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Data Backup Day November 1, 2009

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Most of our regular readers and GeneaBloggers members know what today is – it’s Data Backup Day! Today is when you (genealogists and any computer user) should consider how you’ve safeguarded your data.

Data Backup Day Contest

First things first.  Today is the deadline for entering the Data Backup Day Contest.  Simply create a post at your genealogy blog about how you backup your data, or perhaps how you don’t – even tell us about some data disasters or near misses.  Then go here and post a link to your blog post in the comments section.  We’ll draw the winners at random on Tuesday, November 2, 2009 and announce them that day here at GeneaBloggers.

The prize? A copy of Handy Backup from Novosoft LLC – you can read my recent review here.

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
  • emails
  • 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!

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

17 thoughts on “Data Backup Day November 1, 2009

  1. I wish I could join in the fun via my blog, but my computer is in shop! But I’m not worried about it being fixed because…

    I backed up my:
    1. Family Tree maker files
    2. All my Word documents
    3. All my email folders
    4. etc.

    backed up onto:
    1. memory stick
    2. DVDs
    3. external harddrive
    4. online backup service

    It seems like overkill, but hopefully I’ll be back to normal when my desktop computer is out of the shop. In the meantime I’m plugging along on my little laptop….(no Word, no saved emails or email addresses!, no Family Tree Maker, no favorites, arghhhhhh!)

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