How to Back Up Your Personal Files & Photos
March 29, 2021
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March 29, 2021
Computers are powerful tools, but unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to lose a lot of data – forever. One little error, a hasty command, a virus, or an unexpected (are they ever expected?) computer crash can cause you to lose an important project or worse. And we’re not even talking about fires or floods! Data recovery on your personal computer can cost hundreds of dollars – and because recovering everything is not guaranteed, if items like photos are lost, they are irreplaceable. Proper data backup is critical.
Consider Pixar’s experience: The movie “Toy Story 2” was almost destroyed because of one tiny error. An employee entered an erasing command into Pixar’s system – apparently in the wrong place. The result was that all the computers began to wipe the film data … first, Woody’s hat disappeared, then his boots, then he disappeared entirely; whole sequences were deleted. Although disconcerting, this should not have been a huge problem, because there was a backup, right? Wrong! Ultimately, 90 percent of the film was completely gone because Pixar’s backup system hadn’t been properly archiving and no one had been checking to be sure it was! This was such a serious loss that Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-founder, said that rebuilding the film “would have taken 30 people a solid year.” Providentially, the film’s supervising technical director had been working from home because she had just had a baby. The movie (and very probably the company) was saved by carefully retrieving that one remaining copy from her home computer! Although this happened over 20 years ago, it’s a very “graphic” picture of the importance of backup.
As a telecommunications company, SKT takes data backup very seriously. Around here, every day is backup day. But we all know that life can get hectic and it’s easy to forget to back up your personal or business computer files. Join us on March 31 as we celebrate World Backup Day. Get in the habit of backing up files on a regular basis – every week, every month, or whenever you get new, important documents or photos. And don’t rely solely on one method – the more backups you have, the better.
Following are some different options to ensure that you don’t lose important projects, documents, records, or photos currently on your computer or other devices:
Utilize cloud storage with Dropbox, iCloud, IDrive, or OneDrive
Copy your files to a flash drive or external hard drive.
Depending upon the amount of data you need to back up, a flash drive or external hard drive can be a good option in addition to a cloud-based backup.
If you’re backing up large amounts of data, particularly for a business, we recommend consulting a managed IT service provider to ensure that your data is properly backed up and secure.
Advantages of employing a flash drive or an external hard drive for backup are that they’re in your physical custody and control, and they have a one-time cost. Disadvantages include the fact that they can be stolen, damaged, or lost in a flood or fire, just like your computer or device. Cloud storage solutions offer safe, secure offsite backup but may require recurring fees.
This article is meant to serve as a resource and does not endorse any product, company, or service. Consumers are encouraged to do their own independent research and proceed at their own risk.