A Resolution Worth Keeping: Backup Your Personal Computer Files

New Year’s Resolutions are notorious for being kept … for about 6 days. But there are several resolutions worth keeping this new year. One of them is to back up your personal computer files on a regular basis.

Why should you backup your personal computer files?

If you’ve ever lost information that was even mildly important, you understand the critical nature of backing up your computer files. Hey, your company probably backs up its files, you should do the same thing. Today’s hard drives have thousands of songs you paid for, thousands of pictures you took, important tax files, and other information you wouldn’t want to be without. Backing up just makes good, frugal sense.

File Backup Options

  • Backup on your hard drive
  • Backup on an external drive
  • Backup remotely

Backup on your own hard drive

Well, it’s better than nothing, but not by much. This backup option really only works to help you keep from accidentally deleting an important file, as long as you saved it to your backup folder. If your computer is damaged, lost or stolen, you’re out of luck.

Backup on an external drive

External drive backups on CDs, thumb drives, external hard drives or other media is a much better option but it has several problems of its own:

  1. It isn’t automatic. If you forget, you could still lose information.
  2. You can lose or misplace CDs, SD cards, or thumb drives. When you do, you run the risk of identity theft if you have sensitive information on them.
  3. External hard drives can also fail.

Backup remotely

Remote backup is by far the best and safest way to backup your personal computer files. Yes it costs a little money, but honestly, at around one dollar per week, backing up your files with Mozy or Carbonite is a ridiculously cheap form of insurance. I personally use Carbonite.

Carbonite works by installing an unobtrusive little file on your system that works in the background, constantly scanning your computer for new files or files that have changed and need to be backed up. Since it works automatically in the background, there’s nothing for you to do. If you’re using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep until your system has been idle for a set period of time. This feature keeps your system resources available for your use.

Another great feature is that Carbonite encrypts your files … twice. You are the only one who can view them.

Retrieving your files is easy. If you accidentally deleted something, just use your desktop icon and in a few clicks, you’ll have it back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or your hard drive crashes, just visit Carbonite’s website from a different computer. In just a few minutes you’ll be able to begin restoring all your files.

Backing up your files just makes sense

Considering everything you have stored on your computer, backing up your files just makes good sense. Our lives are contained in these files, backing them up regularly is a smart way to protect your identity and make sure that your personal information, your pictures, your music, and other important stuff is protected against damage, theft, or other loss.

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 1077 articles on this blog.

Ron is the founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal. He has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a partner in a national building materials company.

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