Once again we’ve come up to another Data Backup Day! Data loss is no joke – not even on April Fool’s Day. What would you do if you lost all your research? Are you prepared in case a natural disaster like the recent floods in Rhode Island.
Ways To Backup Your Data
“Back in the day” the ways of securing your data meant copying to CDs or *ugh* even floppy disks (remember those?). Luckily these days we have more and more devices including cheap external drives with 1 TB or more of store and online applications that will backup your data – for free!
- Hard Drive: if you have room on your hard drive, create a “copy folder” of your essential data. This not only gives you a second copy but is what you can use to copy out to CDs, DVDs or other media.
- CDs and DVDs: if your computer has a CD/DVD burner, you can create your own CDs and DVDs to store data.
- External Hard Drive: an external hard drive can connect to your computer via a USB connection and they can hold 1 TB (that’s terabyte as in 1,000 GB) at a relatively cheap price (some under $100). What’s also nice is the size: some can fit in the palm of your hand.
- Online Backup Services: there are a variety of sites that allow you to backup your data – some even for free!
Data Types To Backup
The main focus is your research database but think about backing up these items as well:
- blog posts and templates
- Internet favorites and bookmarks
- photos and scanned documents
Data Backup Resources
GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!
Recent Genealogy Blogger Experiences
If you think that data loss can’t happen to you, see what your genealogy blogging colleagues have said recently:
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