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What's your backup strategy?

What's your backup strategy?

  • No backups

    Votes: 1,316 18.0%
  • Manual copy of important files

    Votes: 4,170 56.9%
  • Automated local backup

    Votes: 1,024 14.0%
  • Automated backup to the cloud

    Votes: 816 11.1%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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May 14, 2004
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Data is becoming more and more important. Do you perform backups of your files? In an automated way, or just a manual copy from time to time. How do you feel about storing backups in the cloud?

Thanks @1freedude for the poll idea
Jan 31, 2010
4,925 (1.06/day)
Gougeland (NZ)
System Name Cumquat 2021
Processor AMD RyZen R7 5800X @4750MHz 1.298V
Motherboard Asus Strix x570-F Gaming
Cooling Cryorig R1 Universal + CM MasterGel Pro TP
Memory 16GB GSkill Ripjaws V Black 4000 MTs (2x8GB) @3866MT's
Video Card(s) Sapphire Nitro+ OC RX6800 16GB DDR6 2270Cclk / 2010Mclk
Storage 1x Adata SX8200PRO NVMe gen3 x4 1X Samsung 860 EVO 500GB, 12TB of HDD Storage
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Audio Device(s) RX6800 via HDMI + Pioneer VSX-531 amp Technics 100W 5.1 Speaker set
Power Supply Enermax RevolutionXT II 750W 80+ Gold
Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Keyboard Logitech G815
Software Windows 11 X64 PRO (build 22H2)
Benchmark Scores it sucks even more less now ;)
I'll never trust the cloud but I do backup my important stuff to elsewhere usually an HDD within the PC and to an USB HDD
Jun 27, 2019
1,060 (0.89/day)
Mid EU
System Name I don't name my systems.
Processor i3-12100F @stock power limit
Motherboard ASUS PRIME B660-PLUS D4
Cooling ID-Cooling SE 224 XT ARGB V3 'CPU' / 3x Raijintek Auras 12 + 3x Cooler Master MF120L black case fans
Memory 2x8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3200MHz
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Audio Device(s) Onboard + Hama uRage SoundZ 700
Power Supply Seasonic CORE GM 500W 80+ Gold
Mouse Canyon Puncher GM-20
Keyboard SPC Gear GK630K Tournament 'Kailh Brown'
Software Windows 10 Pro
Nothing really, to be honest I don't keep anything dead important on my PC to bother.
At most I have some old screenshots from online games 'MMOs' I used to play that I keep around cause nostalgic value.

Rest can be dled again if needed, game saves are mainly cloud saves nowadays or at least the games I play have that.
Feb 20, 2020
5,628 (5.89/day)
System Name Ghetto Rigs x299 & z490 & x99
Processor 9940x w/Optimus SigV2 & 10900k w/Optimus Foundation & 5930k w/Noctua D15
Motherboard X299 Rampage VI Apex & z490 Maximus XII Apex & x99 Sabertooth
Cooling D5 combo/280 GTX/ VRM water block copper/280 GTX/ D5 Top/Optimus sigV2/TitanXp/Mora 360x2
Memory Trident-Z 3600C16 4x8gb & Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3200c14 4x8gb
Video Card(s) 1080ti FTW3 & Titan Xp & evga 980ti gaming
Storage 970 evo plus 500gb & 970 evo 500gb many sammy 2.5" ssd's and WD BLK hdd's
Display(s) 1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
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Mouse Redragon Perdition x3
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Software Win-7 pro x3 and Linux Cinnamon 20.2x2 & win-10 & 11pro x3
Benchmark Scores Are in the benchmark section
I manually system image every month or two with free macrium reflect winpe recovery media, never in the active os.

I copy and paste new movies/ series recordings/... after they're created to 3 other system drives, there's no sense in system imaging these since they're on several different hdd's/ ssd's.

