Where does your data live?

After hearing over and over again about people losing important data because something got stolen, lost or destroyed I did an audit of where all my data resides and who manages it just to make sure the same thing would be unlikely to happen to me.

I came up with the following diagram:

wheremydatalives

Whenever I create new content (document, photos from my camera etc) it goes into one of the buckets in this diagram (which corresponds to a location on disk). It will either sync automatically or on a weekly schedule to the other locations indicated. I came to the conclusion that my only real risk of data loss would be if my laptop and external hard drive were both home during the weekend, and the house burned down. Even then, I wouldn't lose everything but probably enough to make me mildly frustrated. So I intend to buy a small fireproof safe that I can store my external disk in while I am not at home.

Do you know where all your data lives?

| October 29th, 2014 | Posted in ShowerThoughts |

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