If you’ve ever attended one of our Geeks on Tour seminars called ‘Safe Computing’, you know how much we preach backups.
BACKUP!! BACKUP!! BACKUP!!
Everyone will someday experience a computer crash, or mistakenly delete a file, or overwrite important data. It’s not a matter of *if* it’s just a matter of *when.*
If you have a backup of your data, then the loss is a minor nuisance involving the time to find your backup and restore it to it’s proper place. If you don’t have a backup it can be catastrophic.
There are *so* many ways to make backups. You need to investigate the choices, understand your files and what you have to back up. And, last, set up a procedure to follow.
I use an external hard drive and a free software called ‘Karen’s Replicator.’ You need to spend a little bit of time configuring Karen’s Replicator, but I love how customizable it is. For example, I can set it to backup my accounting records once a week, my email address book once a month, and my website development work every day.
I also like that it is a file by file copy. So it is very easy to find a file I need to recover and just copy it. No need for a Restore program or procedure.