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Subject:  Re: Computer Crash - Need Links Date:  1/23/2019  2:32 PM
Author:  FLARAM Number:  273190 of 279339

Backups oops! I was under the impression that I was automatically backing up weekly but this thread
made me do a check. Turns out the backup software was pointing to the incorrect nonexistent disk
location. I was 3 month behind, pays to check over your automated computer tasks occasionally.

I never found floppy disks to be reliable enough to use.

As one who designed tape, hard and floppy disks and memory systems back in the days of floppies there
were reliable options available but not in most low cost consumer versions. Tested old tapes and disks
with known errors including missing magnetic material on our and competitor products. There was a
dramatic difference between the performance of systems but the cheapest at any performance level
was the one that sold the most in the consumer marketplace.

Still using tape for backup! You can't buy a reasonably priced external tape drive with media anymore.
A 2 TB external disk is only ~ $60 is only 4.5x3x0.4 inches roughly the size of a tape cassette and has the
advantage of random access if only a selected file is corrupted or accidently deleted. I gave replaced my
last tape backup 10 year ago. But if your tape is still doing the job get as much life out of it as you can.

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