Back That Thing Up

My colleague Glen can tell you about the importance of backing things up.

A few years ago, after the birth of his first child, his computer locked up. He couldn’t get in, and couldn’t get anything out. After much digital surgery, he did manage to rescue some, but not all the pictures of his daughter.

Glen didn’t have a backup, back then – he does now.

Computers are imperfect machines. You know that. Keeping every piece of personal detail on your home computer is just asking for trouble. According to Apple, only ¼ of us do any kind of backup, while only 4% have an automated system to get it done regularly.

So, here’s how you can back things up:

There are many places to store your information online. Picasa and Flickr are great places to store and share your family photos, while Amazon has introduced the S3 service which will give you unlimited online storage at just 15 cents per gigabyte per month.

If you have an iPod with enough storage for a million songs, but only a few thousand in your library, use that extra space to backup and store your data.

Buying an extra drive to use for backup is always an option. Maxtor has a line of One Touch external drives for the sole purpose of backing up your files. The new Leopard OS from Apple has a built in Time Machine feature which acts as an eternal automatic backup with your external drive.


Burn your important files regularly to CD or DVD. It can be as simple as that.

Having the backup is good, but if you’re a victim of fire, it does no good if you don’t take it with you. Same thing goes for theft.

No matter which method you choose, just make sure you do your back ups regularly and you have your copy in a place that is not near the original.

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