You would think I’d be an expert on backing up and recovering my programs and data by now, wouldn’t you!? Well, I wish I could say that I am. I push my computer to the limits, as I’m on it a lot and have suffered through 2 major hard drive crashes and upgraded goodness knows how many computers. This is my third laptop and we’ve had several desktop computers over the last 20 or so years and every time I have to reinstall everything, there is always something that gets lost.
I really must get my automated backups happening a bit more often. If only every program would work like Memory Manager’s Shadow Copy. Watch out for this weekend’s tip on how to set up your Shadow Copy. Once set up, that little baby just whirrs away and keeps all my photos safe. My family tree program is the same, although there is an option to say no to the backup. I try hard not to press that button too often. Also my finance database has a backup feature, reminding to back up my data. If only Storybook Creator would have an automatic backup feature in it too, then all the pages I had created during the pixels2Pages NSD virtual crop, would have been safe and I wouldn’t have to recreate them all over again. Thankfully that’s all I lost and a few emails.
This time, I’ll be setting up the automatic backup feature in Windows 7, however I do like to have a bit of control over my backups so that in the event that I want to retrieve just a few things, I can find them more easily.
All in all, I didn’t do too badly with losing things. Here’s my list of data that I keep to make sure I back them up often.
- Memory Manager Shadow Copy
- Storybook Creator projects, packages and user content and content licenses.
- Favourites (Bookmarks)
- My Contacts
- My Documents
- Legacy Family Tree
- iTunes Library
- Activation & License Codes of all my programs
I keep my data files, my default email folder and my Storybook projects under My Documents now, and even my Memory Vault is there too, so it’s only a matter of copying one complete folder across to my External Hard Drive (EHD) as often as I can. As it turns out, once a month is still not enough, so now I’m backing up once a week. Actually, I became so paranoid that I backed up my Day2Day project as soon as I completed a page last night.
As an extra backup, I have now installed a 1.5 terabyte EHD and use the Windows 7 backup set to go every Friday night. But wait, there’s one more thing I MUST do, a system repair disk. Yes! So in the case my computer won’t start at all, at least a system disk will get me to base 1! You didn’t realise there was so much to a computer did you? Well most times you don’t need to know these things, and I’m sure your friendly techi guy loves you for not knowing!
Dropbox is another option that I use, mostly for my Legacy Family Tree files and my Quicken backup.