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New Year’s Resolutions Should Include a Good Backup Protocol

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I was just reading about a woman whose computer was acting up so she called a computer technician out to her home to save her from the dread ‘blue screen.’ Apparently she had 10 years worth of genealogy research stored on her computer and NO BACKUPS! Just thinking about that makes me shudder.

If you’ve ever lived through a hard-drive crash, you know it is one of the scariest and most humbling experiences. We tend to relate to our computers as if they are smarter, stronger and infinitely invincible. Most of us are fortunate that we can go day-to-day taking them for granted. Every once in awhile, some tragedy will befall even the most well-cared-for computer and it will succumb to a crash.

Hopefully, if you’ve been religious with a regular back-up regime, you can do a quick restore and have all your data back and your system working good as new. But if you are not making a point of doing this simple to set up task, a crash can truly make your life miserable.

The one hard drive crash I had about 8 years ago has made me extremely paranoid. I have two external drives that I back up to daily with different programs to each drive. I also periodically burn a DVD of valuable files such as photos, writings and research. For Legacy Multimedia, we have a stringent backup system that includes both hard-drives as well as CDs and DVDs.

So I’m just reminding you that this year, when you are setting up your New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget to put a good backup protocol on the list. I, for one, will sleep better.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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