- Start doing backups, sooner rather than later.
- Make sure that your backup software is easy to understand and also try to test-restore some data to make sure that restore works and you know how to work it. A backup is worthless if you can’t restore your data.
- Try to look for backup software that also allows encryption of your backup, especially if you use backup software that will either back up your data to the cloud or to a friend over the Internet. You don’t want nosy people poking around in your family photos.
- If taking backup on an external hard drive, you need to buy an extra – and rotate them between your house and a safe place. A backup on an external drive, next to your computer, is worthless if a thief steals both your computer and your backup drive – or if a fire burns everything down to the ground.
- Finally, there’s a saying that goes something like this “data never really exists unless you have at least 2 copies of it”. Data on just one drive is at high risk of being lost, data on 2 drives are safer (but not completely), while data on 3 drives/places are much safer – as long as you keep some kind of distance between your copies.
Now, get started doing those backups!
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