When Clint Eastwood uttered the now-famous line “Do you feel lucky?” it’s safe to say he wasn’t talking about backing up data files. But it’s a question well worth considering when you’re working at your computer. The report you have been working on for hours could be gone in an instant, the PowerPoint presentation lost forever, and the email to your boss–poof–gone.
The truth about digital files is clear: They’re only in there as long as your computer has power. A brownout, a backhoe-induced power outage or working during a thunderstorm can literally make your files disappear in a flash.
There are some everyday precautions that can make life a little bit easier after one of those hair-raising events.
1) Use the “Auto-save” function: Most modern software programs have a built-in “Auto-save” function that can be accessed through Preferences. You can decide how often you want the program to save your files on an ongoing basis. You might want to have your word processor save every five minutes and your page layout program do an auto-save every 15 minutes. If disaster happens, recovery is only minutes away.
2) Battery backup: One step above the household power strip is the addition of a battery backup system. The device contains a battery that continues to supply electricity to your computer when the power goes out. Most battery backups come with software programs that remind you to save your files and shut down your computer while there’s still plenty of power in the backup battery.
3) Back up the backup: Don’t forget to back up your most important files on an external device. You don’t want to play Russian roulette with your digital pictures, the important PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s meeting, or a year’s worth of email conversations. It’s as easy as saving your files onto a flash drive, external hard drive, or CDs and DVDs.
Finally: You may need a more robust backup solution. The latest battle cry in the industry is to back up your files “in the cloud.” The concept may sound foreign, but it’s really simple. Instead of having your files backed up on a hard drive at home, you safeguard them by storing them in a data center via the Internet.
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After all, when it comes to your most precious data files, ask yourself, “Do I feel lucky?”