Nothing automated
Onedrive is removed from systems and if I want something on onedrive/ icloud="phone crap" I manually upload the files but usually nothing I care anything about.
I sure don't use cloud as any type of recovery backup it's just silly sharing crap.
Mar 20, 2019
382 (0.30/day)
System Name Ryzen
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Plus
Cooling Cryorig H7
Memory Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz 2x8GB
Video Card(s) Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING OC
Storage Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe SSD
Display(s) Gigabyte G27QC
Case NZXT H510 Flow
Audio Device(s) SteelSeries Arctis Prime
Power Supply Corsair RM650x Gold 650W
Mouse Logitech G502 Hero
Keyboard HyperX Alloy FPS Cherry MX Blue
Software Windows 11 Pro, Kubuntu
For my phone it’s just iCloud.

For my PC, there’s a few processes:

Local backups - I run robocopy scripts every month or so to backup to my 2nd PC. Then every so often I run scripts to back everything up to external drives I mount in a dock. All data is therefore on 3 separate “disks”.

Cloud backups - occasionally I’ll backup to my Amazon S3 bucket using s3cmd. These are things that are super important like documents, photos, dev files etc. so that if my house burns I’m not totally screwed. I don’t upload my videos/music/software etc. as my upload speed is limited, so for that…

Offsite backups - I’ve also got HDDs stored in a safe at a relatives house that I’ll swap out occasionally (yearly).

So yeah, backups all over the place - not keen on ever losing my data!
May 29, 2008
25 (0.00/day)
Fort Collins, CO
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Motherboard Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming
Cooling Stock
Memory Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB(2x8GB) - DDR4 3000
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 - 8GB
Storage Samsung 240GB 970 EVO M.2 2280, WD 640GB Black
Display(s) Viotek GN32Q 32" - 2560x1440p - 144hz, Acer H274HLBMID 27" - 1920x1080p - 60hz
Case Cougar Panzer-S
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
Mouse Corsair Gaming M65 PRO, MSI Sistorm Gaming Mouse Pad
Keyboard Corsair Gaming K55
Software Win11 x64
Twin HTPC's, 1 has an 8TB HD the other is 4TB. Manually backup to 2 USB HD's when I remember too.
Mar 26, 2010
9,647 (2.11/day)
Jakarta, Indonesia
System Name micropage7
Processor Intel Xeon X3470
Motherboard Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. P55A-UD3R (Socket 1156)
Cooling Enermax ETS-T40F
Memory Samsung 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3
Video Card(s) NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800
Storage V-GEN03AS18EU120GB, Seagate 2 x 1TB and Seagate 4TB
Display(s) Samsung 21 inch LCD Wide Screen
Case Icute Super 18
Audio Device(s) Auzentech X-Fi Forte
Power Supply Silverstone 600 Watt
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Sades Excalibur + Taihao keycaps
Software Win 7 64-bit
Benchmark Scores Classified
manually backup to google drive
Aug 10, 2019
12 (0.01/day)
System Name Matisse
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Motherboard Asus Prime X470-Pro
Cooling Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition
Memory Crucial Ballistix BL2K16G36C16U4B
Video Card(s) MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OC
Storage Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB
Display(s) Dell UltraSharp U2415 (2x)
Case Fractal Design Define R5 Black
Audio Device(s) Audioengine D3 USB DAC + Audioengine A5+ Black
Power Supply Be quiet! Straight Power 11 450W
Mouse Logitech MX1100R Wireless Rechargeable Laser Mouse
Keyboard Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro
none of the above ;)
All my important data is stored centrally on my NAS. I don't have to worry about backing my desktops/laptop.

NAS backup strategy:
My NAS automatically syncs twice a week with my old NAS, most things with versioning. The NAS's are on different floors, so in case of a small fire that should still be fine.
Once a month I manually sync my NAS with a USB disk (encrypted). At other moments I keep this disk disconnected, to protect against lightning/power surges.
Twice a week my most important data is automatically backed up to OneDrive & Google Drive (encrypted). I don't want to pay for the cloud storage, so that's limited to the utmost important things.
Twice a year I make a selection of some important data and burn it to a DVD. I keep all DVDs, so I have versioning again.

