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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March 31st is World Backup Day

Mar 31, 2011 by

Who knew that there was such a thing?

Well apparently there is, and its today.

What is World Backup Day you ask?   Well its simply a reminder that you should backup your data.  All of your digital files, pictures, music etc are fragile and they need to be protected.  Computers crash.  Hard drives fail.  Natural disasters happen.

You need to make sure you have a copy of those files somewhere as a backup, and thus here we are on World Backup Day.

How/Where to backup your files:

  • A USB thumbdrive – Good for quick backups of a few important files, but it may not have enough room to backup everything.  If you don’t have one, I recommend you get one.
  • An external harddrive – Great for backing up all your data.  Its quick, and hard drives are cheap.  But what happens if your water heater breaks and floods your whole house and wipes out both your computer and your backup?
  • Backing up online – This is a great solution to always have a copy of your files stored somewhere else that is safe.  The downside of this is that it may be slow to upload all of these files the first time, but after that it only updates changes to the files.

So what should you do?

All three and then some.

I recommend having a USB thumbdrive for your really important files.  Store it in a safe or safety deposit box if you have either, otherwise somewhere safe and dry.

I also recommend a good external hard drive – Great for backing up all your data.  Its quick, and hard drives are cheap. to have a local copy of all of your files on hand.  Hard drives are cheap these days and it really really sucks to lose an important document or some memories in all of your digital pictures.

And finally a good online backup solution is needed.  I use Dropbox, and LOVE it, for all my important files I work with everyday so I always have the latest copy where ever I need them.  I also use Carbonite for ALL of my files, and they are OK.  I have backed up 467GB of data with them (thats a lot) and they have worked fairly well over the years.  I had some trouble when I switched from XP to Windows 7 on my desktop machine.  I’m also looking at other online backup solutions such as Crashplan, or Backblaze.

I’ve had computers die on me.  I’ve had hard drives crash.  Its a HORRIBLE feeling to realize you lost some very important file or those great pictures from your last trip.  Don’t let this happen to you and backup your data today.


If you’ve got any questions on any of this, let me know in the comments.

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