|Thanks for the lift, SEKI H-552|
some couldn’t connect to the site at all:
some couldn’t print maps, and a number sent me worried emails stating that they no longer had any maps saved to their account.
While I normally find someone to keep an eye on CalTopo for me when I leave on long personal trips, there was no time to do so before this search, and the site was down for at least a day while I was off the grid.
What About My Data?
The lack of space caused database connection issues, which meant that CalTopo couldn’t pull back maps linked to individual accounts. The maps were never actually gone, and I didn’t have to do anything like restoring from a backup.
If something catastrophic were to happen, I back the database up to Amazon S3 nightly, so – again in theory – I should never lose more than a day’s worth of changes. I do occasionally download the nightly backups to a local drive in case my Amazon account credentials get compromised, but that would mean all kinds of problems.
If you’re still concerned about data preservation, you can back up maps locally by choosing “Download CalTopo Backup” under the Export menu. This is also a way to copy one map’s contents into another, while preserving line styles, comments and so forth.