TSA#38 – Back up

Aug 6, 2012 by

This is your friendly reminder that computers do break, and hard drives do crash and they will take with it all of your precious photos, music, documents etc and you need to back up those files so you don’t lose them.

My hard drive crashed a couple weeks ago.  Just died.  No warning, no freezing or clicking noises.  It just worked one day and was gone the next.  And on this particular hard drive was ALL MY FILES.  All of my media.  Over 13+ years of digital pictures, hundreds and hundreds of hours of my music collection, all my documents from forever, gone.  Because I am smart, I had all of if backed up online with Crashplan and was able to get all of those files back.  It did take some time to download all of those files but thankfully I got them all back and they were not lost.

So now, instead of saying to yourself, “yeah I really need to backup my files”, do something about it.  Actually backup your files. It would SUCK to lose all of those pictures and music and such.  A lot of our memories are now digital and if your computer is ever stolen, or damaged or just crashes you want to have those files safe somewhere.

Here is a great guide on how to back up your computer to an external drive.  I also recommend an offsite backup system like Crashplan as well.

Do yourself a giant favor and get this done this week.  When, not if, something happens to your data you will thank me and look like a genius.

I could have lost all my pictures including great ones like this one of Monty in a cowboy hat.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.








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