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Why You Should Back-Up Your Work

Updated on September 23, 2013

Why do you need to back everything up?

Do you really want to see everything you worked so hard on, get lost in cyberspace? Not to mention, all of your contacts, possibly your billing information and, who knows, what else? Being a survivor of a crashed computer, I am here to say, it's not pretty! I have compiled some information in hopes that this won't happen to you.

"People protect what they love."~Jacques Yves Cousteau.

When we talk about protection, we are often speaking about our family and our possessions. Don't forget that the things we write, draw and create deserve our protection, too.

It's in the "Cloud."
It's in the "Cloud." | Source

There are several Different Ways to Back up your Work

You may choose one or all of these methods. After losing my work twice (yes, I know!), I have opted to use two of these methods. I back everything up to a Cloud service, Dropbox. I use this service for my personal things and I use a Dropbox for Wordpress plug-in for my website. My website gets backed up on both of them. I also make hard copies of my posts, poems, stories and anything I don't want to risk losing.

Ernest Hemingway Should have had a Back up

Way back before he became the notorious writer that he was, Ernest Hemingway's wife Hadley, accidentally, lost a valise filled with all of his manuscripts. The devastation was immense. Years later, he did state that it was the best thing that could have happened to him, as he went on to write even greater novels!

We may not all feel as lucky at having to start over!

A Chart of the Different Types of Back-up.

Hard Copy
External Drive
Software
The Cloud
You can make a physical copy of all your work.
Purchase an external hard drive.
You can download free or purchased software to back up your work to a separate file.
Choose an online company that you feel comfortable with.
You can keep a notebook with all your contacts.
Use the one or more hard drives to organize your files.
Decide which programs you want backed up.
Set a schedule for automatic saving.
Make an itemized list of what is in your computer, shoud you need to duplicate it.
Remember to set a schedule for downloading to your drive.
Determine how often you want your things backed up.
Add things that you don't want to risk waiting until the scheduled time.
Many people choose more than one Method to Back up their computer files.

Just how backed up are you?

Do you have a back up?

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Popular Downloadable Storage Programs.

  • SkyDrive
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Box
  • ICloud
  • Amazon Cloud drive

Most of these programs are free up to a certain amount of storage. You can compare costs by determining the amount of storage you will need.

How to Choose the best External Hard drive for your needs.

If you choose to use an external hard drive, there are several varieties you can choose from. The first decision to make is what its main function will be for you. Will you be using it simply to store data? Woud you also like to share with other computers. The size and speed of your unit will help determine the price. If you are looking for simple, back-up storage, there are plenty of portable hard drives on the market. They sell for less than $100 and fit just about in the palm of your hand. If you are looking to transfer data from one computer to another, regurlarly, you will require a hard drive with a sharing function. They are usually costlier and take up more space. Whichever way you choose, this is a viable option for backing up your work.

An External Hard drive

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A Flashdrive as Storage

For something small or important enough that you would like to keep seperately, you can save it on a smaller flashdrive. These are relatively inexpensive and you can use them to organize certain items for you. I have one that is just resumes and another that has all the information about my car. Some people like to keep different bodies of their work on them and I know some people who use them to itemize and take pictures of the things in their house for insurance purposes. They are handy, inexpensive, quick to use amd take up a minimum of space.

Let me know what you think.

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Different Back up Programs Fit Different Needs.

Everyone has their own lifestyle and, with that, different needs. In this article, I have talked about several methods, as well as included the programs I am personally using. I would love to hear from you both in the ratings to the side and down below in the comment section. What types of programs are you using? Are you happy with what you have? Can you reccommend it? Please let us know below!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the reminder, Randi! I've been meaning to do this for weeks now and keep forgetting. I'll do it today or tomorrow for sure. I appreciate you watching over me. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Anytime I can be of service, Bill! Lol. I actually thought about you when I was writing this! I wondered how much more space you would need since you wrote so many more articles. Have a great day! Thanks for always being here!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Randi!

      I hope that your move went smoothly and that you didn't lose any hard drive?

      Great hub about back up! Back up are so important! My husband and I have an external back up.... in an other place in the home ....just in case someone would steal our computers! On top of it, we just bought two 64 GB USB flash drive and the idea would be to make an extra back up of my projects and bring it at his office so if the house burns down.... we have all my materials somewhere else. For my work, I do a lot of drawings and design and if I lose that I don't think I would have the courage to start all over again; it's years of work! But your article reminds me that I still have to copy all my art work on one of those USB flash drive.... I didn't do it yet! We bought two so we can switch them around each time I add a new project.... and that's about every week!

