One Coffee Spill Away from Disaster? Back Up Your Work!

So Automatic Syncing of files does NOT happen anymore. I know, gasp! This means that YOU need to back up your files on a regular basis. I suggest once a week. Set a reminder on your outlook calendar to do it, and you’ll thank yourself when that coffee does spill on your computer. This is a short, easy process that will save you lots of time and headaches later.  Get into the habit of backing up!

See this 3 minute video for help if you need it.

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2 Responses to One Coffee Spill Away from Disaster? Back Up Your Work!

  1. boadams1 says:

    I have migrated to DropBox, so I have a self-syncing system that is accessible from computer, iPad, iPhone, etc. Is this “as good” as backing up to my network folder? On my personal Mac, I use Time Machine and back up regularly to an external hard drive. Should I be doing this with my school computer, too, or is DropBox sufficient?

    • John Burk says:

      It depends on what you put in dropbox. Free accounts for dropbox stop at 2GB (you can get more for referring users), which is usually enough for more text documents than you can imagine, a good bit of photos, and a small amount of videos. But if you’ve got a lot of video or music, you probably can’t fit within these constraints.

      Also, most preferences, bookmarks and stuff like that lives outside dropbox, so it isn’t backed up. This is a good reason to start storing bookmarks in a service like delicious or diigo.

      IT could easily restore the machine to its original state with applications, etc, so there’s no need to back those up.

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