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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This would be an absolutely fabulous birthday present for our family. We have nearly 7000 pictures of our children on our desktop and I never even thought of backing them up. We need HELP!!! Thank you for considering us! 🙂 Happy Holidays.
We recently got a new computer and I don’t want to junk up the new one with all the stuff from the old one. This would be great for us!
My old 250GB external hard drive of 5 years has reached it’s capacity! So I need a new one now! This would be perfect for me and my family!
I never thought about until I saw the one posting of the lady that lost the pictures of her baby when the computer crashed. WOW! This would be an awesome prize to win. Thank you for the opportunity and the thought to get my computer life in order.
Love this giveaway!
As a photographer, I am ALWAYS backing up photos. Some of my other information doesn’t get backed up as often. This would be perfect to devote to backing up my laptop!
I really need to backup my photos.
I would love to be able to back up my pictures to something other than a CD.This would be a great alternative!
I would love to have this! perfect gift for the hubby since other wise he wouldnt get anything, no money here! lol
I would be in so much trouble if my computer crashed and I lost everything! This would really be nice to have!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to try to win one!
Losing all my pictures is something I worry about often…this would be great to have!! Thanks!
This would be a very good Christmas present for my son!!!!
What a wonderful prize!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! 🙂
my husband is in school and has been dying for one – i hope i win!!!
my portable hard drive is full and my new one crashed (and it wasn’t a back up it was my storage drive and I hadn’t done a back up yet- I suck).
I’m doing online school for photography and I could really use one of these for storing my photos and all.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It is on my wish list both at school and at home!
This is something I have been wanting desperately but it hasn’t been in the budget. As a single mom working full time, working part time and going to school part time (with 2 part time businesses as well) I could really use this to make sure I don’t lose any of my children’s photos or important documents.
I would love to win this to back up our pictures and files.
I LOVE all of your advice, now if only I understood half of it, I’d be ok!
This would be awesome! My computer keeps telling me I’m almost out of disk space and I have a ton of pictures on my computer
Thanks for reminding me that backing-up in an important thing that must be done
Definitely need to get something to back up my computer…I couldn’t imagine losing everything!!
Now on my own I really need to take care of personal information and files.
This would be wonderful! A few years back I lost all my pictures when my computer crashed. It was not a fun experience.
I really should start backing up my computer. What a good idea
I need this backup. I have been having so many problems with my computer the last couple of weeks that I am about out of ideas on how to keep it going and I sure would hate to lose everything I have on this computer. HELP…..I need a backup fast !!!! I think it is on it last legs.
It would be awesome to have a backup because I would love to keep all my pictures in one place!
I need a new external HD…so many precious memories, I’ve already filled one up!
wow, that would really be cool if i had that for my little netbook that holds up to 1gb. that would really help me out since i worry alot about filling up my computer .
I have lost information twice and would love to have this for my business and also for family photos!!
This would be a great Christmas gift for my daughter. She has had a hard drive go out before and lost all of her schoolwork. Very distraught when her mid-term paper was on it.
This would be a great Christmas present for a photog I know.
As a photographer, I have lots of photos that I have to back up! This would be great!
My wife is a professional photographer. This would be great for her work!
This would be great,
This would be a wonderful present for my hubby. He is getting ready to head overseas with the military. Thank you for putting the offer out there for a lucky winner.
My laptop is 7 yrs old so I would LOVE to win this!
What? Laptops are not infallible? Bummer! 😉
Hope to win!
Would love one!
computer is on its way out this would be awesome to be able to save everything thanks
Thank you so much for your fantastic back up advice! The WD Passport would be a great help in the backing-up process – I’d hate to lose my all my pictures and videos.
This would be awesome, I may have to change laptops soon & that would really help, plus I hate not knowing if something may happen to all my info/ pictures. It would sure be a load off if I knew they were safe & then I could finally delete some pictures off my camera! :o)
Nice Review and Giveaway! I would love to win this to backup all the photos, family videos, tax documents and other important documents that are on my laptop.
Thank you for the reminder of why not to leave an external hard drive plugged in all the time. Would love to win this.
I’ve been wanting to buy an external hard drive, but couldn’t afford it since our baby was born..my pc space is getting smaller and smaller every day as we take a lot of pictures. The other day, I had to delete some pics to get more space in my pc..(the laptop is a small one)I was really sad. 🙁 I’d love love to win this. Thank you for such a great giveaway.
My kids do a virtual school and I always have to scan in their work….would be nice if I could back it up so I could save forever…
i really like backup, as there is a chance to win wonderful prize and keep my all pictures in one place also.
An external drive would be a lifesaver!
My wife would love backing up her stuff to this practical little thing. I’d be proud to give her that prize.