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Technology

Backup Your Files

backup.pngPLEASE, backup your files! There are so many ways to back up your files, that doing so in this day and age is easier than making toast. If you need help or advice about backing up your files, ask one of your sites computer technicians, or a tech savvy colleague.

BACKUP SOFTWARE

Every Mac and PC comes with backup software included in the operating system, that wont just backup your files, but an image of your entire computer so that it can be restored to that exact moment in time. Apple products come with an application called Time Machine, while Windows PCs have a simple program called Backup and Restore found in the control panel. All you need is a flash drive or external hard drive and it does the rest for you. Set a schedule and BLAMO! All your beautiful files are backed up!

Advantages

  • No internet connection needed
  • Large storage capacity for low cost (500GB hard drives are $40 nowadays)
  • Secured with you, not on third party servers.

Disadvantages

  • Cannot be accessed anywhere, on any device.
  • Your backup drive can die/get corrupted/get lost/get stolen.

 

CLOUD SERVICES

Dont have a flash drive or external, or just to lazy to have to plug it into a USB port? Cloud services are for you! Pick a service, or multiple services and you never need hardware. The most popular cloud services out there are:

Google Drive

Dropbox

iCloud

Microsoft SkyDrive

There are hundreds of cloud services out there. Most give you 5-15GB of storage for free, which is plenty for important documents and pictures. If you want to store music, movies, or RAW image files, you can always upgrade for a few dollars per month.

With a cloud service, you can access your files anywhere, on just about any device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.). They can be accessed via web browser or install a small program to sync with your computer and the cloud. After that, all you need to do is simply drag and drop files to back them up!!!

ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS AT CHS HAVE A GOOGLE DRIVE ACCOUNT WITH 15GB OF STORAGE. THERE IS NO REASON TO NOT BACKUP YOUR IMPORTANT FILES!

Advantage

  • Free storage for first 5-15GB
  • Can be accessed on any device with an internet connection
  • Backed up on servers, so you never have to worry about losing, or having your drive stolen.

Disadvantage

  • Internet connection needed
  • Low storage amount unless you pay a monthly/annual fee.

 

CONCLUSION

Dont wait until it is too late! Yes, files can be recovered sometimes, but if your laptop/device is too badly damaged,lost, or stolen there will be no chance for recovery. Let your mind be at ease knowing all your hard work is safe.

How Often Should I Backup My Files?

This shouldn't be a question anymore. Cloud services sync in real time, and backup programs like Time Machine are on a schedule that saves your computer's entire image hourly. There is no more "How Often", the question is just "Should I Backup My Files?" and the answer will always be "Yes!"