Set a Regular Schedule to Backup Your Files
Posted on November 17, 2005Are you backing up those important computer files on a regular basis? If you are not then right now is a good time to start. At least implement a plan. A new website called Backup Awareness offers some tips to help you keep on a backup schedule.
If you aren't backing up at all or not backing up your files on a regular basis you are not alone. A recent study by by Maxtor Corporation found that many Americans are flirting with digital disaster when it comes to a failure to back up their files. The poll of 2,299 adults, conducted by Harris Interactive in late July, found that 35% of U.S. adults never back up their files, and a 76% of those who do back up their files don't do it frequently. 44% of U.S. adult computer users overall said that they have lost important data or digital files stored on their computer or laptop, as a result of a computer virus, a hardware or software malfunction, or for some other reason.
- Develop a backup schedule.
Back up your data daily or at minimum weekly.
- Back up everything.
Today you can easily back up all of your hard drive data. No need to spend time sorting through every file or folder. Invest in a storage solution that's twice the size of your internal hard drive, to give your system room to grow.
- Do it automatically.
Set it and forget it. Use a solution that's easy to set up and provides automatic backups.
- Rotate backups.
Give yourself added protection incase of an earthquake, fire, flood, or theft. Use two drives and rotate one offsite.
- Don't procrastinate.
Unfortunately, the need to back up data is often a lesson learned from a bitter experience. Don't let it happen to you. Protect yourself!
Note: The Backup Awareness site is no longer available but that is no excuse to forget to do your regular backups!