So what do you do when you have so much stuff on your computer that it
becomes difficult, if not impossible, to back up the whole thing on a
regular basis? You know that you must perform backups (the world is full of
dangers to your computer and it’s valuable data), but it’s just become
technically impracticable simply due to the volume of data.
Don’t believe for a second that this problem is unique to the home user. At
work I manage a staff of computer people which is responsible for about 500
gigabytes of data. In fact, we expect our data size to exceed a terabyte
(1,000 gigabytes) before too long! Some of my peers now manage sites which
exceed 60 terabytes! Imagine how difficult it is to come up with a backup
solution to databases of those sizes!
What I decided to do for my home computer system is simple. I separated my
backup tasks into small, manageable pieces. These include:
being prepared to recover the entire system in the event of a catastrophic