Back Up Your Files

It’s not a matter of IF your hard drive will fail or become inaccessible. It’s a matter of WHEN! Back up your data. You can use an external drive , the cloud, the internet or your email provider. There are a lot of options. Do some research. Be consistent.Back up your files on a monthly basis. Redundancy in this instance is a great thing. Back up your files in more than one way. If one fails you still have your files.

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Happy New Year! This is a great post for the new year.

It is VITAL for EVERYONE to BACK UP their computer files. I’ve discussed this several times on my blog. Previously I shared other people’s posts or just send a quick reminder.

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Last week a good family friend sent out a plea for help on social media. “I’ve lost my hard drive. They can’t find it!” She then went on to say that she had years of genealogical research on her computer.  She unfortunately had never backed up her data. Several people gave some high cost options that she could pursue to recover her data.

Don’t let this happen to you. It’s not a matter of IF your hard drive will fail or become inaccessible.  It’s a matter of WHEN!  Back up your data. You can use an external drive , the cloud, the internet or your email provider. There are a lot of options. Do some research. Be consistent.Back up your files on a monthly basis.  Redundancy in this instance is a great thing. Back up your files in more than  one way. If one fails you still have your files.

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People are taking more pictures than ever before. Back up the pictures on your cellphone. Dropbox is a great option. It’s automatic, free and can be accessed anywhere via the internet. Many cell phone providers offer Cloud backup. Take advantage of 1 or all of them. I would also encourage you to print out some of the best shots and share them with family and friends. Social Media is great! However, will Facebook be a distant memory 10 years from now?  How can we go back and capture those wonderful moments? Back up your pictures and share them physically.

I routinely create, posters, calendars, greeting cards etc. I share these with family and friends and they really appreciate it. It’s so inexpensive to reprint digital photos. There’s a provider on every corner. Even the local drug stores have great photo reprinting.

Even if you don’t back up your entire computer, back up your genealogy or other important files! You will Thank Me! Recreating your research is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Also don’t forget your tablet or other small device.

Take a moment, back up your files. Share this information with your friends and family. It’s likely a topic that they have never thought about and more importantly haven’t acted on.

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle

Author: nichellemhayes

I am a part-time blogger and a full time observer of people and culture. I have been researching my family history for over 20 years. I previously served as President and President-Elect (Vice-President) of one the local genealogy groups. I’ve conducted genealogy lectures and training's for corporate organizations and family history centers. I have researched my maternal and paternal sides going back 7 generations. With all that work, there is still more to discover. My genealogical goals for 2014 are to submit to libraries and history centers, family history books covering several of my family lines. I am available for consultation.

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