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Backing up file information   [OT]

By: Laurent Duchastel     Montréal, Québec  
Date: Aug 28,2017 at 21:36
In Response to: Backing up file information (Peter Shute)

> > Would it be possible to back up the work you've put into curation
> > only? Eg. a script that saves all the information about the files,
> > including internal fields and tags, etc, to a file, which you could
> then
> > back up.
> I wonder if it would be a useful thing, for those who can't afford to
> back up everything, to at least back up all file information. It could be
> a useful thing to at least be certain of what you've lost.
> At work we do daily backups, only retained for a few weeks. After that,
> we only have a monthly backup, retained for several years. Many times
> I've had users requesting a file be restored, but they don't know where
> it was, what it was called, or when it existed.
> Sometimes, when we finally locate it on a tape, we find that it hadn't
> been deleted at all, just moved. We could easily keep a daily directory
> listing of all files on the server. Such files aren't that big, and are
> very compressible.
> An extension of this idea would be to backup parts of files. Eg. photos
> and videos could have low resolution versions backed up. Word documents
> could have text only versions backed up.

Everything that I decided worth saving on Crashplan are saved according versioning parameters that can be adjusted.
Files are backuped up on Crashplan without altering their content (no Low or High resolution), and both encrypted and highly compressed by Crashplan software. Moved files can be easily retrieved with search field.
Any version of folder or files can be easily retrieve at any time with the same interface.

I am perhaps pissed by Crashplan's market change, but I am still a fan of it :-)


Laurent Duchastel

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