Part Brick, Part Big Hole

So, it turns out that my external, back-up hard drive, rather than being an external, back-up hard drive, is actually just a hole in which I have been tossing important information and lots of money in iTunes TV shows for the last year or so. A hole in a tomb in a plastic brick with a white flashing light on it.

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  • ReplyJoe Terranova 15 Aug 2007

    Strangely, there are quite a few people with similar backup methods, and I used to be one of them. A hard drive in an external enclosure is no less likely to fail than a hard drive in anything else, shouldn’t be used as the sole destination for backups, and definitely shouldn’t be the only place important data is stored.

    Myself, I take advantage of my web hosting; I have 450GB (and growing) available, which is backed up in multiple locations incrementally — 2 hourly, 2 daily, and 2 weekly backups are always available. Therefore, I use duplicity ( to make encrypted tars I can easily upload to my server for backups. Once it’s on the server, I never have to worry about losing it, and I don’t have to worry about hacks, as the data is all encrypted with my gpg key.

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune, and good luck with your future backup endeavors.

  • Replywordwill 23 Aug 2007

    In my defense, I also have a bunch of stuff backed up on DVDs, but still I lost some material and the ability to copy my whole hard drive so I can reset my MacBookPro and re-install Boot Camp. Plus it is just generally obnoxious.

    Also, I have never had internal hard drives fail like I’ve heard of external hard drives fail. I don’t know why that is.

  • ReplyJeff Tidball 24 Aug 2007

    Big hole, eh? Apparently scientists (by which I mean, “scientists”) have just done one better.