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Chapter 2. Decide on a Basic Backup Strategy > Reassess Your Backup Strategy

2.10. Reassess Your Backup Strategy

As things change in the world of backups—new hardware, software, and services appear, old products are discontinued, data storage needs grow, prices drop, Apple updates Mac OS X and produces new Macs—I keep a running list of things to cover when the time comes for the next edition of this book. Once my list gets to a certain length (let’s say, a full page or so), I know it’s time to start revising the book. Much to my surprise, that’s happened almost once a year on average since the first edition of this book in 2004!

I don’t undertake these updates lightly. I try to step back and think carefully about my recommendations in light of the way my setup, my backup needs, and the overall computing landscape have evolved. Is the advice I gave last year still valid? Should I temper my enthusiasm for a certain product, or lobby more forcefully for a particular approach? Is there anything about which I’ve changed my mind, or my own practices?


  

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