Data Backup Day – 1 March 2014

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Be honest now . . . what was the last time you backed up any of your computer data, let alone your genealogy research data? And are you covering all your bases with multiple backups (cloud and external drive) and multiple devices (desktop computer, tablet, smartphone)? Luckily, there are many options available with today’s technology, and many are automated to make it easy to backup your data.

So what’s missing? You. You need to commit to backing up your data and ensuring that your research is always available. There’s nothing worse than 20 years of research down the drain because of a hard drive crash or an accidental deletion of a file or folder.

Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more.

Tips and Tricks for Data Backups

Best advice: There are many choices but you should have at least one form of data backup. Choose the method that works for you!

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB

This 1TB portable external hard drive is only $65 USD on Amazon!

  • External hard drive: The past few years have seen amazing advances in external hard drives including a drop in price, an increase in storage size, a decrease in physical size and a tendency towards portability. For example, the My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive shown above has lots of storage, is easy to lock up in a safe or take with you on a trip, and is only $65 USD. Click here to check out the latest drives on Amazon and also check the latest ratings for external hard drives here at CNET – a good reliable source which is always up-to-date.

minion usb flash

  • USB Flash Drive: Some might say using a flash drive is “outdated” or “old fashioned,” but if it works for you, I say go for it! Plus these drives have come down in price, can store more data (8GB and higher) and come in fun shapes like the Despicable Me 2 Minions 3 Pack 8GB USB Flash Drive, Dave, Kevin, Stuart shown above. And click here to view more unusual USB flash drives!Extra tip: make sure your name, email and cell phone are stored on the flash drive in a text file named _IF_FOUND.txt. This way if you leave it in a public computer such as at a library or repository, you have a good chance of getting it back!
backblaze

Online backup programs like Backblaze take all the worry out of the backup process!

  • Backup Programs: Various programs such as Backblaze are available and they take all the fuss and worry out of the backup process.  You pay a yearly subscription and your computer is constantly backed up to the vendor’s server. You can restore data at any time. Check out the Backblaze program here.
dropbox 30 minutes

Get the most out of cloud programs like Dropbox to meet your backup needs!

  • Cloud Programs. Programs like Dropbox are similar to the online backup programs above but are different in that you can synchronize several devices to the data AND the program is usually free (for limited storage). The book Dropbox in 30 Minutes is an easy way to learn the ins and outs of cloud data storage.

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!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Data Backup Day – November 1, 2013

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Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more. Check out our Data Backup Resources here at GeneaBloggers and make backing up your genealogy data a regular habit.

Is M-DISC the Backup Option for You?

M-DISC The 1,000-year storage solution

See last month’s Data Backup Day post M-DISC – A New Product for Data Backup Day and you might want to preserve your most precious data to this new format. In addition, check out the recent review of the M-DISC by Denise Levenick of The Family Curator blog.

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!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

M-DISC – A New Product for Data Backup Day

M-DISC The 1,000-year storage solution

Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more. Check out our Data Backup Resources here at GeneaBloggers and make backing up your genealogy data a regular habit.

How the  M-DISC™ is Different

When was the last time you tried to use some of your older CDs or DVDs which you used to store data?  Did you know that the coating on most data DVDs can degrade over time? Most writable DVDs, including the most expensive “Gold” archival DVDs, burn data into an organic dye layer. Organic dyes start to degrade and fade as soon as they are written. This leads to a condition called “data rot”. This problem is so severe that the National Archives warns that the shelf life of a regular DVD is 2-5 years. The M-DISC™ contains no organic dyes. Instead, the M-DISC™’s data layer is composed of rock-like materials known to last for centuries. The M-DISC READY™ Drive etches the M-DISC™’s rock-like layer creating a permanent physical data record that is immune to data rot.

Writing to and Reading the M-DISC™

Leading computer manufacturers such as LG, Acer, and Dell already offer the M-DISC™ Ready Drive with their newer systems. See Currently Available M-DISC™ Ready Drives to determine if your drive will work with the M-DISC™. You can also shop for portable M-DISC™ Ready Drives at Amazon including this LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support.

LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support, Retail (Black) GP60NB50

And a M-DISC READY™ Drive engraves the M-DISC™ using a compatible data format that can be read by most quality DVD drives.

More Information about M-DISC™

Please visit the FAQ page over at the M-DISC™ website for more information. And consider using the M-DISC™ to backup all the important data such as scanned photos, genealogy data and more.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee