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Time Machine, Hot Damn

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Apr. 2nd, 2008 | 09:22 am

Yesterday my drive on my desktop died.

So?

I pulled a spare USB drive off the shelf and restarted the computer.

My home account lives on an external drive.

I then went into a guest account.

I then renamed the external drive to be the same name as my original, now hosed drive.

Then I opened up the Time Machine application.

I then copied my home directory back to the location it should be on the external drive.

Hot damn, it worked!

I've bought into Tape, exabyte, TK-45, Jazz, Zip, etc... all of these technologies have failed me.

Most excellent :)

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Jamie McCarthy

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from: jamiemccarthy
date: Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I've done backup to floppy, DAT tape, optical rewriteable, Jaz/Zip, CD-R and CD-RW. Mostly in proprietary formats designed to lock me in to one application -- and ostensibly to save 20% on media costs which were never once a significant overall cost.

When hard drives finally got cheap enough that compression wasn't really necessary anymore, for most people, someone decided "hey, let's do backup the most obvious way."

And amazingly, it worked.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
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It makes me wonder why we just didn't have this before...

I skipped DAT and I never considered floppies to be safe (though... for probably six or more years I probably always had one in a pocket).

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Ysa

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from: ormtarika
date: Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic! We really need to upgrade, and get the machine going!

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awfief

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from: awfief
date: Apr. 3rd, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
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yeah. I mean, why not use the same thing to backup that you do to use it? :) Kinda like a photocopy makes a piece of paper on a piece of paper.

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C.J. Adams-Collier

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from: cjcollier
date: Apr. 3rd, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
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I've heard good things about "rescue dd"

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