I could improve it by paying for some cloud storage, but I guess I'm pretty safe :cool:


lazy gamer & woodworker
Jun 29, 2021
46 (0.10/day)
System Name Arda
Processor AMD Ryzen 3900X
Motherboard Gigabyte X570-I AORUS Pro WiFi
Cooling Custom Loop - Aquacomputer, Optimus, EK, Bykski
Memory GSkill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2x16) DDR4-3200
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Gaming OC RX 6800XT
Storage SK Hynix P41 1TB
Display(s) VIOTEK 3440 x 1440 144 Hz Curved
Case XTIA Proto-XL
Audio Device(s) Schiit Modius + Schiit Jotunheim
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 850W Titanium
Mouse Xtrfy MZ1 Zy's Rail Wireless
Keyboard Rainkeebs Yasui - Custom 40% Ortholinear
Software Windows 11 Pro
I have a network share within the home server that runs Proxmox with the disks being mirrored within the ZFS pool (reasoning for mirrors over RAIDZ). Snapshots of this pool are taken on a regular schedule using the Sanoid tool and then sent to a local backup server once a week using Syncoid. I am currently working on building a larger and more robust backup than the old Ivy Bridge i3 that is in the current backup.
Sep 1, 2009
1,025 (0.21/day)
System Name Rebirth
Processor Intel i5 2500k @4.5Ghz
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Pro
Cooling Megahalem 120x25 x2 GT AP-15 Push/Pull
Memory 2x4Gb Corsair Vengeance
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X + MSI HD7950 TF3
Storage Samsung 840 Pro 120 SSD + Seagate 7200.12 1TB + 500gig WD + 3TB Hitachi
Display(s) X-Star Glossy DP2710
Case Antec 1200
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar STX
Power Supply Antec CP-850
Software Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
I have a network share within the home server that runs Proxmox with the disks being mirrored within the ZFS pool (reasoning for mirrors over RAIDZ). Snapshots of this pool are taken on a regular schedule using the Sanoid tool and then sent to a local backup server once a week using Syncoid. I am currently working on building a larger and more robust backup than the old Ivy Bridge i3 that is in the current backup.
I have a similar server except i have ESXi and my Dual RAIDZ2 is backed up to another RAIDZ2 in the same rack. Not the best but i dont have data in there that is so important that if my house burned down i would lose out. All the important digital data, pictures of Kids are online.
Oct 25, 2018
655 (0.46/day)
System Name Merc v5
Processor I7-8700K
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra
Cooling be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
Memory 32GB 3600MHz
Video Card(s) Asus TUF RTX 3080 V2
Storage 1x 980 500GB, 2x 970 EVO 1TB, 1x WD Blue 6TB
Display(s) LG UltraGear 34GP950G-B
Case CaseLabs Mercury S8
Audio Device(s) Edifier S351DB
Power Supply Seasonic TX-750
Mouse Logitech G600
Keyboard Ducky One's
VR HMD Index
Software W11Pro
Benchmark Scores -
I run an automatic backup of several important files to my NAS. Non critical stuff, like some humongous games (steam mostly), I back up manually to my NAS.
I also make manual backups to an external hard drive cause it eases my mind.
Jul 2, 2020
44 (0.05/day)
I'm a hobbyist photographer, so I'm a bit paranoid about backups. I use Macrium Reflect to image everything up to 2 external SSDs monthly. I keep 1 at home and 1 at work. I also have an external HDD where I keep a physical copy of the files as an archive (I only add files to it). Oh and a Backblaze subscription just in case...
Aug 23, 2013
395 (0.12/day)
I don't have much valued data. So I just have One drive to sync My Documents and that is it.
Jan 14, 2019
3,211 (2.36/day)
Midlands, UK
System Name Nebulon-B Mk. 3
Processor Intel Core i7-11700 @ ASUS Optimized (200 W)
Motherboard ASUS TUF B560M-Plus (WiFi)
Cooling be quiet! Silent Loop 2 280 mm
Memory 2x 16 GB Kinston Fury Beast RGB 3200 MHz
Video Card(s) ASUS TUF Radeon RX 6500 XT @ 2975/2400
Storage 1 TB Crucial P5, 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus
Display(s) Samsung C24F390, 7" Waveshare touchscreen
Case Corsair Crystal 280X black
Audio Device(s) Genius SP-HF160, AKG Y50
Power Supply Seasonic Prime GX-750
Mouse Cherry MW 8 Advanced
Keyboard MagicForce 68
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Cinebench R23 multi core: 14,000, single core: 1,500. Superposition 1080p Extreme: 2,935.
I've always said: if you need a proper job done, do it yourself. So my answer is: manual copy. I've got several external HDDs for important and less important stuff. I'm also planning to arrange family photos for blu-ray M-disc backup later.


