Got mine from Amazon.
That's my New Years gift to all my buddies. If you haven't recently- do really back up your data.
Really go do that right now, I'll wait.
Hmmmm... dumpty dum dum dum... oh, you back?

Ok, I know, I'm really just talking to myself.
But you may have  heard the "old saying" -

"There are two types of people,
those who have lost data
and those who are going to."

I'm in the process of recovering from a 500 GB hard drive melt down in my Dell laptop. Now I DID have a backup routine, but obviously not quite as routine as it should have been. Approximately 3/4 of the drive were backed up, but 1/4 of 500 GB is still a lot to lose.

Of course, now that "the cow is out of the barn," I have a 3 TB Seagate hard drive with auto data backup system running. Isn't that a comforting notion.
    But then I had another anomalous melt down and learned that data isn't everything. You see after taking days to reinstall all my programs, recording programs, CAD drawing programs, 3D design, CNC cut file editing, video editing programs, mail clients, blah blah blah, you get the idea, not to mention tracking down their serial numbers and activation codes etc. It literally took days.

[And in this case I mean literally and not in the oft' misused rhetorical usage when one actually means "virtually" but I'll resist ranting.]

So, back to the melt down, Seagate did a fine job of recovering my data but it doesn't save any system or program data. So I have now learned more about cloning hard drives and saving disk images than I've ever wanted to. Here's a 3 minute YouTube that will guide you through saving a disk image that will allow you to restore your computer - ALL programs, system files, data etc. Just they way it was when you saved it. It is easier than you might think, and given the alternative of program re-install purgatory, it's a walk in the park. This is for Windows 7, you'll have to search YoutTube for other operating systems.

My apologies for making my first BLOG post so overly techy, but it was what brought me here. Since I always attempt to make lemonade from the lemons of life,  I lost my email list so discovered Mail Chimp and while installing that on my BlueHost site I discovered Weebly which has allowed me to create this new web site which I've been meaning to do for a long time. Those are the silver linings so far, there may be more. Hopefully next post I'll be back into my shop and have something artsier craftsy-er - to write about.      As I used to say -stay tuned for,
"More quasi-esoteric folk stuff on assorted semi obscure instruments."

Now, what are you reading this for? Go back up your data!...;~)


01/11/2014 1:23pm

So you finally got a blog on your site. I look forward to seeing what you share. I wish I could write more but I have to go backup my data!


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11/20/2016 10:05pm

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12/14/2016 12:27am

I can't find it for my Win 10. Is it real to find it for Win 10?

12/17/2016 3:34am

It's a pretty useful tutorial. A very detailed one. I love this video.

01/03/2017 10:09am

I have a whole 3 terabyte system which needs backing up regularly. I've been doing that monthly but that gets a bit stressful. I've switched to a faster ssd for both backup drive and primary drive so that's a bit faster now.

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Computer games can stress certain people out but I find it very relaxing but then maybe some online gamers take the online computer games more seriously than I do.

04/03/2017 8:09am

I guess it's very important to have a back up if you are working with data. Am I right about it?

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    My name is David Beede and I'm stuck to the planet on the edge of a lake in North Florida. I've been making music and instruments for four decades and will be chatting about the nuts and bolts of luthiery and song writing. I might occasionally wax philosophic, but I'll try to warn you so you can skip over it, if that's not your cup of sake.


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