Personal IT: Automated backup for the home office

May 24, 2005

Two things are important when it comes to backups:

  1. Backup copies for protection against short-term loss (e.g. hard disk fail).
  2. Archived copies for protection against long-term loss (e.g. deletion, catastrophy).

I run the following backup procedure to protect the home office:

This system requires a hard disk, 6 DVD+RW’s and one DVD+R each month. It provides the following levels of protection:

The maximum possible loss scenarios are: