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How Often Do You Backup Your Computer Files?

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing your computer files you know exactly how important it is to have a backup of those files.

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I’m amazed when I ask computer users the backup question how many have no clue what I’m talking about. They either think that computers are backed up automatically or they don’t recognize the common perils that all computer users face on a daily basis. But, I would think that somewhere down the line we might have heard things like: disc crash, fried motherboard, virus attack, stolen laptop, mistakenly deleted files or some other reason that could you’re your needed files disappear.

If your business data resides on your computer and you aren’t backing it up regularly then you are living on the edge. Even if you’re merely using your computer for personal use I’ll bet you have quite an investment in pictures, music, personal communication and the like that you’d hate to lose. If that’s the case, you need to learn how to protect your files.

With today’s technology there’s a backup solution for every budget and computer skill level. You’ve probably seen the commercial where a young couple on there wedding day are cautioned with the catch phrase “You’re about the lose everything.” Yes, that company sells an automated solution to your backup needs, but it’s not the only one.

My personal choice is to use a detachable external disc drive in combination with my anti virus software which allows me to select a regular backup schedule and the system reminds me when I need to backup my computer. The external disc drive has more than enough capacity to backup my entire computer and on weekly basis I backup any new or modified files. The software does all the work and determines what’s new and needs to be saved.

I also have a double redundancy approach for files that are so important to me that I want a separate file on separate backup device. For those special files I store a second copy on flash drive that is as small as your finger and yet can hold from 2 to 32 GB of data and on sale, at prices that fit even the leanest budget.

To some readers this may sound a bit over the top, but I’ve worked for large companies where we saved many generations of backups just in case. It’s better to have too many backups than not enough.

So what’s your backup strategy?

Thank you to guest blogger Oleg for sharing his suggestions with us.

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  • Meli September 29, 2012, 7:36 pm

    I have an external hard drive that is supposed to back up automatically on a preset schedule. I’m going to check with my IT person to make sure everything is still working correctly.
    I can’t imagine how I would feel if I lost something that I worked so hard to produce.

  • Sherry October 1, 2012, 8:23 pm

    Sure appreciate your advice, Oleg. I will have to review what I am doing now to backup my computer. It saddens me to think of what I would do without everything stored in my computer. Better be safe than be sorry.

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