In recent years, I’ve had two computer crashes. Both of them could have been disastrous had I not backed up my files. Having experienced the loss of an occasional document because of a power outage, I became extra cautious about backing up. Now I use Carbonite, a backup external hard drive, and a flash drive.
So what should you back up? Anything and everything that is important to you, particularly all the files related to your writing. Here is what I back up:
- My writing files.
- My photos, including photos of my house.
- My financial information and business files.
- My client files (I own a writing, coaching, and translation business).
- My address book.
- My calendar.
- My important personal and household documents.
While what you back up is important, when you back up is also important. Set aside a time each day–preferably at the end of your workday–when you back up your info. Also, the more backups you have, the better. Today, with iCloud, you can even set up a place in Cyberspace to backup. After one of my computer crashes, were it not for Carbonite I would have lost all of my files, including my entire contact list.
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Prevent the loss of your important documents by backing them up before a computer crash.
Have you experienced a computer crash with the loss of important documents?
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