There is Always Moar
Apr 9, 2010
8,426 (1.85/day)
Rochester area
System Name RPC MK2.5
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus Pro V2
Cooling Enermax ets-t50
Memory CL16 BL2K16G36C16U4RL 3600 1:1 micron e-die
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE RTX 3070 Ti GAMING OC
Storage ADATA SX8200PRO NVME \512GB Intel 545s ssd \500GB ADATA SU800 ssd 3TB Spinner
Display(s) 1440p Dell
Case Phanteks P300 /w 300A front panel conversion
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply HX 750i
Mouse Kone burst Pro
Keyboard redragon k580 vata /w QMK-ORGB
Software Windows 11 +startisallback
buy a new 500GB sata ssd every 6 months and bury it in the backyard .....
Jan 22, 2007
634 (0.11/day)
Round Rock, TX
System Name Teh Beast
Processor i9 12900k
Motherboard Asus STRIX Z690-E
Cooling Noctua U12A Chromax
Memory 32GB G.Skill T5 DDR5 6000Mhz
Video Card(s) Asus Strix 3080 12GB OC
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) LG 38" 38GL950G
Case Lian Li o11 Air Mini
Power Supply EVGA 850W
Software WIndows 11 Pro
Manual copy -- Well, Manual but automated :)

My raid lun in my linux host (which serves as a SMB share for everything else) gets sync'd once a week with a single spinning hdd via rsync (Just to have it in 2 places)
Also gets backed up to USB and cold stored, although not as often as I Probably should.
Jun 16, 2013
1,287 (0.38/day)
System Name Current gaming rig + others...
Processor Core i7-11700K@5x50x, 3x51x / FX-8350@stock / Phenom II X6 1055T@stock
Motherboard MSI Z590 Unify / Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 / Asrock 890GM Pro3 R2.0
Cooling Cryorig R1 Ultimate+2xCorsair ML140 / Gigabyte MA620P / Thermaltake NiC F4
Memory 32GB kit NeoForza@4600 CL19 / G.Skill F3-2133C11Q-16GAO / 8GB kit Patriot viper7@2000Mhz
Video Card(s) RX 6800 XT / R9 Nano / 2 x HD7870 GHz edition
Storage 2x Kingston KC3000 1TB / Samsung 850 Pro 250GB / WD Blue 250GB SSD
Display(s) Samsung 32" Odyssey G5 / Numerous Philips 27 + 28" LCD panels...
Case Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Rev.B / Lots of nice cheap cases!
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar AE 7.1+Razer Tiamat 7.1/, Onboard for the rest of them...
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x V2 /Corsair RM750x V2 / Silverstone SST-ST55F-G
Mouse MSI Interceptor DS300 + Lots of optical mice!
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth /steelseries 6G V2
Software Win10 x64 x 3
Does windows system restore count? that's just one strategy I use atm.


