Saved by the backup – Do you have a backup plan in place?
As per usual, I was working in my database and had modified a form and module, as well as removed a module I no longer needed. I accidentally hid MZ tools “add Line numbers” function, which proceeded to add line numbers to all my code modules, and then requested a save. Well as I didn’t really want the line numbers now, I didn’t wish to save, so I clicked cancel, and then proceeded to close the database so I could resume work.
The database opened fine, but when I went to VBE I got the message “File could not be found”. Now I have seen this message before, and I am fairly sure it has something to do with the module I removed, combined with other “triggers”. Anyway, I hadn’t manually taken a copy of this file for a day or so. I usually take manual copies once a day, or when I feel it is appropriate. Sometimes it might be more of a “Lets try this idea” copy, then actual versioning.
Regardless, the current file, while perhaps not a total loss, was not something I felt comfortable continuing working in. So I opened up my CrashPlan application (automatic Cloud backup), navigated to the folder, selected the folder and could see the versions stored by Crashplan.
I could simply go ahead and select the version from just 15 minutes ago, and hit restore. 15 seconds later I had my file and I was ready to work again.
I’ve been using CrashPlan as my backup tool for 3 years now, and have used the restore functionality a couple of times. 2 times for actual backup of a file, and I think maybe another 2 or 3 times as a way of getting to a file I didn’t have on my current PC, by using their website. I have their Family plan which allows me to use online backup for up to 10 computers. That covers my 2 home PCs, as well as my work laptop, and 2 laptops given to my by clients, for when I work on their systems.
From my personal PC, its about 125gb (and counting) worth of images that is my primary backup concern, and of course from my work PCs its several years of samples, work documents, and database files I want to retain.
So ask yourself:
Do you have a backup plan in place?
Is it a “set-n-forget” solution? Or something that you have to manual spend time both doing (and remembering!!)
And should you decide its time to update your backup or backup provider, well my recommendations go to CrashPlan