Thursday, March 31, 2011

Data Backups.... Do you make them?

Backing up your data is very important, and most people will just procrastinate on the matter until its too late.

Backing up your data is easier than you think, and a small investment of time will keep you from ripping your hair out when your device decides its time to quit.

I can't think of a better example than myself. I am an IT student at a local college, that means Word documents, Powerpoints, txt files with notes in them, visual basic code, and other stuff like digital copies of teacher handouts.
I carry an 8GB flash drive almost everywhere I go, and it has my entire college career on it. Old stuff, new stuff, it doesn't matter, because I rest easy when the data is on hand.
Everyday when I get home, I plug in my flash drive, and right click my college folder, and tell it to go to my documents, both on my Big Rig, and on my netbook.
this is my third flash drive. I've lost one at school, and another to the washing machine at home.
I always have a spare on hand, even if it is smaller than 8GB, so that I can recover from what would normally be a disaster without much trouble at all. that kind of data integrity is a must have for a student.

Lets say your backups are of data for a business....
For example, you and three others have spent the last two weeks using adobe to take footage of an event from three different sources, and a dedicated audio track to make a DVD.
But a hard drive has decided its done, and takes all that work with it, all those Man-hours spent, just to be wasted.

Get an external Hard drive, and some blank DVDs, and make sure that the chaotic world of technology doesnt catch you with your pants down.

Enough of this long winded rant.
TL;DR : Don't be lazy. Backup your data now for peace of mind later.

36 comments:

  1. I definitely do data back ups! Absolutely critical. Great post. Followed.

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  2. I just started backing up my data because I have so many vacation photos and pictures of other important events that I cannot afford to lose, great post!

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  3. I usually make a data backup roughly every two months or so. I have a lot of data to lose, so I try to stay safe.

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  4. I'm paranoid with my backups. I've had way too many HD failures.

    Great blog, man. Keep it up!

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  5. I started backing up recently after many years of not backing up... Learned it the hard way.

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  6. yeah man it sucks when you got something important and then BOOOM lost to oblivion. Happened to me once Feels bad man....

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  7. i literally just had to wipe my iphone and i lost all my numbers. i wish i had backed that up! hah

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  8. I knocked my external hard drive off a table about a week ago and lost everything I had backed up. Luckily I still have everything of critical importance saved in more than one place.

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  9. I don't really backup many files, but I probably should. Thanks for raising awareness for me!

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  10. Argh, I really do know I need to back up, I have lots of stuff I can't afford to lose. Only thing is I really can't be bothered :\

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  11. I have several hard drives dedicated for backups.

    and a few days ago was back up your world day I believe..

    good post.

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  12. I've never really thought of it like that..
    I think I'll do it right now though!
    Great read, thanks.

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  13. The only thing I'm really afraid of losing is all of my music. But thanks for the info, I do a lot my computer...better safe than sorry.

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  14. I have a 1 TB HD, but it is barely full :) I guess I oughta back it up!

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  15. I do them sometimes. I do have an external hard drive. I should probably back up more often though.

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  16. I lost a lot of data because I was too lazy to back it up. Never making that mistake again

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  17. I never realised the importance of backing up until I lost my assignment.... I do atleast once a week now.

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  18. i never do. i guess this applies to me

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  19. thats really smart. will do. followed.

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  20. I use two 1TB drives, one as backup.
    Almost lost my entire drive once, not happening again.

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  21. Nice post! following and supporting

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  22. Does time machine on the Mac automatically do this?

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  23. Very useful, I always backup my important files such as .docs and .ppt

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  24. @pezaseid I am unsure, I really dont follow anything news on apple products.

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  25. I do that too because it's important for me +followed

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  26. Maybe I'll do that now just in case

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  27. I'm an I.t and graphic design student, I work with computers a lot but I stupidly never back up, ha. I know that I should but I just never really have the time to do so....
    (when I mean backup I mean like to a separate hard drive just in case the whole system frys)

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  28. Could not agree more about backups!!!!

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  29. I should start backing up my files.

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  30. yup got myself an external hard drive
    following

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  31. I learned this the hard way.

    bigunicorn.blogspot.com

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