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Monday, December 26, 2011

Backups Revisited

I’m an ex-computer geek, I can’t help myself but mygrandson’s computer crapped out recently and he was devastated. As much as I preach backup he had nobackup.

Then I got an email from a fellow blogger who said she hadlost over 30 unpublished posts when her hard drive died.

So in spite of obvious redundancies I am going to repeatmyself.

I I hate losing stuff. I use a bunch of different ways to back up but here are a couple ofideas besides having multiple computers and hard drives.

2nd copy at http://www.centered.com/ is a inexpensive backup type software thatyou can tell to just copy stuff on a schedule. Like every night. It is easy touse and inexpensive.

Thumb drives are now down to about a $1.00 a gb and a 8gbthumb drive will save a lot of posts. (Amazon had a 16gb flash drive for $17.72 and free supersaver shipping.)

Online or cloud storage is available for free. 50gb at http://www.adrive.com/ This is also good for archiving things youdon’t want to lose. DropBox is anotherplace to off site backup.

If you are worried about putting stuff in the cloud forstorage, http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/is a free encryption program that is easy to use.

Google and Microsoft have 2gb of free online storage too.

I’m bald already but if you hope to avoid pulling out allyour hair, some type of backup strategy MUST be implemented.

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