Hey all. When was the last time you backed up your files? Take some time and do that, k?
As I sat here listening to the thunderstorms roll in, I remembered to backup my files. But, you know, the last time my computer crashed, it was a bright, sunny day. My computer had just had enough. It died. The harddrive went soft. And I lost everything I hadn't remembered to backup. We call it The Great Computer Crash of 2006. And I live in fear that it will happen again.
My books were fine. I back those up every time I make a change. Every single time. And I back them up by emailing them to my Gmail account. Plus, when I backup to USB Drive, I put those on there, too, so I don't lose anything pertinent that wasn't in the book's file itself. This time it was book covers - because I know damn well those aren't anywhere else.
No, what I lost was a good bit of picture files. Including almost all of my baby pictures for Kira Kitty. She was so tiny back then it's almost hard to believe, and I don't have the pics to prove it anymore.
Now, since I take a boatload of pics, and I never throw anything out, I need a 32GB stick just to keep them all - and soon I will have to go to a 64GB stick. I do have one of those. It's got everything I need on it, and it's sitting in my safety deposit box.
Oh yeah, I should mention that it's a wise idea to make sure you have a backup off site. In case of emergencies, doncha know. If your house burns down, all your files will be safe. Or if a tornado blows through. You get my drift. If you don't have a safe deposit box, send a copy to a friend or a family member - someone you trust to not go waltzing through your files - as long as they live somewhere else. Don't want your backups in the same general area as your hard drive, just in case.
Yeah, I need to practice what I preach because I know darn well the drive in the box needs updating. What a pain in the buns. Still, it's worthwhile to do it.
Because the last thing you want is to lose months worth of precious files and pics and words. You'll never rebuild them. Trust me.
What about you? How often do you backup? Use a thumb or a CD, or do you leave it to the cloud?