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How far back do your back-ups go (if a wood chuck could chuck backups)?

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I have started to save just a month's worth of backups and delete the older ones. Thought of this question after v.9 generated a totally new catalog.
 
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One per year for previous years, one per month for the last 12 months, and all the current month's backups will cover you for most contingencies. Cletus (if I remember correctly) claims to have gone back to quite an old backup to clear up a user-error problem. Zipped, catalogues don't take up much disk space, so it won't cost you too much.
 
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One per year for previous years, one per month for the last 12 months, and all the current month's backups will cover you for most contingencies. Cletus (if I remember correctly) claims to have gone back to quite an old backup to clear up a user-error problem. Zipped, catalogues don't take up much disk space, so it won't cost you too much.
Hal remembers correctly. Once I managed to delete all of the keywords from one image only to discover that I had 2000+ selected. Several months passed before I discovered my mistake.
I had to search at least 6 months worth of backup catalogs before I found one without the mistake.
Now I have an old EHD dedicated to receiving catalog backups. I never delete any and when the disk fills, I’ll remove the oldest and keep adding.


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How far back do your back-ups go?
Er, 2006. But that's not normal behavior!! :D

The furthest back I've needed to restore was 6 months, and that was due to a bug on an unreleased version. We all make mistakes though, so I'd lean towards Hal's suggestion of keeping backups at intervals.
 
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