I know you’ve heard me say it over and over again. You KNOW you have to backup your computer. Hardware fails every single day, and if you don’t have a plan in place to backup your computer you are just asking to lose all of your pictures/videos/documents etc! I prefer backing up to an external hard drive. I currently use a Western Digital Passport. Online backups (to me) take too long, and I don’t like the idea that I have to be online to restore. What if my internet is down when I need to restore my files? What if something gets corrupted in the transfer? I just prefer to have my backups with me at all times. Here are some of my “best practices” for having a good backup at all times.
Do NOT leave your external hard drive plugged into your computer at all times, or plugged into power at all times. Typically an external hard drive has the same kinds of parts as your internal hard drive. It’s just in a nice plastic casing to protect it. Would you leave your PC turned on ALL the time, even when you are sleeping? There is a reason that PC’s have a sleep or hibernate setting. You want to rest your hard drive, and the rest of the pieces of your computer from time to time. You wouldn’t leave your car running at all times either, right? So it is with an external hard drive. If it is constantly plugged in, it is constantly spinning the disk inside. that takes power and causes wear and tear on the internal parts. An external hard drive running in this manner will fail sooner than later. Best practice is to plug in the hard drive during the backup. When the backup is complete then unplug and store it in a safe place.
Offsite backups. Companies do this, and you may not have to be super crazy about it, since it’s just your personal data, but a good idea is to have your backup stored in a place that can’t be damaged when your home gets damaged. Two good places for this is to either store your backup at a friends house, or in your car. If you are getting out of the house during a fire, you may not remember to grab your hard drive. So to save you the hassle, backup to two different hard drives. Store one near your computer for easy file retrievals (say you accidentally deleted that file you’ve been working on for months, luckily your backup is there to save you), and store the other one in the car or at your friend’s house.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of the best practices for backing up your computer!
Western Digital was kind enough to give me an external hard driveto use with my review. It’s ultra portable, and can hold up to a TB of data (that’s 1,000 GB). My backup transferred to the hard drive lickity split and it’s a sleek black and blends in nicely with my desktop. I hardly know it’s there! They also offered to give two of my readers a 500 GB Passport! To enter to win the external hard drive simply leave a comment on this post. As always, only one entry per person. Giveaway will end on Sunday November 21st. Again there will be 2 winners!
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I would love this….i have so many of my kids pictures that i back up!
I really need one of these 🙂
I would love to win this!
Love this giveaway I really am so not good at computer and have had to redo my computer couple times and lost great stuff so this would be awesome to have.
We are so fustrated, wish we had one this weekend. Everyhting crashed and nothing backed up!
This would be a great gift for my hubby!
This is on my wishlist!
i would love one of these to back-up all my important photos and papers!!:)
I am CONSTANTLY taking pictures, scanning documents, and all that fun family management stuff we do on computers now, and would LOVE to have an external hard drive to hold some things!!! What a FANTASTIC giveaway!!! Good luck to everyone!!!
Oh, I so need this…..don’t have one and have TONS of photos on my computer….thanks!
these external harddrives are awesome!
I would love to win this external Hard Drive, I have a ton of pics of my 2 year old son!!
This would be great!
This would be great to backup my pictures!
i so need one of these for all my pictures!! 🙂
I would love one of these…I recently got a virus on my comp and lost everything on it so now I have to start all over again.
This would be great. I’ve been filling up my hard drive with pictures of my son. I’ll be lost if my hard drive goes since I don’t have it backed up.
I’ve never had or wanted an external drive as a back up until i had my daughter.
I could use this for work. I am the web designer and would love to have the files backed up just in case anything happened.
I would love to win one of these!
This would be great. I have my own business at home, and really should have something like this.
Would love to have this to back up all our pics!
I would love to have this to save all the pictures I have stored on my computer
Great tips! I can’t wait to read the rest. I REALLY need to follow this advice!
I would love to win this. I hope I get it.
I would love to have this for our business and personal files.
I work full time and have a web-based business. This harddrive would be exceptionally helpful!
Always said everyone needs to have some sort of backup for their computer and when I least expected it… my hard drive dyed 🙁 I could really use a backup source now so this will not happen again!!
This would be an awesome gift for my hubs! He’s in the middle east now, and left the external drive here for me. It would be so cool to win this, so I can give it to him for Christmas – my airline ticket to go see him for the holiday already cost waaaaaaay to much!
I would love this! I’d use it for pictures and music that I would lose if my computer crashed!
I have asked for one of these for every single holiday… this would be perfect for my Christmas present to me!!! 🙂 With work, the family photos, and goodies I need all the room I can get!
I could really use this, so much to back up on my computer its not funny!
I would be devastated if I lost the thousands of digital pics that i have taken over the years.
Oooh my goodness, I desperately need one of these! I have lost ALL of my stuff more than once! It’s time I learned my lesson and backed up!
External hard drives are great ways to back up! I sure could use one!
I have SOOO many pics of my girls on my computer that need backing up! This would be awesome!!!
I really need to take your advice and back up my laptop!!
My computer crashed earlier this year and I lost everything. I had some of my pics backed up on discs, but not all. I cried for hours. I definitely need a backup drive to avoid this happening again!
this would be great! 🙂
I need this badly!!!
Digital Cameras make taking and storing photos much easier, but there is also a lot of risk in keeping all of your photos (my son’s entire five years of life!) on a single drive. I cringe to think what would happen without having a backup of those photos! Good article!
An external hard drive would be fantastic! My computer is so cluttered it’s running really slow.
I wanna win one!
This would be great to backup all the pictures of my daughter!
THANK YOU!! I never knew how to use one of those backup drives, but have always wanted one! If I win, now I will know how to use it!!! :0)
I soooo hope to win this i could really use this.
I need to back up sooo much stuff.
I NEED this!! I was hoping to maybe get an external drive on Black Friday if I could find one cheap enough, but I think winning one would be so much better!! 😛