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.


  1. Joe Terranova, 15. August 2007, 5:36
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    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.

  2. wordwill, 23. August 2007, 19:43
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    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.

  3. Jeff Tidball, 24. August 2007, 15:28
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    Big hole, eh? Apparently scientists (by which I mean, “scientists”) have just done one better.


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