You’re backing up, aren’t you?

Just as a quick aside from all the elearning info being passed around, a gentle reminder to review your backup policy and make sure it is fit for purpose. Until yesterday morning I thought my own was fairly robust but that was mercilessly proven untrue upon discovery of a corrupt project file. The big takeaway is that:

Backups of corrupt data are more corrupt data!

Because I hadn’t opened the file in over two weeks, during that time it had been automatically backup up in several locations, overwriting the good copy. So I had 6 totally useless copies of the same file and nothing but remorse.

My incremental backup was set for 10 days, fine if I suffer a complete system failure or some other dramatic, noticeable event but I certainly don’t open all my various files every 10 days. This is what caught me out yesterday. For important but not frequently accessed work I should have had a- a known good copy that wasn’t touched and b- much longer file history.

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