Today, November 1, 2014, is the first of the month which means it is Data Backup Day. Do you know where your genealogy data is?
What Does Thomas Use for Data Backup?
You may have heard about my own personal data disaster this past week (if not, keep reading this post . . .). When I follow my own advice, my system of data backup is a combination of Dropbox which is cloud storage, and an external hard drive. The hard drive I use is the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive shown below. I LOVE IT – it runs through a USB connection so there’s no independent power source needed. It is light and portable so I can take it with me on research trips if needed. PLUS . . . right now the price dropped another $10 over last month – it is just $59 USD! Click below for more information and to purchase yours.
Genealogy Data Backup Report
To mark Data Backup Day, each month GeneaBloggers publishes a FREE PDF report – Genealogy Data Backup Report – filled with tips and advice on making sure that your genealogy data is secure. In the coming months, each report will contain reviews of external hard drives, USB flash drives, and cloud backup services. Also, we’ll provide easy-to-follow instructions on making sure you backup all of your genealogy data, like emails from other researchers, your Internet bookmarks and favorites and more . . .
The November issue of the Genealogy Data Backup Report tells my personal story of data loss over the past few weeks. Also included is a review of online backup services including BackBlaze and Carbonite.
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Backing up all of our data – including our genealogy research data – is a responsibility that can’t be ignored. Because of my own negligence, I’m now spending 30 hours reconstructing data that I’ve lost since mid-August 2014. Imagine the brick walls I might be able to break down if I were to use those 30 hours towards genealogy research instead!
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