Lego_Addict: No reason why you can't have a backup these days. A 32GB drive the size of my thumbnail costs under $30 these days. In most cases, that's more than enough for documents.
Gyrfalcon: AniX: About a month or two again, my friend knocked my external hard drive off the desk and onto the floor. On it was every academic work I had written, every picture I downloaded, every song I have, every half-assed writing project I began.I had to switch to my back-up hard drive, which was about from November. I felt like a complete idiot for having not done backed up for over 3 months. It was inexcusable on my part.This person would be an idiot if the research was only backed up a year ago. This person deserves everything that happens if you don't think "I should save this in another place" once in five years, especially as a grad student. I get nervous when I don't save a file onto my laptop and my hard drive immediately if it is important.If you have not done backed up, you are indeed an idiot.
Dwayne Bansey: I kept my dissertation in 7 locations: Work Desktop, Home Desktop, Laptop, Thumbdrive, Gmail, Carbonite, and a PC in the student lounge in my dept. I called them my horcruxes.This guy is an idiot.
Tio_Holtzmann: 1. fark everyone else, fark em. If they aren't doing something for you, fark em.2. Is what you're working on right now for your thesis? No? Then fark it. If it isn't earning a favor from someone important, fark it. If you were expressly ordered to do bullshiat, switch advisors, take a TA, fark that shiat.3. Write as you go. Get whatever you can published, yeah, but at least write it up so you don't forget what the fark you did and so you can paste it in later. The writing process will also show things missing in your research or.thinking.4. If your advisor is a piece of shiat, strongly consider switching. Just...don't stick around for that.
ideamaster: Jesus and Satan have a discussion as to who is the better programmer. This goes on for a few hours until they come to an agreement to hold a contest, with God as the judge.They sit themselves at their computers and begin. They type furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen, for several hours straight. Seconds before the end of the competition, a bolt of lightning strikes, taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power is restored, and God announces that the contest is over.He asks Satan to show what he has come up with. Satan is visibly upset, and cries, "I have nothing. I lost it all when the power went out.""Very well, then," says God, "let us see if Jesus fared any better."Jesus enters a command, and the screen comes to life in vivid display, the voices of an angelic choir pour forth from the speakers. Satan is astonished.He stutters, "B-b-but how? I lost everything, yet Jesus' program is intact. How did he do it?"God smiled all-knowingly, "Jesus saves."
The Stealth Hippopotamus: always back up your research!!
xria: You do sort of wonder if this is just a modern update of "The dog ate my homework"
ultraholland: I know this is how the thread opened, but what's sad is that a doctoral student with five years of research was too stupid to backup their information.
lordargent: Gone to Plaid: If that's your porn stash, you are one sick bastard...NTTAWWTDump is the one partition that isn't backed up.Dump ... does have porn on it.Dump also has feature films, television shows, etc.It's basically a generic dump site for transient files.If I'm compiling something and need space, it goes to dump. If I'm building a 1GB panoramic image, I build it on dump. If I'm editing video files, I edit them on dump.[lordargent.com image 850x344]
Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: When I worked tech support for a computer company, every 'finals' season I would get at least one call, always from a young woman, whose hard drive had crashed and they lost their critical docs.
Salmon: Just got an upgrade[www.blogcdn.com image 440x233]
Albert911emt: Use a USB drive....they're cheap and easy to carry.
Tio_Holtzmann: Lego_Addict: No reason why you can't have a backup these days. A 32GB drive the size of my thumbnail costs under $30 these days. In most cases, that's more than enough for documents.Except for...well, every single grad student doing laser imaging, high speed video, etc. I could burn through 32GB in a farking day of taking high speed video. As someone upthread mentioned, it is extremely annoying backing up massive amounts of data like that. RAID array is nice, but I have never seen one in a laptop, and then its still physically together. One fire or flood and game over.You have to keep at it consistently when dealing with that much shiat. Then again, even if you only backup once a week...you only lose a week! Derp. Not five farking years.
doglover: meyerkev: DropboxGithubFarking DropboxSkydriveGoogle DocsA TB backup drive.Hell, if it's THAT important, AWS S3./Or my personal favorite, A local git repo contained in a dropbox. Perfect backup across multiple machines coupled with local revision history so you can blow away 6 hours of fail in 3 seconds.Say that last bit again, but in English.
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Carth: Tio_Holtzmann: Lego_Addict: No reason why you can't have a backup these days. A 32GB drive the size of my thumbnail costs under $30 these days. In most cases, that's more than enough for documents.Except for...well, every single grad student doing laser imaging, high speed video, etc. I could burn through 32GB in a farking day of taking high speed video. As someone upthread mentioned, it is extremely annoying backing up massive amounts of data like that. RAID array is nice, but I have never seen one in a laptop, and then its still physically together. One fire or flood and game over.
FizixJunkee: Albert911emt:Use a USB drive....they're cheap and easy to carry.Quick question: Is there a source for a USB drive that's not made in China?
The One True TheDavid: I'd rather have a few redundant USB drives myself. Or mail the important parts to my Gmail account and let Google keep it safe. (They're good at that: not too long ago I found Usenet posts of mine from 1996.)Dropbox?Kids today are so easily impressed.
Coastalgrl: Thanks guys for a summary of the different storage options out thereJust starting my doctoral research and have roughly 10 TB of data from previous work. The sheer volume means I'm looking at multiple offsite storage options.If anyone has any favorites let me know. Also leading up consolidating 25 years of research to develop in house database for research group.
leevis: This link has inspired me to back up my music again. I've loaded more than 1,000 songs onto itunes since the last time.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: always back up your research!!Watched a guy try to fight his way into a burning building to try to save his research.
bonkmeist: I'm gonna call shenanigans. This dude hasn't been working on his thesis, and found a great(retarded) excuse for why he doesn't have it done./no backups? really?//really!?
FriarReb98: nmrsnr: Well, now every future employer knows how well he plans for future contingencies.That too. I see "20-year lab tech" in this person's future. Maybe even "person who pours the chemicals in the vat at the plant" if they fail that hard.
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