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Beep Beep Beep

Beep. Beep. Beep.

You know the sound: trucks warning you that they are backing up. React quickly so you don’t get hurt!

If only your computer would beep at you, warning you that it is about to be hit by lightening or to experience a hard drive crash. If only it would remind you to, um, back up.

Sigh.

How quickly could you recover? You can always purchase a new computer and reinstall the software. But would you (could you?) recreate your files or re-take your pictures?

Probably not.

Best to back up your files on a regular basis. Fortunately, it is not difficult.

You will need:

  1. an external storage device with enough memory to store your files
  2. a mind with enough memory to remember to back up your files

Many computers have built-in software to back up files automatically — “Time Machine” on a Mac, “Backup and Restore” on Windows 7 — but they require you to keep the external hard drive plugged into your computer.

This is not a bad plan, unless your computer is hit by lightening and the external hard drive is fried along with it. Can happen.

I suggest: in addition to — or instead of — an external hard drive connected to your computer, regularly back up your files onto an external hard drive that you detach from your computer and store separately. Just have to remember to do it.

Back up your files. A computer crash is bad, but not as bad as it would be without a backup.

Beep. Beep. Beep.