Originally Posted by Kramy
I unplug mine so that if my computer ever gets hit by nefarious ransomeware, it can nuke everything internal... but it won't nuke my backups!
I haven't had a virus in over 10 years, but it seems like a more likely scenario than a PSU explosion or lightning strike. Regardless, same precautionary measure, so why not do it?
That is why I back up from a VM. If I got something nasty today it could not even touch my backup since the the VM with access to the drive isn't running and there is no pass through on the other VMs to the hard drives.
I need to set up way to automate the VM cycling on and doing a backup after a major change...like I got a couple new blurays this last week so I will be running another backup. Right now I have to manually start up the VM, but the backup will start automatically.
I highly suggest people to look into virtual machines...it makes life so much easier...and cheaper. It is very rare that you ever need all your MHz for one OS...my media machine is VM with a couple other VMs on the same hardware and I can still even play a lot of games on it. (as long as your hardware and software support GPU pass through it works well)