Thursday, March 31st is World Backup Day

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Thursday, March 31, 2011, has been designated World Backup Day, thanks to a thread at that was launched March 23 and produced over 1,200 comments. Three Redditors launched a web site where they’re promoting a reminder to check recent data backups and get in the habit of regularly backing up information, if you aren’t doing so already.

Backing up data is relatively simple with Mac OS X’s Time Machine feature, but World Backup Day is also offering four different giveaways that can be entered via Twitter, along with various exclusive offers, such as 5GB of free storage for new SpiderOak users.

If you want to learn more about backing up data, TMO offers Dr. Mac’s Guide to Backing Up Your Mac, written by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus.



I’ve always duplicated files in the finder before major changes to them as a method of backup. My work didn’t approve so they got me a time machine drive to use.

I’m not usually one to rave about stuff (when I’m sober at least) but man I love my time machine.

I’d never even thought about it until that one fateful day all computer users fear, this huge project was due and the 15+ hours of work on it yesterday were somehow lost due to file corruption (I blame Adobe). I was in a panic for about 2 minutes until I remembered the time machine was doing it’s incremental backups. Soon as I saw the animation (I’d been backing up with it for over a year and never once used it) I got the feeling I’d be ok, and was. I had never done anything beyond set up within the first 5 minutes of installing it, and over a year later it saved my arse.

I don’t know that I’ve used it much since, but I will never not have a time machine drive hooked up to my computer again.

Ross Edwards

I thought Time Machine was enough, until my home was robbed.  Now I back up to a hidden Time Machine drive AND to the cloud via Mozy.  It’s worth it.  I’m a professional writer.  If my data disappeared, my life’s work would be gone.

Every day is Backup Day for this guy.  *thumbs toward self*  You only have to learn that lesson once if you learn it hard enough.


This is particularly relevant today for me.  Last night the manager of one of our research units discovered that a corrupted file on his computer had trashed our production database.  He’d been responsible for updating the database himself and had gotten out of the habit.  I found out this morning and was then tasked with setting up an automatic back up proceedure and generating quarterly production reports from now on. 

Don’t know why they were relying on a manual back up process to begin with.  That’s a rookie mistake.  Fortunatley we still have all of the hard copy used to populate the database to rebuild, but that’s going to take a lot of time.


Check out and - both offer 5gb of free storage in the cloud and its very straightforward. I use both to be sure to be sure!

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