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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 04, 2010 05:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A few weeks ago we had a nasty storm. Casa del Druid recieved some minor damage, and the hail shredded our vegetable garden, but nothing too serious.

Unit I tried to do a backup.

The external drive I use for backups was totally dead, I'm assuming it got fried by a power surge.

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No great loss, it's a backup drive, the main PC drive was still fine.

So, I went out and bought myself a nice little WD MyBook USB drive, 1500 GB, about 11 cents a gig. It comes with SmartWare, a Time Machine wannabe for PCs, not nearly as easy to use, but it does more or less the same thing, sits in the background, backing up your files automagically. or so I thought.

I stumbled upon this WD knowledgebase article which lists all the stuff that doesn't get backed up, there's a hell of a lot of it, and they don't tell you this in the manual.

What gets put on the external disk after passing through that filter could not reasonably be described as a backup.

The only thing worse than not having a backup, is not having a backup and thinking you do. Anyone relying on this crap software for their backups is in for a nasty shock.

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Icon 1 posted April 04, 2010 06:28      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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____ My stupid method is just copy the entire HD to the external drive then sort later. Yes I get copies of stuff I did not want or need but I get it all.

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Icon 1 posted April 04, 2010 06:57      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
My stupid method is just copy the entire HD to the external drive then sort later. Yes I get copies of stuff I did not want or need but I get it all.

I've got a couple of batch files I run that just run windows backup with a pre-packaged config file. One does a full backup of everything, and the other backs up everything that's changed since the last full backup.

I do a full backup once a month, and I tell myself I'll do a partial backup at least once a week, but that doesn't always happen, hence the appeal of something like time machine that backs stuff up automagically. But if it won't back up everything, it's useless to me.

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The Famous Druid wrote
I stumbled upon this WD knowledgebase article which lists all the stuff that doesn't get backed up, there's a hell of a lot of it, and they don't tell you this in the manual.

What gets put on the external disk after passing through that filter could not reasonably be described as a backup.


The WD software is geared toward consumers who buy a new computer instead of fixing the old one. Most users can handle installing software and restoring data on a new system, but little else, so WD's software leaves out programs since they'll probably have to be reinstalled anyway as well as anything that could break the OS on the new system.

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Whatever you do, avoid the 'SmartWare' versions of the MyBook that feature encryption with a virtual CD gizmo. I'm a big fan of WD drives, but I've seen one of these things, and it's a real pain - it forces the installation of a driver to use it on Windows...which isn't actually required, but if you don't install it, you'll be nagged every time you plug it in. If you use the encryption feature and forget your password...don't even think of trying to use the drive - you can't!

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Whatever you do, avoid the 'SmartWare' versions of the MyBook that have feature encryption with a virtual CD gizmo.

Yup, that's the one I've got.

In theory, you can disable encryption and the virtual CD gizmo, and just have a plain old external drive, but you need to install the drivers to disable the virtual CD, then uninstall the drivers again, very silly. Now that I've given up on using their backup software, that's probably what I'll do today.

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