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Is Backing Up Necessary?

By Knot2Brite
Aug 4, 2008
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  1. Hello,

    I just got a new computer which is in a RAID. I am told that everything on C is copied onto a mirror drive so if C fails I can run off of the other drive. (Of course, I'd quickly replace C).

    Do I still need to backup?

    Are there certain files to backup?

    Thanks
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,344   +49

    Of course you need to backup - a Raid array just makes it far less likely that a single HDD failure will stop you. It won't (a) protect you against malware fouling up your PC, (b) stop an electrical fault damaging both your drives, (c) put out a house fire, (d) trip up a thief as he departs with your PC.

    In short, backups protect against many sources of failure, Raid protects against just one, and not a particularly likely one at that.

    Are there certain files.....yes, the whole operating system and installed applications.
  3. Knot2Brite

    Knot2Brite TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    thanks for your thoughts
  4. old101

    old101 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Lots of Web services available for off-site backup storage, although I am not a fan of them. They are more likely target of attack than a home computer, in my opinion.
    I am a fan of external HD storage for images of my C drive and Data folders. They are inexpensive, and can be easily locked in a safe place, or even taken with you when you travel.
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