Many of us have the terrible habit of not backing up important files or programs. Of course, then when something goes wrong we feel lost. We’re suddenly faced with a lot of work to catch up on, or we have to jump through hoops to recover files, or we have to come to terms with the fact that those files are gone forever.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today is “World Backup Day,” a reminder that you should backup your data before anything could possibly go wrong. A backup is essentially a copy of your file; it can give you some peace of mind in case anything should go wrong with your computer or phone. And, if files are lost or damaged, it means that you’re not back at the start of an important project or left without precious memories.
Backing up files is not a complicated process. A basic hard drive, such as the 750GB Toshiba Portable Hard Drive, lets you backup files by simply copying and pasting them from your computer’s hard drive to the portable drive. For added peace of mind, you could pick up a portable hard drive that takes care of the backing up process for you. Toshiba’s Desktop Hard Drive, for example, comes with software pre-loaded that automatically backs up all your files. Password encryption also keeps these files safe from prying eyes.
It’s not just PC users who need to back up their important files. Apple Mac users, otherwise known as the creatives, have their fair share of files that they need to keep safe. Thankfully, there are storage solutions for them too. Not only does the Apple AirPort Time Capsule allow you to back up files, but it keeps your workstation free from annoying cables. It backs up your Mac automatically and wirelessly. Time Machine even saves multiple versions of a file, so you can go back to a particular point in that project’s life.
These backup solutions not only provide added peace of mind, but they can make life easier for you in the long run. At some point, you will have to replace your PC, laptop, or MacBook. Naturally, you’ll want to port many of your files over to your new system. Having recent backups, and particularly backups on a portable hard drive, makes it easier to transfer these to your new system, so you can start using it as soon as possible.
To fill you in on World Backup Day, or simply terrify you into backing up your important data, the group behind the day released a video detailing why it’s so important to save your files. So, don’t leave it before it’s too late and you end up learning the hard way. Backup your most important files now.
In Short: Don’t make an April fool of yourself, back up your data. That is the general message from those behind World Backup Day on March 31st.