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Old Nov 29, 2019, 10:20 AM   #1
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Just curious how long you guys keep your backup disk images. I've got about 5 years' worth and I need to free up some space on my NAS soon.
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Old Nov 30, 2019, 12:28 AM   #2
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I don't even do disk images anymore.

Linux Mint comes with Timeshift. I just leave it at the default setting, which is an incremental back-up every week. And it keeps the last 3.

And if that fails, I have install scripts that have a big chunk of my setup automated.

So the only thing I need to make a point of backing up is my user data. I should probably have a better process for that.

I still have a Windows install, but I don't use it enough to bother with backup images.
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Old Nov 30, 2019, 04:29 AM   #3
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I do the auto backup once a month and I keep 3 months. And I'm starting to think that is overkill.

Installing a fresh Windows isn't that big of a deal for me. Plus I back all my important stuff up on the cloud and my server. That and all my games are on steam. Keeping a drive image is starting to become rather pointless these days.
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Old Nov 30, 2019, 09:53 AM   #4
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I do the auto backup once a month and I keep 3 months. And I'm starting to think that is overkill.

Installing a fresh Windows isn't that big of a deal for me. Plus I back all my important stuff up on the cloud and my server. That and all my games are on steam. Keeping a drive image is starting to become rather pointless these days.
Yeah, I'm starting to think it's pointless as well. I have never had to restore a backup disk image to recover files. All my important stuff is on OneDrive and reinstalling Windows isn't the time suck that it used to be.
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Old Nov 30, 2019, 11:37 AM   #5
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I was thinking I was being irresponsible by only keeping the last image

Then again my needs are pretty simple.
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Old Dec 2, 2019, 10:16 PM   #6
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I don’t backup. I have 8 HDDs with key folders repeated. Rest not sure what to use backups for?

Which cloud service you gays using?
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Don't do disk images anymore, have my NAS and anything on there is mirrored so meh.

All my systems could have the storage straight up and die and I wouldn't lose a thing.

Cloud service I use Qnap Cloud for my NAS and it just backs up automatically so I don't have too worry.
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I don't use disk images for my home PC's because I don't rebuild them that often and when I do, I find there's usually updated drivers, applications etc. so I end up installing all the software manually anyway so there's no saving with the image.
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I don't either.

All of my data is on a Synology with an external backup on a eSATA drive.

The Windows OS itself is on a MDT image I tinkered to my liking. As John said, the few applications I use are updated frequently enough that I'll use the latest version available if I must reinstall.
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