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Don't Be Like Me: Back Up Your Data

Do you know what a kernel panic is? Yeah, either did I until last week when I suddenly got the message on the left filling my computer screen.

Well, I did get the PANIC part, at least.

Being a typical computer user okay, wait. I am NOT a typical computer user. I use my laptop anywhere from ten to fourteen + hours a day doing work and hanging out online. So I’m not a “normal” computer user by any stretch. More like “complete computer addict,” in fact. So you’d think I’d know better, right, and have regularly scheduled back ups?

Yeah, no. I suck that way.

I do not routinely backup my computer. Even though I have a lovely external hard drive, as well as an account with DropBox and one with iCloud. Before this week, the last time I’d backed up my data which includes, you know, photos of my family for the last six months, my work (at least the stuff that’s not in Google docs), an extensive amount of book and music purchases, etc. The last time I backed up my machine was when I was given an external hard drive to review.

Luckily, my computer managed to restart successfully, and I was able to do an immediate backup and save everything, and when I got a new laptop (my pretty, pretty new-to-me machine!) I moved everything over without an issue. But given the vast number of ways to store your stuff these days, there is NO excuse to be like me and not do a frequent backup of everything.

Here are a few ways you can save yourself from my mistake.

• Get, and use, and external hard drive. Schedule yourself a weekly reminder to do it so you never risk more than a week’s worth of data.

• Sign up for one of the many cloud computer options available. Drop Box is one of the best, but there are also some good free alternatives. (If you’re wondering if cloud computing is right for you, this post will help.)

Don’t wait! Go back up your online life now.

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