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I used to create a backup of my entire system to a Zip drive once a week. This soon required two zip disks, then 3 and then a dozen. I switched to tape, which helped for a while. Before too long, however, I found my backups took all night long and required several tape changes. This was getting out of hand - not only did backup require an incredible amount of time, but system was slow while it was running and it was obvious that it would be very difficult to do a restore if it became necessary.
At this point, many people make fatal decision to stop performing backups at all. This is not a good idea, as there are many hazards to health of your computer.
- Hundreds and even thousands of new viruses are created monthly. Any one of these could destroy your system and erase years of work. Even if you have best antivirus software on planet, there is still possibility that a new virus could get through your defenses. A hacker could penetrate your firewalls (assuming you have one) and do whatever he pleased. He could, if he wanted, delete files, modify them or even download them to his own system.
- Your system could be damaged or destroyed by more mundane threats such as water leaking from upstairs bathtub or mice chewing on disk cables.
- You could accidentally delete files yourself.
- A new installation of a program or an operating system upgrade could render your system unusable.
- I have heard tales of lightening striking nearby power poles and rendering systems completely unusable.
So if your system is getting so crowded that is is difficult if not impossible to perform a full backup, what do you do to protect yourself?
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