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Do Computers Sense Fear?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bertbaby, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Okay, I'm not quite sure where to put this thread but I think this is a decent share to safeguard your work. And I do believe computers sense fear by the way! You know what I mean, you have a major project going on, your well into it, you haven't done a backup in a while because of the ongoing work and then you hear it!

    THE CLICK OF DEATH from your hard drive!

    I know we should always backup our data including a regular series of full and incremental backups plus system backups. But I can't tell you how many times I have had full system backups fail because of some bizarre internal Windows issue.

    Anyway, I like to pretend to be in charge of my life and I have a big IM campaign due this fall that is the culmination of eight years work. Yep, you read right, eight years so I'm a bit afraid of being bit in the proverbial arse!

    Now, I have few extra SATA drives lying around as the result of my inevitable upgrades to my main system. So I decided I would clone my master boot drive. The easiest solution I have found is listed below:

    1. Grab a free of XXCLONE and install on your main drive. No, I have not monetized this site.

    2. Power down and install a second comparably sized spare SATA or IDE drive as a slave. IDE drives can be a pain with their master/slave settings. By the way grab a can of air and remove the dust bunnies that have accumulated over time.

    3. Now reboot and make sure you can identify the spare drive as your D:

    4. Run XXCLONE and it will list your source volume and target. Get this right!!!! Hit start and it will clone the main drive to the spare. This will take a couple of hours depending on the size of the drive.

    5. Then use the Cool Tools options to make the spare D: drive bootable.

    6. Power down and install the spare drive as a your main drive and check to see if it boots. If you did this right it will boot and the bulk of your programs will run except those that use the physical hard specs for license protection. Windows 7 works fine with this!

    7. Power down, remove the spare and install your old drive. Put the spare on the shelve until disaster strikes.

    8. Now you have a bootable backup drive and you should repeat the process every month or two.

    In case of disaster you don't have to worry about system restore or image disks and, additionally, you avoid losing time rebuilding drives. Just grab your backups and install on the new drive. I'm sure a comparable solution could be had for MACs as well. And please don't tell me MACs don't crash, they all use the same PC hardware. However;I suspect the system restore is probably better than Windows, no way it could be worse.

    I know it's a bit extreme and you have to invest in some hardware but I have been using PCs for years and I get tired of being a victim.

    Also, I would welcome better solutions.
     
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  2. illfounded21

    illfounded21 Senior Member

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    8 years... I like the commitment. Hopefully it all goes to plan for you.
     
  3. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    No clue, it will either hit big or go out with a whimper! But hell I tried!

    Can't wait for Season 5 Breaking Bad to start by the way!
     
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    One of the surest way to backup is called RAID (if your computer has a RAID controller), two or more drives are connected and writing/reading the same info in the same time on all drives. If one of the drives fails, well the other/s is identical.

    This is mostly used on servers, because they need to stay.. serious. If a drive fails you just pull it out from a rack and replace it with a new one, while the server is running.
     
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  5. illfounded21

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    Ah mate, Breaking Bad is too good! Can't wait either.
     
  6. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Dead on! RAIDs are the best way to go but how many of us can afford a full array of disks with the controller plus you need a spare drive for the inevitable rebuild as well. And RAID controllers are a little more finicky than standard SATA or IDE controllers.
     
  7. BlackOut

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    Raid isn't a backup system, but rather high availability. Even with a raid system you should always make backups. I've seen Raid systems fail due to faulty controllers and/or drives. If you run Linux on a fileserver you can also run software raid or lookup ZFS on Linux.
     
  8. bertbaby

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    RAID Level 1 which mirrors one drive with a second drive is another way to go to reduce the cost of the drives but you still need a controller capable of writing to the two disks.
     
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    RAID really have a good reputation. don't have any idea about others. :p
     
  10. flexnds

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    Raid 1 and Windows snapshots to another hdd or external hdd.

    I run 2 x 1TB WD Caviar black in RAID 1 for main OS
    2 x 2TB Hitachi for Network drive and for windows snapshots.

    A lot of MOBOs nowadays have RAID functions built in. Though a RAID card is typically a better idea. You can also get decent ones for cheap.

    Not sure why people think they need to get some sort of special backup software, the windows imaging is just as effective as anything out there. I do have norton ghost, but I still end up using the windows imaging instead.

    You could also just buy a cheapy external hard drive to schedule and send your windows images to.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  11. bertbaby

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    I have to be honest with you every time I go to use a Windows image I get some stupid, incoherent Windows error message. I haven't stopped creating the images, I just don't trust it!
     
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    You could always test it on another HDD or even a virtual machine. Always good to have a back up plan and make sure everything goes smoothly.
     
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    Get a mac and use time machine. best thing since slice bread. Back it up to a 2 tb apple time capsule. You dont need all those fancy raids and software. Time machine makes incremental backups every hour.
     
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    You can never be too sure what life is going to throw at you. For me, I backed up all of my data via network storage. Sounded pretty good until a tornado dropped my neighbor's apartment on my tower. Sadly, my first thought after the whole thing immediately went to the fact my HD was lost in a pile of rubble.

    I am a firm believer in cloud services now. I mean, what are the odds something like that would happen twice? I'm not really willing to find out though!
     
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  15. bertbaby

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    I like the idea of testing to a virtual machine but I also know the amount of time involved in setting one up. And I know Macs never have a problem nor do they get viruses so I should just pay the Apple penalty and be done with it!
     
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    I've been thinking of keeping an "off site" copy of my harddrive in my safe deposit box at the bank.
     
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    use idrive services. keep a online copy and they are cheap
     
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    My computer always knows me, it refuses to do anything I ask of it when it's imperative that the computer should do what it is supposed to. It knows how to enrage me just for it's own personal amusement. In short my computer is evil.
     
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    I do back up my stuff, learned the hard way when everything just crash with a year worth of work.
     
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    XXClone easily clones your hard drive so you have a mirrored image available for instant use. XXClone makes a "logical clone" vs. a "physical clone" so the Target HD only needs to be as big/bigger than the data being cloned, and NOT as big/bigger than the physical size of the Source drive itself.

    For example, 30 Gbytes of data from an 80 Gbyte Hard Drive will be perfectly cloned to 30 Gbytes of data on a 40 Gbyte Hard Drive.

    Also 30 Gbytes of data from an 80 Gbyte Hard Drive will be perfectly cloned to 30 Gbytes of data on a 250 Gbyte Hard Drive.

    Meaning, you can easily use XXClone to upgrade to a larger Hard Drive.

    I install my mirrored drive as a secondary drive, and if the primary goes bad I make an easy switch in BIOS, boot to the Mirrored Hard Drive, and can run diagnostics & malware removal on the Primary, instantly. I can also migrate data over from the Primary, such as WP & Excel docs, etc....

    It's not the same as a mirrored RAID, but it's close. The problem with a RAID is that if you corrupt the data on one drive (as in infection) the other drive is also infected. Keeping a separate clone, you have physical isolation so one drive cannot infect the other. Well. Unless you are really stupid. One way to idiot-proof the mirrored drive is to make it "hidden" from Windows.

    This is a great post, and if you read it and pay attention it will save you money and headaches in the future. And time. So people should thank and rep+ the OP.