Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Years Back Up!

I have done mine, have you done yours? Computer data back up is what I am talking about! Nice way to start the new year, knowing all of your time consuming, hard work is protected! New year, new decade and I feel safe, my data is all backed up! That is a great feeling. Those who have lost data especially know what a great feeling this is. Thankfully, I have never lost my data and I hope I never experience anything so tragic, especially without a backup.

But I have to tell you, I did panic for a minute or two. I have a couple of methods of back up I use. I use Carbonite online as one of my methods. A few months ago I received a new laptop. It took me a long time to transfer everything, what I wanted and how I wanted it, plus I needed to learn Windows Vista. It was all a bit trying for this non-electronic gal. Eventually, I got through the task.

Today as I went to back up my files, I realized I hadn't seen Carbonite lately and couldn't remember seeing back ups with it or anything since I have been on the new laptop. Ok, time to dig in and find out what was going on! Had I renewed it? Was my data backed up there? Wow, I really did panic I tell you. All for naught however. Thank goodness! I am paid through June 2010, I did download it on my computer and everything is 100% backed up! I can not tell you what a relief that is! The thought of: Thinking I had it, my laptop crashing and finding out I didn't have it scared the beegeebers out of me!

Thankfully I do have a second backup which is done through Seagate. The scenario I panicked with actually wouldn't have been a real issue if it had truly happened, because I have a second backup method. Seagate is a portable system I have at home. Thanks to GeneaBloggers reminders I generally accomplish the task of physically making sure each month my data is protected. Because I do it often it takes no time at all to back up each month.

Spending a few minutes and a few dollars a month is well worth the stress if you have a tragedy, such as a computer crash, flood or earthquake etc. Do you have sufficient backup for your genealogy program, files, photos etc? Can you imagine loosing all of your data? Is it worth it?

If you are not backing up, and this means using more than one method also, it is time to do some research and find what systems might work best for you. And, if you haven't checked out your systems in awhile, you had better do that also. Don't just take for granted everything is working properly. I would hate to see you end up in the position I panicked over!

Thanks for Stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


2 comments:

  1. Good idea...mine automatically backs up every couple days...I only have files I use every day on my computer and they too are backed up regular...I think I'll post this question to facebook and see what I get...

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  2. You saw what you got! :-) I am going to do the same and see what I get.

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