Preparing for the Worst: Backups and Mirrors

No matter how many precautions you take, or no matter how much of a veteran you are, your system will be hacked, your hardware will fail, or something else will happen that will make your data unusable and recovery impossible. It’s all but inevitable. The only defense against this is to have the tools available for a complete rebuild from the ground up. Prepare for the worst, says one of the corollaries to Murphy’s Law, and the worst will never happen. If precautions are the price we pay for safety, so be it.

Creating “Seed” Files

One way you can ensure that your custom configuration will survive a catastrophic failure is to gather together a collection of “seed” files, which you can use to customize ...

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