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 great because I am afraid of loosing all the photos I have downloaded on the computer.
Back up is a must! If you schedule the back up you don’t have to think about it. I would love to have a good external drive for back ups!
This would be great. I can’t imagine losing all the photos I have of my family.
I would love to win.
Thank you for the wealth of information you provide! I would LOVE to win this!
I have been wanting one of these for a while…what a great product!
I would love to win this!! The hubby would be stoked!!
Ooh I need this. I don’t back up and I know I will live to regret it one day.
I would love to have one of these, I have been meaning to get one but with 3 kids it always seems to get put on the back burner with everything else:)
It is so important to keep backups! I have a smaller passport and would love to have another.
I could really use this since I currently have no way to backup my computer.
This would be a great way to secure all my information. I work from home and it would be really bad if I lost it all!
OMGoodness, do we need one of these..plus it would be a great b-day present for myself 😉
I have learn hard way that backing up your work/ pictures etc. is VERY important! ;D Good luck to us all!
i am technologically stunted! i didnt know i should back it up. than u for making me aware. 🙂
Backup is always a good idea. 🙂
Backing up is a must-I would be lost without all the info on my computer! Thanks for this chance to win!!
Just what I wanted for Christmas! As a photographer, my computer and external hard drive are full!
Just what I have been searching for! This would be awesome!
I would lose all my pics of my kids growing from birth to now last 3 years 🙁
I need to do this…so scared of losing my files and photos! Thanks for the chance to win!
This would be really great to have, hope I win one.
I so need an external hard drive…I have never (I know I should be ashamed) backed up my computer!
This is so useful!!! Thank you for taking the time to share and administer the sweepstake. Hope I am the lucky one….
I would love to win this! I’ve needed one for a long time and haven’t been able to buy it because of how much they cost.
We regularly back up our info. (mainly photos), but we are filling up our external hard drive way too fast!
We really need one of these. Thanks!
This would be awesome to back up all my family pictures!
I would love this to back up all the info and photos. I am so afraid I am gonna lose everything.
Yes, I need a hard drive. I have alot of valuable information I need to store some other place.
yes backing up is a must though i am not as good as i should be. I have 2 months worth of pics i need to back up now! this is an awesome giveaway, hope I win
I really need to backup all of my pictures!!!
I sooooooo need an external HD! So many pics I don’t ever want to lose! 🙂
Thanks for the reminder..I need a larger backup drive..;)
I had no idea that you could get one of these…..don’t ask! I know I’m a little behind….lol I have lots of pictures and stuff that it would kill me to loose…I need one 🙂
Would LOVE to have this piece of mind 🙂
I totally need to get one. My other laptop went down and I lost all pictures I uploaded to that 🙁
I have lost pictures because of computer crashes before and I so need an external to back them up on. Seems putting them on CDs only last so long!
OMG I NEED one of these. I almost lost all of my data the other day when my Mac froze, but those Genius people really work miracles. But I for sure need to start backing up my stuff at least once a week incase I run out of miracles next time.
This would be great to have as we have already had two virus’s that have wiped our computer this year!
I would love to win this! We have needed an external hard drive for years.
My husband and I are on opposite ends of the “how to best back things up” discussion. I want a home device and he wants things stored offsite incase of fire or theft. I don’t like the idea of my pictures and things being stored in a computer mainframe that could be hacked into. Any suggestions?
I have pictures of Disney from 10 years ago lost on an old laptop. I would love to have a way to back up my photos.
We desperately need to back ours up. It needs to be reformatted soon!
This would be awesome because I constantly take pictures of my son and forget to put them on a disk. I also have a ton of music on the computer and Ive lost the disks over time lol
I have been bugging my husband to get one of these for a year now. This would be a great early Christmas present. What a grat idea. Thanks
I am SO in the need for an external backup! I have 6 generations of genealogy research, including scans & photos that I don’t want to lose! Good luck everyone!!
I would love to win!
We already lost an entire photo library once, and we still didn’t learn our lesson – we have yet to back up anything! If we win this, I’ll back up our hard drive right away!
I would love one. Had one before and broke and lost everything.