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Backup your computer's data files NOW!

We have all been told a million times about the importance of backing up your important computer files. Many of us even have automated processes to accomplish this. The thing is that computer configurations, online services and even local settings can change resulting in no backups.

Take the time to check your backup scheme and verify that is is working. If you don't have a backup scheme, get one.

At home and work I use a scheduler program called Handy Backup that copies files from one place to another such as another computer on the network, or network attached storage or even a jump drive. Jump drives are very cheap now so nobody should be without a means to backup files.

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Ellis wrote on October 1, 2014, 12:22 PM

You even found a pic of my favourite spider....they are only about 6cm across but they actually watch you ...amazing little guys...oh yeah, right...back up...

Feisty56 wrote on October 1, 2014, 12:39 PM

I have no idea what a jump drive is, but if you'd write a post about the various backup methods for our computers, I bet I'd find out.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 1, 2014, 12:40 PM

Excellent reminder. Thanks for sharing info about the program you use. I need to check that out!

MegL wrote on October 1, 2014, 1:30 PM

I have found the best for me is to use DropBox. I have all my important documents and photos in there. Every so often, I rename the file and is stores everything again in pack rat for ever!

Scorpie wrote on October 1, 2014, 1:30 PM

I play with jumping spiders all the time at my wood processing site. You stick your finger out and they will jump on it. Then they will jump back and you can do this all day.

BarbRad wrote on October 1, 2014, 3:42 PM

Thanks. I'm about to start using an external disk drive to back up some files. Can I use the same drive to simply share files like photo files between on computer and another?

Scorpie wrote on October 1, 2014, 7:43 PM

Most USB connected drives will work on any computer.

AliCanary wrote on October 1, 2014, 7:55 PM

I'm kinda happy that a lot of stuff is in the cloud, like my emails and whatnot. I have got important photographs and doc files saved on flash drives in a fire-proof box, though.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 1, 2014, 9:42 PM

One of the most prevalent issues when a computer fails for whatever reason, is hearing the owner complain they've lost data....

paigea wrote on October 1, 2014, 11:59 PM

A good reminder and something I have never done! I guess I should figure it out.

GemOfAGirl wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:12 AM

I've always been pretty good at keeping backups, but the lesson was brought home to me in spectacular fashion several years ago when my computer's motherboard got blown out by a bolt of lightning. I lost about two weeks' worth of stuff that day.

poddys wrote on October 2, 2014, 10:32 AM

You never truly appreciate the need to backup until you lose something important, and whether that's email, documents, or personal photos or videos, it's a hard loss and often no way to get that data back again.

I use Cobian Backup (free) and not only can I set up scheduled backups to an external drive, or to another system, I can set up multiple backups, so I can for example backup my email daily, but my photos/videos weekly.
It also takes Full backups and Differential/Incremental ones, so in between the "time consuming" full backups, you can backup just those files that have changed.

I have 2 external hard drives attached to a desktop system, and I backup our laptops across the home wireless network, so I can back them up without having to plug anything in, which is really good.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 10:54 AM

That's how I do it. I have several flash drives, two 1tb external hard drives and, believe it or not, Verbatim disks! I also use SD memory cards to store photos I have taken.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 10:55 AM

I am happy with the methods I currently use but I had a look at that Handy Backup you recommended and it looks very capable.

nbaquero wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:25 AM

scorpie thanks for the reminder, it is critical to have a copy of our most valuable files on a separate device.

LarrySells wrote on October 3, 2014, 4:24 AM

I have everything on jump drives

Scorpie wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:27 AM

That's the best way to go these days.

oldies909 wrote on October 6, 2014, 2:43 AM

I save all my files to my email easier to access from any computer anywhere.

somedsatisfied wrote on October 18, 2014, 8:40 PM

I love that little spider so much! We get little black and white ones here.

rustedmemory wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:23 PM

I always have problems with jump drives and external drives, but they are still a lot better than paying hundred of dollars retrieving data!

Jadecat777 wrote on October 24, 2014, 4:00 AM

This sounds like Greek to me, and honestly I don't even know how to back-up my computer. I guess one day I will have to learn that.

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:25 PM

I have lost work in the past through not backing things up - it is a hard lesson to learn