3 Tools to Backup Your Obsidian Vaults
Windows Backup/Apple Time Machine
The first type of backup is to use what’s built into your computer. This will mainly be either Windows or MacOS so you should use Windows Backup and File History and Time Machine respectively.
Ideally you should set these up to use an external drive to provide further protection in case anything happens to your computer. This can be done easily in their settings. If you set them to do their default backup settings they should cover anywhere you put your Obsidian vaults.
As well as relying on built in backup tools you should look to using something independent. My preference is to use Goodsync which will go through and only replace with changed files. It can also be scheduled to run automatically. The manual form of a syncing tool like this is to simply copy and paste the files and folders you want. Either way this should be done frequently and ideally again to an external drive of some kind.
The third form of backup is online. You should have copies of this locally but you should also have at least one form of offsite backup. I’m deliberately not including online file syncing services as backup. Although there is a lot of overlap with dedicated backup tools that isn’t their primary purpose and shouldn’t be solely relied upon for backup.
One example is Dropbox with its file history won’t sync some types of filenames (ones with emojis that Obsidian sync has no problem with) so you want something more robust and will just copy everything as is.
My current choice if online backup tool is Backblaze. This just works in the background to upload all your files by default. You can check and set exclusions to make sure that it doesn’t exclude your Obsidian vaults.
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