Reasons to Back Up Data

  • Physical failure of the computer’s hard drive: Almost certainly at some point in time the hard drive will fail, sometimes without warning.
  • Floppy disks are for temporary storage, not permanent storage. Floppies go bad quickly.
  • Power failure or spikes to your computer will lose data not currently or recently saved. If a power surge fries the computer’s motherboard, the file allocation table of the hard drive is lost.
  • Virus attacks to the computer can destroy data files.
  • Simply moving data from one location to another isn’t backing up information. You should have at least two copies of the data.
  • For the best protection of data or photo files have at least three copies: the original files, an easily-accessible backup, and a protected copy.


Local Backups

  • Save data to any of the various media such as CD/DVDs, external hard drives, USB Flash drives, or a Windows Home Server or Mirra.
  • Store the data offsite at another location or in a bank safety deposit box.
  • Do not store data in a basement if the area can be flooded.


Online “Cloud” Backup

  • Store data online, making the information accessible from anywhere with a password.
  • Email your book data files to one of your email accounts as an additional backup.


Steps to Backing Up Data

  • Make note of the data files to be saved.
  • Back up the most important data files first.
  • Set a schedule for regular backing up or set the backup software to do so automatically.
  • Verify the backed up information.

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This website is the work of Starla Criser, an author who has published more than 50 stories, both traditionally and through self-publishing routes.