No matter how organized or unorganized your digital life is, you need to have a backup plan. What would happen if your laptop was stolen at the airport or you dropped your phone in the toilet? Would your files and pictures be lost forever? It’s possible and this is why it is so important to have a plan to backup your digital files.
There are a couple of ways you can back up your laptop files:
1. To the cloud - whether you use iCloud, Carbonite or Dropbox - backing up your files to the cloud allows you to access your files in case of computer failure or loss. Trust me, I once had a major corruption on one of my laptops and I was instantly able to restore everything by using the restore feature on Carbonite. It was the best money I had ever spent on technology. Most of these programs will save changed files automatically so once you’ve done the backup the first time, you don’t have to think about it again.
2. A hard copy - You can also backup your computer using an external hard drive or even CDs or USB drives. These are great if your laptop becomes corrupted; however what if your home is broken into and the computer and the attached hard drive are stolen. Then you are out of luck. One way to deal with this is to have multiple back up options (meaning several hard drives or sets of CDs). Keep one copy off site (say at your mom’s or the office) at all times. It may not be the most recent version of your files but something is better than nothing.
I am a multiple backup kind of girl. I use Carbonite to backup everything on my laptop, my photos (and my husband’s) are instantly uploaded to Dropbox whenever we are connected to our home wi-fi. I also copy my pictures annually onto a CD for an extra step of safekeeping.
So many people I talk to don’t back up any of their files on a regular basis. This really makes me sad because it is very cheap, very easy and will save you a great deal of headache and frustration in the future. Please make your backup plan today!
How do you backup your important files?