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The importance of backing up your work.

We have all been there ; we’re working on that large proposal for our finals, we’re doing the finishing touches on that big project thats sure to get you that promotion, you’re making the final edits for that client who’s going to literally hand you a burlap bag with a money symbol-when it occurs. It could be a drive crash, a power surge, an earthquake or a direct slap from God I do not know-but all your work is gone and you did not back it up. If you have yet to feel that wave of icy shock and fear, then you have got to prepare-because what will you do when it *does*? I can recollect years ago, I was finishing my last project for my 2-D advert class, simply a silly old timey propaganda war poster. It was raining terribly heavily and the thunder was getting louder, I saved my project under one or two separate titles but I would have liked to have a backup-just in case. I put my USB memory card in and did another fast save-literally a second before we had a brown out / power surge.

That 2nd of darkness felt like a cold, numb, frightening century. When the light came back on and my computer started booting up all I could do was pray that my final was there and any damage was not. My final was on my PC, one of the saves anyhow. The final was still intact on my USB, but 1/2 the other files were corrupted and that port was fried and hasn’t worked since. The drive itself went two weeks later on a week after I handed in my project. I got lucky, extremely fortunate. Hopefully if it happens again I’ll be as lucky. But always ‘hoping for the best’ is an especially dumb action to take. That’s’s like never wearing a helmet on a bike and hoping you may never get hurt if you hopefully don’t fall-one search on Youtube proves you will get hurt when you fall off a bike. Hilariously though, but still I am sure smashing your face on a concrete sidewalk hurts[**].

Thankfully for those that do enjoy wearing wearing helmets while using our computers ( or making your PCs roughly wear one ), there are actually lots of options to be certain our files will be safe and backed up when the time comes. Online backup is great to store your files, however it can be prices and you are restricted by the rate of your Internet and the size of your information. If you are willing to spend the scratch, it straightforward and convenient and always a comfort realizing that what ever you need should be available to you at all times-as long as an internet source in close. Which of course it mostly is, I adore living in THE FUTURE.

Still, if you’ve got the art of crazy coincidence and karma makes a decision to say Sup? when you are backing up your information online-your doubly %$ +. And probably very wanting a hug to boot.

To avoid that rare catastrophe you can go with the classic strategy of offline information storage, the external disk drive. Prices start for as little as under 20 greenbacks and you should purchase one virtually anywhere, it’s honestly one of those invests you will be grateful for.

Any PC with USB or Firewire capability will see the external disk drive as a storage machine and allot it a letter to designate it. Whenever you plug it in, you basically just deal with it like any normal hard drive. You drag and drop what you want, it’s super simple to transfer big files forwards and backwards from work to home, to a friend’s house, or between your desktop and portable. It’s particularly helpful if you tend to keep big quantities of photographs, music, movie, or game files on your computer too. Just treat your external like your attic, toss everything in there that you do not actually use or need-but your hoarder instinct is too potent to just delete them. This way you get to satisfy your compulsion, your personal computer runs faster, and you suddenly have extra space to hoard more data! Or you can actually use if for important stuff like I discussed earlier, so that in an emergency your data will remain safe and secure. But I understand if that doesn’t slake your desire to having floor to ceiling hard drives for your LOLcat dependence.

I am a photographer. I love digital photography. I use many digital frames. Not having to pay for framing on every new photo is a huge cost savings. All of my digital photo frames really do make my house shine.

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