Every year I take the opportunity to do some winter cleaning on my computer systems. Clean up directories, remove unused applications, and backup. I typically choose Black Friday for this event because I can run out and get cheap storage (Hard Drives). Last year I purchased 2 portable drives and an internal drive.
This year, I did not want to go out early. So I spent the morning cleaning our computer systems and then headed out and purchased a few High Capacity SD cards. I got 8, 16 and 32 gig cards. Different manufacturers. The 16 I intend to use in our camera so it was the higher speed. The other 2 I plan on using for an “ON PC” backup.
I have many backup strategies for our home documents and photos, but I am adding a new one this year. I have done this in the past at work with my personal documents but not at home.
Since we are almost exclusively laptops at our house I setup jobs to backup the home directory documents to the SD cards. This does a sync that makes it easy to store on the SD card. The actual directory and photos are sync’d every night to our backup server, but this is just a quick fail-safe. I’m not sure how well it’s going to work, but the intent is to have a quick copy to pull back from of critical documents.
On my SD card I used truecrypt to create a volume and store information encrypted. Overall it is working OK. I will have to update this post as I progress.