We live in a world that is digital: files, pictures, music, movies, documents and more. What would you do if you lost it all? Imagine waking up tomorrow and all the pictures of your family are gone or all of your documents about your upcoming house move. I am not here to tell you what tool you should use to back up your data, I am here to tell you to do it.
Nike is Right: Just Do It
Every backup method has pros and cons and you need to weigh what will work for you. You can do a manual file copy or have a fully automated, versioned backup of your data. There are programs from numerous companies and some are free and some are paid. Don’t get bogged down in the choice and avoid doing a backup. Like Nike, Just Do It.
So if you currently are not doing anything to back up your files, STOP EVERYTHING you are doing. Well finish this blog first, but then go out to your closest store and buy a USB hard drive. When you get back plug it into your computer and start copying all your files to the USB drive. This might not be a complete backup of your computer but it will at least help you if you lost your original copy of the files.
It Gets Easier After the First Time
This is the simplest way to get a backup of your files. Yes it is manual, yes it requires you to manage the USB drive and its directories if you want to store multiple copies, but you now have a backup. There is a great tool called FreeFileSync, it can help reduce the time it takes to copy your files. It pretty much does what it says, it synchronizes two directories (great for a backup) and it is free. You basically point it at your source files and then at your destination. And in a few click after that you have your backup running.
The next time you follow the same process, this time it will take less time as it will move only the changes to the destination.
We know that our files are important and we take them for granted, and when they are gone it is a mess. We all have excuses, I forgot, I don’t have time, I don’t know how. But like anything, those are really just excuses. There is always solutions … a to do in your calendar, set it up to do it automatically while you are sleeping, hire a company etc. ect.
In the end please backup your data, do something, do anything to back up. The quick backup method above will at least get you started until you find a permanent solution that makes your life easier.
Do you have any horror stories about lost files? It would help if others heard your stories.
If you have any questions about the simple method above or any other backup tools or processes, give us a call. We love to talk.