10 Tips for Backing Up Your Computer

by Admin on November 27, 2010

Perhaps you have heard stories about your friends and colleagues scrambling to find backups because their client’s work was due the next day. You might believe that backing up your computer is a waste of time, but it becomes very valuable when you are forced to piece together a computer from scratch. Making backups should be an essential part of a freelancer’s life. Here are some solutions for backing up your machine.

1. CDs, DVDs

You have disks for the software that you have on your computer, but there are several files scattered over your machine that you don’t want to live without. Manually burn those files onto a CD or DVD and store them in a safe place so you can retrieve them when the time comes.

2. Flash Drives

The sizes of flash drives are getting larger and becoming more economical. You can pick up several megs or a couple of gigs for less than fifty dollars. This solution is perfect for freelance writers. You can plug your library into any USB port.

3. External Hard Drives

External hard drives can hold large amounts of data. You can back up your entire disk drive to a single external drive, still having room left over for a music collection. A terabyte external hard drive is less than a hundred dollars, a small price to pay for having your hard drive with you when you travel.

4. Windows Backup Utility

The Windows Backup Utility allows you to automate the process of backing up your files. It will save to an external hard drive, keeping all of your documents and settings for future use.

5. Carbonite

Carbonite is an offline storage site which holds all of your information. For around $5 a month, you can get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that all of your files are backed up in case disaster strikes.

6. Large File Sharing Services

Services like YouSendIt are designed to hold large files so your clients are able to download them. Zip up your files and send them to yourself using a service like this so that recovery can be done with a click of a button.

7. Web Based Document Creation

Using one of the web based document management applications, you can keep copies of your valuable documents online and share them with your clients. As long as you have a net connection, you and your clients will be able to access the files. Take a look at either Google Docs or Zoho

8. Email Important Stuff

Take all of your important files and zip them. Send out two copies: one to yourself, and one to your friend. If you are concerned about your friend peeking into the files, password protect the zip file so they cannot open it without a password.

9. Use a combination

Use a flash drive and DVDs to back up your files. Employ the assistance of a backup service and use external hard drives to back yourself up in case you are unable to get to a net connection. Add those extra layers of security to further protect you from hard drive crashes.

10. Schedule a day every week

Freelancers are constantly working on files which may change dramatically throughout the week. If you set a time and follow a schedule of backing up your system, you will not have to worry so much about the effects of hackers, hard drive crashes and corruption.

Developing good backup habits is crucial. Computer crashes happen all of the time, and you are not impervious. You can be prepared when it happens by having several remotely located backups to get you up and running without a hitch.

James has covered everything from the HP 30XL to art, design and media.During his time as an in house writer at a specialist online ink cartridges store

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