Whether you write articles and essays, create graphics, develop videos, or produce music, backing up your work is crucial. If the files are important to you for future use or important to your clients then backing up them up will eliminate worry if you were to ever lose the files from its primary location. To prevent excess data loss, here are some elaborative points to consider:
Use Multiple Backup Methods
There are many ways to back up your projects so take advantage of as many techniques as possible – both the old-school techniques and the new techniques. The most common way (and the safest way) is to backup using a physical storage device like an external hard drive. This is the most recommended method one should consider undertaking as it involves less time consumption and there is a less likely chance that the data will be lost. But, even if one is confident in using an external hard drive, it is always better to be safe than to regret the precautions you could have measured. Backing up via an external hard drive is good, but why not try a USB flash drive for files with smaller bytes. You can also backup projects online which is called “cloud storage”. Some online storage services come at a price but you can also get some limited services for free – although be very cautious as to what you want backed up on the internet. Another method is to send yourself an email message (or multiple messages) using a service such as Sendspace or Transfer Big Files. Sending yourself an email message using a standard email service like Yahoo or Gmail will not allow you to include large files over a certain threshold; a threshold that will be way too small for backing up large folders for music, graphics and so on. Furthermore, you can back up your files and folders using CD and/or DVD discs. You can easily purchase discs at a low price, suitable for data that does not usually exceed 4GB. This is just enough data if you want to back up music projects, photo galleries and etcetera.
Update Backups Frequently
Backing up for the first time may make you feel somewhat relieved but it will not be that relieving if you lose data on your computer which has been updated yet your last backup was over a year ago. Thus, you need to backup very often. I recommend updating your backups at least once a month. This does not mean you have to update your DVD disc backups monthly but what’s recommended is to choose one of the methods I have listed in the previous section (preferably the USB flash drive or external hard drive technique) and update that device more often than the other methods.
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