01 October, 2007
It's the first of the month which means it's Back Up Your Files Day.
This is a bit of a rush job as I thought the first was tomorrow. Since when has September only had 30 days? I wish there was an easy way to remember the amount of days in each month. A rhyme for instance.
Anyway, the first paragraph of last month's post still stands, thanks to the nice extension of the deadline for completed scripts:
"If you're just finished your Red Planet Prize script or are still working on it then copy them across to your flash drive or external hard drive or email them to your webmail account."
I sympathise with anyone who has lost information as someone accidentally cut the power lead to my external hard drive. She could have been electrocuted but, to be honest, I was more worried about losing some of the information on there that I hadn't backed up yet. That might seem callous but the NHS is free and data recovery is really expensive. I only like her, I love my stored info. See, I'm not as bad as you thought.
My computer no longer recognised the external hard drive and I read all sorts of things about how a power loss can fry the circuits but I managed to trick it into working.
While researching (or panicking) about external hard drives, people recommended backing up to DVD as more reliable. Although mine was a freak accident, external hard drives can fail. If you haven't got a DVD writer on your computer you can get an external DVD writer which works through your USB. That's what I did with my previous decrepit computer. They have come down in price a lot.
You can get DVD-Rs which you can only write on once or you can get DVD-RWs which you can write on and delete later.
Check out Morgan for low cost computers and peripherals. Maplins is also worth a look. But sometimes PC World is better value and it's worth doing a comparison check.
Don't delay, do it today. It's Back Up Your Files Day, hooray!
How to decide what data to back up
Back up manually or use Windows XP Backup utility
How to choose an external storage format for backup files
Mac OS X: How to back up and restore your files