Backups during solar storms
September 11, 2010 1:51 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to safeguard my backups from the effects of a solar storm? Should I worry about that at all?
posted by lord_yo to science & nature (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have about half a terabyte in media I don't want to lose. Currently, I do daily backups locally and online, and I feel reasonably safe about keeping my data even if the house burns down. But I've heard that the effects of solar storms / flares, about to come around in 2011-2012, could be disastrous on technical infrastructure, so I'm wondering what the best way to keep backups would be. Non-magnetic media such as DVDs? Some kind of Faraday cage around a portable HD? What's your advice?
(And please, do tell me if the whole solar storm thing is a tiny risk and I should focus on other aspects of good backups...)