      So thanks for your article!

      Have a great week!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are very welcome, Joelle! That is why I added an online storage, too. They back me up once a week whether I need it or not!

      Thank you for asking about the move. The actual move was rather nightmarish but we love the new place! Have a great week, as well and don't forget to back up your work! You'll rest easier.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I always get a US copyright on written material and photos and store most in email folders. (more than one email) Is that not safe?

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It will protect you from plagiarism and if the particular die that you are writing on goes down. But what would happen if your computer died or required a total reset? The emails would probably protect it because they could be opened from another computer but I would get an online backup like Dropbox. They are free and do all the work for you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks, I will sure look into that.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Like you, I am using DropBox too and I always back it up. Can't take the risk specially with important documentations and my own creative stuff.

      Very important hub. Thank you for your generosity in sharing. Passing it along as well and voting up.

      Love from the sky~

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Great information and suggestions. Thanks much for the prompt!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Cris! I so appreciate your comments and share! I am glad you are covered. I can't imagine this world without your talent!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Annie! Yes, go do it today. You never know. Last week I had a "fatal error" when I updated a plug in. I couldn't get into my site at all. Even though we were able to restore it, I always knew my posts were safe.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub Randi: This is something all of us should take notice. Losing what you have written or important documents or favorites...not fun and can cause havoc in your life. Thanks and I am going to share this around.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! Good to are you! I was just about to write on your bubblew !

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      There is nothing like losing a major paper one time that teaches you to back your work up. As I work on my dissertation, I continually email updated versions of work to myself. Then I also use a thumb drive.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So glad you are ahead of the game, Stephanie! I once lost a whole set of personalized instruction manuals. It was fairly devastating at the time but at least it wasn't my dissertation! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Good luck!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I really need to check this out, and thanks for the nudge. Very helpful and interesting, and voted as such. Thanks for the guidance!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great information Randi, and oh so important indeed! I use a thumbnail drive or flash drive, not sure of the correct name, but at least I have a little peace of mind about it.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Rebecca, for your comments and votes! Do yourself a favor and do check it out. I learned the hard way!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I think I've used every imaginable backup strategy there is. :) Don't want to end up like Hemingway losing his drafts. Wow, wonder if they were ever found?

      Anyway, thanks for spreading the word on this important topic! The strategy that I just LOVE these days is Carbonite. It automatically backs up everything you want to the cloud... yes, automatically as you work on it. It has saved me on more than one occasion. Worth every penny and it's very reasonable (I think I pay about $70/year).

      Have a great week!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Heidi! I appreciate your comments and recommendation! It's always best to learn about a program from someone who is using it. As far as I know, Hemingway manuscripts were never recovered. They were in a valise that was stolen from his wife. It is presumed that once the thief found nothing of "value" inside, he tossed it out. How cool would it be if turned up in someone's attic?

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Useful info. Most people tend to get comfortable. Then...

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You pushed me into action, Randi :-) I did my backup on an USB flashcard yesterday evening and it's on his way to the office of my husband :-) So I should always have two backups from now on :-)))

      Have a fantastic day!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Exactly, Martin! Then becomes What then?

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Up to date, resourceful and well written. Great hub.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm so glad, Joelle and, not going to lie, a bit flattered! I I'm glad you skull be able to rest easy! You have a fantastic day as well! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, W1totalk! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Faith, somehow I missed your comment first time around. I am so glad you are already backing your work up! Thank you so much for the votes and share! Much appreciated!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful Randi.

      Voted up

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Randi, you missed one option.....utter chaos. It's cheap, easy, takes almost no time at all. And if the worst happens, you get to have a good cry. I have a hard drive with some things on it. But it's stuck on "Read only" so I can't retrieve anything from it. I suppose it's time to do something drastic, like get organized. Thanks for the nudge.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh no, Chris! Utter chaos is my norm! I only become organized after the crash. I lost a whole book before I learned :( Thanks for stopping by. Best recommendation I can give you is to use something like Dropbox. I am certain that my storage is still utter chaos but at least it won't be lost chaos!

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