Show #51–Home Tech Podcast Host

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Host Mike Howard, Tim Kemperle and Kathleen Bowie are joined by Jim Collison, Christian Johnson Kevin Schoonover from  The Average Guy Podcast.  The goal for the show, find the perfect backup solution for Kathleen.  Did we succeed, you have to watch or listen to find out!


DROBO – backup storage solution…the giveaway DROBO will hold up to five drives and allow for one or two drive failure without any storage loss.

Entry has now closed for the Drobo giveaway


  • Guest on the show today from The Average Guy TV / Home Tech podcast – goal is to help people with tech problems and help Kat find a backup solution.
  • We are trying to convince Kathleen to get a strong backup solution. 
    • Backup Solutions
      • Mediasonic – 4 Bay Raid storage
      • Drobo S – 5 bay storage utilizing beyondRAID, has the ability to grow up to 16TB
      • HP Proliant MicroServer
      • Crashplan – option to install a computer at a friends home and backup your data to the computer offsite
      • Smugmug & Flickr – Cloud backup solutions, in the event the storage onsite is lost you have data offsite
  • What to look for when purchasing a reliable drive?  Few manufactures left, Seagate, Western Digital and Samsung are among the end.  All drives are essentially the same and it is a matter of when they will fail.
  • Backup Storage Strategy
    • The 3-2-1 Rule
    • The simplest way to remember how to back up your images safely is to use the 3-2-1 rule..
  • We recommend keeping 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
  • We recommend having the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.*
  • 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).
  • *While 3-2-1 storage is the ideal arrangement, it’s not always possible. A second media type, for instance, is impractical for many people in the ingestion or working file stage. In these cases, many people make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies.
  • From:  http://www.dpbestflow.org/backup/backup-overview#321

Some Notes from the Home Tech Podcast

  • Primary vs. Backups

    • It may sound obvious, but you can’t create a good backup strategy until you know what you’re backing up. Therefore you need to designate a primary copy of the data before you create backups. If there is no primary copy, your backup system will always feel like a mess.
      At each stage of an image’s lifecycle, you need to know which is the primary copy of the data.

  • The 3-2-1 Rule

    • The simplest way to remember how to back up your images safely is to use the 3-2-1 rule.

    • We recommend keeping 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)

    • We recommend having the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.*

    • 1 copy should be stored off site (or at least offline).

    • *While 3-2-1 storage is the ideal arrangement, it’s not always possible. A second media type, for instance, is impractical for many people in the ingestion or working file stage. In these cases, many people make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies.

  • Basics

    • What kind of data do you have?

    • What needs to be backed up?

    • Where does data come from?

    • Where do I find it on my computer?

  • Simple ways to get basic protection

    • From easiest to hardest…IMO

    • External hard drive / Install a second or third hard drive in your current system

    • Recommendations:

      • JC – Pogoplug

      • KS- ClickFree

  • Off Site or Cloud based backups

    • Recommendations:

      • JC – Crashplan

      • KS- don’t forget about safety deposit boxes at your bank

      • KS- Mozy

      • KS- Beware of firesafes

  • Build a Storage or Home Server for backups

    • JC – Windows Home Server

    • KS Backup Basics- accurate copy of all data on a separate device or location

    • Make restore disks or have original Windows disks

    • Belarc advisor for system inventory

    • Install disks of other programs or web locations for download

    • Print out license keys for downloaded software

    • What is your data; music, pictures, books, files, email, financial, bookmarks

    • USB drive that backs up data files

    • Close all apps, open files don’t back up

    • Check/compare files in backup versus original

 

 

 

 


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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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