Posted Jan 30, 2013 19:21 UTC (Wed) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630)
IMHO the answer to this question is: "the backup/restore tool must offer the same view of the backed-up data as the viewing tool offers for the original data".
That's fine if all the systems you might conceivably connect the backup device to run the same software. But once you move beyond hierarchical directories, that is unlikely to be the case.
Yes, a hierarchical directory structure full of files is the "lowest common denominator". But importantly, it's the lowest common denominator and is likely to be useful on any device or desktop.
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