I’ve got critical files on multiple Macs, multiple external disks, iCloud, Dropbox, and Amazon S3 (to get files out of the house), plus I backup the Macs regularly, and backup all the family iPhones and iPads. We’re safe, right?
Cloud? Or, NAS?
Allow me to bring to situations to your eyes so you can tell me which seems to be the one you want to use everywhere. David Gewirtz went into some detail regarding backup best practices, obviously aimed at geeks and nerds.
The idea of 3-2-1 is to have three copies of every file, two of which are on different physical devices, and one of which is located off-site.
I kinda sorta mostly do that to excess and haven’t lost a file in years. But Gewirtz ran into a guy who stuck valuable files on a NAS (network attached storage) drive and nowhere else. Yes, Murphy’s Law applies everywhere.
As to the 3-2-1 method?
Our guy didn’t have that. He counted entirely on one NAS for all his backups. He has an offsite backup, but it hadn’t been updated.
My convoluted backup system with multiple onsite and offsite locations looks like a good way to remain safe, even when everything seems to go wrong.
My neighbor has an iPhone and an iPad. No Mac. No Windows PC. But he backs up everything to iCloud. Murphy’s Law rules for a reason. Tragedy struck and a kitchen fire wiped out he and his wife’s iPhones and their iPads. Think crispy.
Once kitchen repairs were underway he stopped by with an update and a question about how to restore everything from his old iPhones and iPad to the new ones. Here’s what happened.
He opened up each new device, entered the appropriate Apple ID and over the course of the next few hours everything that was on the old iPhones and iPad showed up on the new ones.
That’s a better backup, right? Simple. Elegant. Fast. No fuss, no bother, and low cost. Compare and contrast my neighbor’s iPhone and iPad backup and restore to my convoluted and relatively expensive home and offsite system of cloned Macs, external disk drives, multiple cloud locations, and the need to backup up each device on iCloud and local Macs.
Now, a single point of failure is what all backup specialists in IT will tell you is where you don’t want to go, so my convoluted system may be a safer solution, but my neighbor is ecstatic because of how quickly he was able to get everything working again.
Apple may not have all the same bases covered as we do on the Mincey Plantation but the company’s iCloud system made my neighbor a believer in all things Apple. He bought an Apple Watch to celebrate.
Maybe I should buy an iMac Pro to celebrate, too. After all, the entry-level $4,999 model is less expensive, in 1984 dollars, than an original Mac at $2,495.