Block Caption of Rainey Street
Dec 18, 2008
1,942 (0.39/day)
System Name Computer
Processor 1700X
Motherboard CH6
Cooling Custom Loop
Memory G.Skill 32GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1070
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 Evo Msata
Display(s) LG 23" IPS
Power Supply Seasonic 760 Platinum
Software Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Personal I use GDrive and OneDrive. I backed up our wedding photos to S3 as well. Now work... that's a whole different ballgame... Backed up to onsite and offside via MPLS and cloud solutions.
Mar 28, 2018
1,499 (0.91/day)
System Name Space Heater MKIV
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS WiFi
Cooling Noctua NH-U14S, 3x Noctua NF-A14s
Memory 2x16GB Team T-Force Dark Z DDR4-3600 C18 1.35V
Video Card(s) PowerColor RX 6800 XT Red Devil (2150MHz, 240W PL)
Storage 1TB WD Black SN750, 1TB WD Blue SN570, 2x1TB Crucial MX500 (striped array), LG WH16NS40 BD-RE
Display(s) Monoprice 35" 3440x1440p 100Hz
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
Audio Device(s) Edifier R1700BT, Samson SR850
Power Supply Corsair RM850x, CyberPower CST135XLU
Mouse Logitech MX Master 3
Keyboard Logitech G610 Orion Brown
Software Windows 10 LTSC 2021
I've been using Macrium Reflect to do weekly backups of my entire system to my server. It does a full backup on the first Monday of the month and then does differential ones after that.

At the beginning of each month, I delete old backups to regain space.
Jul 16, 2014
7,573 (2.52/day)
SE Michigan
System Name Dumbass
Processor AMD FX-9370
Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 +SB950
Cooling Artic Liquid Freezer 2 - 420mm
Memory G.Skill Sniper 16gb DDR3 2400
Video Card(s) GreenTeam 1080 Gaming X 8GB
Storage Samsung EVO 500gb & 1Tb, 2tb HDD
Display(s) 1x Nixeus NX_EDG27, 2x Dell S2440L (16:9)
Case Phanteks Enthoo Primo w/8 140mm SP Fans
Audio Device(s) onboard (realtek?) - SPKRS:Logitech Z623 200w 2.1
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Logitech G604
Keyboard Logitech G910 Orion Spark
Software windows 10
Benchmark Scores https://i.imgur.com/aoz3vWY.jpg?2
I wrote a powershell script to back up certain files to multiple locations, although it only doing 1 file atm. And than I am using File History for (folder) backing up the rest of what I want.
Aug 2, 2012
1,171 (0.32/day)
System Name TheDeeGee's PC
Processor Intel Core i7 11700
Motherboard ASRock Z590 Steel Legend
Cooling Noctua NH-D15
Memory Crucial Ballistix 3200/C16 32GB
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 AERO OC
Storage Crucial P5 1TB, Crucial BX500 1TB, Crucial BX500 2TB
Display(s) EIZO CX240
Case Fractal Design Define 7
Audio Device(s) Creative SoundBlaster ZxR
Power Supply Seasonic Fanless TX-700
Mouse Logitech G500s
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Benchmark Scores None, don't care. As long as my games runs smooth.
Manual Offline backups.

I got various 2,5 Inch HDDs in USB enclosures.


Mar 13, 2014
5,431 (1.74/day)
Processor i7 7700k
Motherboard MSI Z270 SLI Plus
Cooling CM Hyper 212 EVO
Memory 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2070 Super
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB and WD Black 4TB
Display(s) Dell 27 inch 1440p 144 Hz
Case Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply EVGA SuperNova 850 W Gold
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Logitech G105
Software Windows 10
I keep everything of importance on both of my laptops and my gaming desktop. Also it all goes to my two USB drives. Every year I buy two more drives and the old drives go to my safe deposit at the bank. Maybe I'm just being too careful but I like knowing that it's almost impossible to lose any files this way.

I'm a bit surprised that on a tech enthusiast site 15% say they don't do backups.
Jul 5, 2013
20,641 (6.11/day)
Many of you know I am a strong advocate of backups and data redundancy. Would it surprise any of you to know that I do all of it manually?

I've always said: if you need a proper job done, do it yourself. So my answer is: manual copy.
Same here.
I'm also planning to arrange family photos for blu-ray M-disc backup later.
That's how I do most of my backups. Some of them are even encrypted with an uncrackable cypher.
Jan 18, 2020
267 (0.27/day)
Cloud via iperius, Google backup and sync.

Both are free, no idea why you wouldn't use for important data.