My answer was then deleted by a moderator with a reason of:
“Your answer does not answer the original question.”
Is there something I could have done differently in my answer to make it less likely to be deleted, while still expressing the challenge to the frame of the question?
And if frame challenges are allowed, per the above-linked Meta question, why was my question deleted with the “Your answer does not answer the original question” reason?
The question was:
I've recently decided to pony up the cash to create a personal backup of my whole PC. I'll be storing the drive on-site (in my house), and am more concerned with data security than physical security.
I've heard things about storing your backup drives in fireproof lockboxes, and have noted a few articles about geomagnetic storms and whatnot being a concern for data security.
However, I haven't managed to find any articles that specifically go into physical storage of your backup drives, and what equipment (fireproof/faraday bags, heat resistant safes, etc) to use for optimal data safety.
So, I was wondering what factors I need to keep in mind, and what sort of equipment I should be looking for, to keep my backup hard drive safe and secure for a good long while. I've taken a glance at this article, which covers static and moisture, but are there any other important factors (like what might occur during a house fire) to keep in mind?
My answer was:
More important than protection against fire, static, moisture, or electromagnetic pulses from nuclear weapons is getting that backup copy off-site. As you research backup strategies, you'll hear a lot about the "3-2-1" rule. That's 3 copies of your data (the original, and two backups), on 2 different kinds of media, with 1 of the copies taken off-site.
If your house burns down or is flooded, or if a thief breaks in, you're as likely to lose the in-house backup as you are to lose the original data on your PC. So, to protect against this, get your backup (be it tape, or a flash drive, or an external hard drive) away from your house.
Your mom's house.
Your place of work.
A friend's house. (Trade -- you keep their drive, they keep your drive. Encrypt it, even if you trust them.)
A safe deposit box at your bank.
A vendor, like Iron Mountain. (Not practical for personal use; including it here because it is sometimes the right option in a business situation.)