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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Oh, this would be great!!! My computer has been very slow and I’m afraid I will lose all of my files and photos.My money is tight right now so this would help alot.
Could always use it!
I’m a student and would love to have one so I don’t lose any of my school stuff and it’s backed up just in case.
I really need an external hard drive to back up all the old family photos and recipes I’ve scanned along with the new.
awesome..between marriage pics…deplyment pics and we have a new baby…we could use a back up..I swear I take at least 50 pics a day of the baby,,lol
I so could use this great prize! Thank you!!
Thank you for breaking it down for me. I really need one.
Couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of backup. It only takes losing something once to make that very clear!
I could use this. Have had hard drives fail and loose documents and pictures.
I’ve never backed up any of my stuff, this would be GREAT to have.
could def use this!
I personally lost all of my sons pictures from birth to his first birthday, and cried for DAYS! I have everything now saved to my external hardrive, but only have one. Never thought about having another one, but I definitely need it. I can’t stand to lose anymore precious pictures!!
Thanks for the reminder, it’s way to easy to loose docs and pics…
Great reminder… we definitely need one!
This would be great for my husband to take to Afghanistan with him. I hope we win!!
I need something to back up all my kids photos and videos. Not sure what I would do if I would lose those!
I’m a mom of 5 and find it hard to do a traditional scrapbook for my kids so I do it digitally. I had a computer crash this summer with pages I had made BOO:(. An external drive would have made my life much better.
This would be wonderful to have! Something to back up all those family photo’s and video’s you don’t want to lose.
I would love this and if i don’t win i’ll be asking for one from Santa too.
A few years ago on my old computer, I lost everything….wish I would have had one of these. I have so many pictures and files I wouldn’t want lost. this would be great!!!
I could definitely use a backup system!!! Thanks for the chance.
I would love to have one for my family, they are a wonderful piece of technology! Keeping pictures safe is vital!
Wow what if all my sweeps were erased! I need this!!!!!
It would be great to backup my hard drive. I have so many pictures that Id hate to think what would happen if it crashed. So I could sure use it.
Thanks for the chance!!
Oh this would be wonderful!!! WE have alot of our business info stored on our pc, not to mention a gazillion photos!!
I could definitely use this with the many pictures and documents from school.
I would LOVE this and could certainly put it to good use!
Would love one for pictures
This would be amazing! I am in the market for a nice-sized external- I was a victim of my hard drive crashing just 2 weeks ago.. my computer is less than 3 years old. 🙁 Luckily I had most, but unfortunately not all backed up, because my external wasn’t large enough. I am a full time mom and do freelance graphic design from home.
As my computer gets older, I fear losing everything I don’t have backed up here and there. I could really use an external hard drive. WD was the brand recommended to and purchsed by my son.
We are desperate for an external hard drive to back up our new computer!
I don’t know what i’d do if I lost my pictures & other vital information.
This would be amazing to win! Count me in!
We lost our honeymoon photos because of a hard drive crash. We need more space on our tiny backup drive though, so this would be SO awesome to win!!
I’ve been looking to buy one of these.
I would love one of these. I’ve experienced a computer crash and lost all my baby’s pictures from her 1st year of life. I paid big bucks to get those back, but it was worth it to me!
I would love to win this.
This is exactly what I’ve been waiting to purchase! I just started my own photography business and am waiting for a few paying jobs to fund for an external hard drive. It would be great to win one!
This would be great & much needed!
I would love to win this and make sure I don’t ever lose pictures again!
My computer is 5 years old and on its last legs. I’d love to have this so I could back up all our data before getting a new computer.
I recently had a scare of loosing all of my babies pics from 1st year when my computer got a virus….so now we have been trying to save to get one of these, winning this would be GREAT!!!
That would be so great. I would hate to lose all of my pictures!
I could definitely use this drive. I have a lot of important school related documents that would be devastating to lose.
Great review and tips!
Would love to win this to back up pics and videos of my boys!
This would be a great technological advancement to have. I recently lost all of my pictures of my kids that were on my desk top. If I would have had an external drive I would still have them
Oh this would be wonderful, I have so many pictures on my laptop now & I’m afraid of it crashing & losing them all. It would make me so very sick to think I lost all of my children & grandchildren’s pictures along with vacation and hunting/fishing pics.
I also keep alot of files for several of us on here & really need to have an external hard drive.
I really should get one of these. Storing all my photos shot in raw has very quickly filled up my existing external drive.