Tao Of Backup Wailing Wall Story
How I nearly lost the Tao Of Backup!
I completed and launched the Tao Of Backup web at 4:20pm on
3 October 1997. For some reason I didn't do a backup that
night, and the next day I woke up to discover that my main
2G hard disk wasn't appearing on the Macintosh desktop. How
I wasn't too worried, as I had done a backup two days
before, and had been continually saving my ongoing work in
an ad-hoc manner onto a separate disk. However, I had made
several unbackedup changes, and I knew it would be quite
messy figuring out which were the latest files. I was also
worried that I might lose some of the final changes I'd made to
the FunnelWeb source of the Tao Of Backup Web. I really
wished that I'd taken a backup on the Friday night!
Luckily, it turned out that the only thing wrong with the
disk was its power supply, and after that was replaced, the
disk returned to normal. I immediately did a full backup and
a Veracity run and everything was OK.
I didn't lose any data, but the whole incident gave me a
scare. It reminded me that I use my computer so much that I
must be absolutely rigorous about performing daily
backups. I mustn't ever miss a day.
It all just goes to show that sometimes even Tao Backup
Masters get the backup blues.
Tue 14-Oct-1997 12:09am