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Old 07-10-2006, 09:55 PM   #1
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I used to record my brewing info on paper. Then I just started using promash and kept everything on my laptop.

Here's why that was bad practice. When you laptop drive fails you lose all your info!

All my recipes that I have created in the last year are toast. Augh!
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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Sorry to here about the drive....
Did you try taking it somewhere to be examined?
A lot of people/places say to get rid or it and want to sell you a new one.
It is possible to recover info from a toasted drive..it all depends on how bad it is ..and if you want to spend the $.
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:46 PM   #3
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Thats why I have my external harddrive. Great for backing up pictures and beer recipes.
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
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Same thing happened to me, except that I usually print out a paper copy from promash when I go to buy the ingredients, so I have a paper backup. The other recipes I lost I found from my posts on this site. Now if I can just get that windows emulator software so that promash works on my new mac...
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:03 AM   #5
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The new OS is supposed to give you the option of booting in Tiger or windows. I think you have to get a trial version to test the viability of the program.
I've found a couple of programs for the Mac (for free), but nothing quite like ProMash.

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:39 AM   #6
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Or save to a floppy/CD/email it yourself every time you update your log. I always do that with important files after losing my hard drive a couple years ago (luckily before I brewed).

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:49 AM   #7
I use secondaries. :p
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Originally Posted by uwmgdman
Or save to a floppy/CD/email it yourself every time you update your log. I always do that with important files after losing my hard drive a couple years ago (luckily before I brewed).
ditto that. I have free email accounts (hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc) and I use those accounts to back-up important files.

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:53 AM   #8
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I'm pretty sure when our techies were setting up my new work machine, they told me they could install a second hard drive to run alongside the regular drive, bacfking everything up on the fly. I don't know my terminology, but I'm pretty sure they do that with some servers. When it comes time to replace the work machine, I may investigate whether getting something like that set up is feasible. Thankfully, the techie in question lives right next door; maybe a pint or two of homebrew can gain me some technical assistance.

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Old 07-11-2006, 02:47 AM   #9
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I have 2 big empty journals and 1 journal just started for just these notes. I much prefer written to typing.

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Old 07-11-2006, 04:23 AM   #10
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I do both computer & a notebook. I wish my former brewing partner had taken better notes. I'm afraid the recipe for Stiffy died with him. I've worked out the grainbill, I think, but he NEVER wrote down the hopping! He hopped by guess & by golly, but he made some fine brews.
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