes

Backups are critical to any systems longevity and reliability. If you’re not backing up your data, stop reading this now, go do it, then come back… Assuming none of you suddenly panicked and left, let’s keep going. You can keep telling yourself otherwise, but eventually, every system will experience some…

Freight Containers on a Ship

Backing up and restoring Docker containers

You should back up your data, properly! If you’re not, you’re playing a dangerous game with fate. Computers are pretty reliable, but they also go wrong, often. You should always backup your files, but backing up a containerized application isn’t quite as simple. A container is 3 things:ConfigurationVolumesNetworking The point…

HDD harddisk drive storage backup tool hardware

Remote to remote backups with Duplicati

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Duplicati is one of my favourite backup system. It’s pretty fast, supports numerous backup sources, and has a nice configuration web UI. Unfortunately however, it can’t be used to back up remote files. In fact, I can’t find a nice fully-features backup solution which does do this, which sucks. Another…