loading words...

Jan 30, 2019 22:11:53

Backups Saved My Mac

by @valentino | 215 words | 270🔥 | 270💌

Valentino Urbano

Current day streak: 270🔥
Total posts: 270💌
Total words: 131435 (525 pages 📄)

A few years ago I was playing with hidden files (yes, that was a dumb move) and I accidentally deleted an important symlink.

The result: My mac didn't want to boot anymore. I let you image how freaked out I was. A lot is an understatement.

Luckily I had a 1 week old backup on my external HDD and booted from it. I dived into the finder and found what I deleted (just one single file) and restored it. Rebooted and everything was fine. If I didn't have it I would have been forced to either do a clean restore or try to figure it out manually and it would have been a huge inconvenience. Basically, at least one full day wasted, probably more.

Most people get a backup after they experience a catastrophic loss. Don't wait until that point!

The barrier to entry is pretty low nowadays. Black blaze for example offers off-site backups for 5$ a month, or you can buy your own HDD for relatively cheap (this post is in no way sponsored, I just use them and they worked well for me). It's surely worth more than the data you are eventually going to lose if you decide not to back up (yes, a decision not to do anything is still a decision).

Originally published at www.valentinourbano.com

contact: email - twitter / Terms / Privacy