Here’s the scenario, you come into work one morning, start your computer up and nothing happens. A technician checks it out and lets you know that your hard drive is fried. He’ll replace the hard drive and use your backup file to reload all of your Word files, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, your pictures, your music, etc.
Oops, you say, there’s a problem. You’ve never backed up your documents, what happens now? What happens is you’ve probably lost all your work forever! Scary thought, isn’t it.
All that work that you often refer back to is now gone. Please don’t let it happen to you. As I’ve gone around campus recently, I’ve run into more and more people who do not back their files up. You are running a terrible risk. I’ve had experience with a faculty member losing a 300 page document, a student losing an entire semesters work, papers, presentations, everything. It’s heartbreaking.
Don’t let it happen to you!
What to back up
The general rule is; back up any files you cannot afford to lose. Some suggestions:
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint files you have created
- Bank records and other financial information
- Digital photographs
- Software you purchased and downloaded from the internet
- Music you purchased and downloaded from the internet
- Personal projects
- Your Internet Explorer bookmarks/favorites
Where to back up your files
The following are some storage devices and locations to consider.
- External hard drive
- USB flash drive
- Online backup and storage service (carbonite.com, box.com)
Make sure that no matter which device you use, it is protected from fire, water damage, misplacement, etc.
It is vitally important that you protect what you have created, do it today!