Making Archive Backups of Obsidian
There are many ways to make backups and of different kinds generally.
What we want with our Obsidian vaults is to explicitly make archive backups. With archival backups they are not intented to be synced with the latest information but are a snapshot that can be referred to and reinstated if something catastrophic happens.
In discussing and guiding on how to synchronise with Obsidian vaults, especially with third party tools I mentioned some drawbacks and limitations.
This knowledge came the hard way through near total losses and finding out issues in hindsight.
I’ve had to do data backup recovery for my Obsidian vaults and it’s not pleasant. This isn’t necessarily specific to Obsidian but can easily happen with any data in any system. What can happen with relying on automated incremental backups or relying on syncing services with a history for backups is that problems and deletions can also be synced.
You may not even realise until a disaster whether things have been properly synced into a service and also recovering multiple files and folders at once is a complex pain, especially if they are linked together in some way.
So what you want is a snapshot of your entire vault.
To do this you are going to add everything in your Obsidian vault or vaults to an archive file, otherwise a zip file. You can do with with built in tools but my preference on any desktop device is to use 7-Zip which is free. Create an archive file with that, either zip or 7zip format and make sure to test it for no errors.
Then backup and copy that file somewhere using your normal backup systems. It will never need to change only ever used in case of emergency.
Ideally you should be creating these monthly to weekly at the very least.
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