4 Ways to Backup Your Files and Stop Playing Russian Roulette With Your Data

Some of you are living on the edge of financial ruin. Not because you're not a good money manager – you are. Not because you're bad with people – you're good with them too.

No, some of you are living on the edge of financial ruin because you are not backing up your computer. Only 7% of people back up their data daily and 23% back up at least once a month. While you can recover most hard drives with a Ben Franklin and a good tech support person, you'll be out and down for some time waiting for that to happen. I'm going to share several ways you can back up your files and how I do it.

Most of you insure your home and personal property but choose to play Russian roulette with your dissertations, financial records, and personal photographs.

1 – Purchase An Online Backup Service: Carbonite

Carbonite (carbonite.com) is an online backup service. If you have high speed Internet and want it to just run in the background, this is a good service to use. I used it for a year, but did notice it slowed me down slightly when it was running, particularly after I took a lot of photos off of my iphone or other activity that triggered the backup to start running.

2 – Use An External Hard Drive And Crash Plan

Many of you in the country without high speed Internet will want this option. Purchase an external hard drive (the biggest you can find 500GB – 1TB) and then set up Crash Plan (crashplan.com). While Crash Plan can back up online, it will also handle your offline backup to your external hard drive or another computer. This program makes backup easy.

3 – For The Privacy Sensitive: Spider Oak

If you like option 2 but really want a super-private service, Spider Oak (spideroak.com) has high reviews in this area. While I haven't personally used this one, it comes highly recommended. It looks to be a tad harder to set up than Crash Plan, if you're super concerned about your data being private, it is a great option.

4 – Use Dropbox Instead of My Documents

Dropbox (dropbox.com) is not an “official” backup service, I installed it and use it instead of My Documents So, for me, once I had my Documents synced, I didn't need anything else. Last summer as I was finishing the final draft of Reinventing Writing, my desktop computer died and I kept working on my laptop as it went in the shop. No downtime. The advantage of this method is that your files follow you everywhere. I use Dropbox daily.

Don't live on the edge of financial ruin. If you depend on your computer (like many of us) take steps to back up your computer and rest easy at night.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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