March 31st World Backup Day

Have you ever had  computer crash on you? It is a major disaster. Everything you have worked on, in some cases for years, is suddenly gone. Not just misplaced, flat out gone. So now what do you do? Start over? That’s easy enough to say but a lot harder to do.

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You obviously have to have some sort of backup plan. Now if you are like me, I backed up everything I had been working on on a floppy disk. Well guess what… computers don’t have floppy disks anymore! And so now, everything I wisely backed up is useless because I have no way of recovering it!

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So we now have The Cloud. Of course it does have flaws within it but it is certainly better than nothing.  Don’t let all that hard work just drop off into nothing. Personal items, tax records, manuscripts, photos, things you cannot easily replace.

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So today is the day you should plan on backing up everything you have on your computer, which for many of us is a huge part of our lives and identity.  It takes only a short time to back up what you might otherwise lose forever.

How to celebrate – Back up what ever you want to make sure to keep. There are numerous ways to back up your materials, research which is best for you. Set several dates a year to backup your valued items.