As I write this on 28th April 2014…..
Wooops. I was in the middle of doing something else, when I hovered over the Time Machine icon on my Mac…and it said the last backup was 9th March 2013.
I have no idea how this happened, but fortunately I have been running Crashplan – backing up from the business office, to the home office. So at least I had an off-site backup to fall back on.
Still it’s a bit of a shocker – I don’t remember turning it off, and I don’t remember any warnings about backups not having taken place.
To clarify, I have no complaints about Time Machine for the Mac whatsoever – it always seemed to have a nice, sequential series of backups (incremental I think is the right term), that I could skim through. I just haven’t needed to look for a backup for all this time, obviously.
And likewise with Crashplan – it’s an absolutely cracking piece of software that chugs away in the background, backing up everything I need from the business office to the home office, and vice versa. It works on both the Mac at the business address, and the Windows 7 PC in the Home Office. And I can unlock the office backup at home, should I need a file that’s on the Mac, and vice versa.
None of this is a problem for our clients of course 😉
We have independent backups for our client websites, both on the webserver, and off-site backups to e.g. Dropbox. The database backups are also emailed, for a belt, bracers & safety net approach!
Still, it’s worth a manual check now & then to see if your backups are running as you thought they were.
Anyhow, I suppose that’s my latest tip(s) for business owners – for a foolproof(?) solution, always have off-site backups running for your important data, as well as on-site backups to make sure that if things start hitting the fan, you’ve got what you need.
*Disclaimer: Links above are sponsor-free – the only thing I benefit from, is if you use my Dropbox link to sign up – then we both get a little extra free space from the nice guys at Dropbox. Smashing 😉