How many copies of your photos do you keep? My experience this morning is a good reminder that you need more than one. I had just finished making a new “backup” because one of my regular backups was close to full with all the video work I’ve been doing. After finishing my “new” backup, I wanted to do one final backup to my “old” drive, which resulted in this error: The Backup task was aborted because the destination filesystem is malfunctioning. Since this “old” backup was made redundant by my “new” backup, I didn’t really need the “old” backup any more, so this was a survivable error it that I still have my original copy and two good and functioning backup copies. This “old” copy was meant to go in the filing cabinet as a “archive” so I don’t have to spend hours of time or any money fixing it. I’ll mark the old drive “failing” and put it in the filing cabinet as a worst case scenario backup since it’s already paid for and there is no sense in throwing it away. If the worst happens, I can pull it out and it gives me a snapshot back in time for any of the files backed up to it if I can read them. So what’s your backup strategy? Have you ever had a drive fail, and what did you do when it did?
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