Resolve to Back Up Your Files

Resolve To Back Up Your Files

With 2014 coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about 2015. I know that many of us are making plans and thinking about resolutions.

What are the most popular resolutions? To lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with family and friends, or kick a bad habit? They’re all very worthy resolutions!

I have a suggestion for the digital scrapbooking part of your life:

Make this the year that you get your computer files fully backed-up.

Make this the year that you put in place a system where you have your files stored in three places:

  • One: The original version
  • Two: The local back-up copy (on a different drive than the original)
  • Three: The remote back-up copy

The more automated you can make this process the better. For example, I have an external hard drive (EHD) that automatically copies the contents of my computer. It works in the background so I don’t even have to do anything more than check it from time to time to make sure the copies are safely stored.

For a remote back-up, I use a remote back-up service. There are several available, with BackBlaze and CrashPlan seeming to be the most popular among digital scrapbookers. These are ideal because they work in the background and automatically upload the most current versions of files to the remote storage. You could also use a cloud storage system that you manually save files to, if you are able to do it on a consistent basis.

You can read more about backing up in these articles:

Having a back-up and recovery plan in place will be a great gift to your future self. Your files, especially your photos, are precious and irreplaceable.

In short: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!