There is nothing as disheartening as losing all your work in a stroke because
- Your laptop was stolen;
- Your USB disk lost;
- Your computer crashed;
- Your house burned down.
All these are incidents we do not like to think about because they bring sorrows and misery in our lives. But somehow they happen from time to time.
Some student commits suicide or is depressed because he or she lost his or her whole dissertation — a product of twelve months' work — when their laptop crashed.
All what this points to is the need to always have a backup plan in place.
Traditionally, the approach had been to burn your files on a CD or DVD, take that CD somewhere safe, and sleep soundly during the night knowing that your data is safe.
But any offline data storage like this is not fireproof. It is still a good starting point you may consider.
Nowadays, there are many options about backing up your files. In this post, I will only point to some of these options. In some future posts, I will discuss some of these options in detail.
The purpose of this post is just to make you think, and if possible, have you take an immediate step towards securing your data. Data is now precious to the extent that failing to protect it leads to disastrous consequences.
Using a Backup Plan on your system
Every operating system comes with some built-in backup tool. As the process of backing up files is tedious, albeit necessary, many people may neglect it on that basis.
The good thing is that the designers of these operating systems know this: so you can simply create a task and schedule it. You can schedule that your backups be done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on the level of your output and value you place on your data.
Online File Storage
Another option is the use of more than a dozen online services for storing your files. This concept was pioneered by Dropbox, but is part of the Google and Microsoft cloud services.
Google with its Google Drive and Microsoft with its OneDrive both provide syncing services of your files. In all these three cases, you just install a client such as Dropbox or Google’s Backup and Sync then put whatever files you want to be saved in the cloud in a designated folder.
Another backup service is that of the Git repositories. You create a repository on your computer to store all those important documents you are working on. In fact, you can even collaborate with others on a project from different computers and commit to a single repo (short for repository).
However, the beauty of the Git comes when you use a remote server. Any time you save files (commit) to your repository and push them to a remote server, you know that you are secure as far as your data is concerned.
Some Git servers out there include;
You must always have a backup plan in place, whether for your personal files, work or even family projects. The beauty of working with a backup plan is that you only need to worry about setting it up the first time, then you can forget. In most cases, backing up will take place in the background without your intervention.
Until next time, keep your files and work safe!