The One New Year's Resolution

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-31-2013 03:06 PM - last edited on ‎05-04-2016 10:54 PM by (4,226 Views)

Back up your digital data.

 

It’s easy to become complacent when it comes to retaining data on modern devices. They make storing documents, pictures, video and audio so easy that once you hit the “Save” command, most of us just assume the data will always be there. But any Agent will tell you, we are all one spilled cup of coffee or dropped laptop away from a damaged drive and lost data. Oh sure – drives can be brought back from the dead. But not all of them. And it can be an expensive process. With just a little regular maintenance, you can avoid losing those pictures from your daughter’s birthday party and those spreadsheets that are helping you finally make sense of your financial situation.

 

The first thing I usually suggest to clients is to get all your data to one place. Download the pics and audio from your phone onto your laptop. Pull everything from your tablet onto your laptop. Getting everything in one place will make backing up the data much simpler.

 

Now comes the actual backing up part. Here are some links to resources to help you get started.

Here’s an excellent article from PC World magazine about backing up your computer.


The Absurdly Simple Guide to Backing Up Your PC

 

Cloud services can be a great storage location for your backed up files. Here’s an a blog post that summarizes and explains cloud data storage.


Look! In the Cloud (It’s Your Data)

 

To take a step back and get a sense of how digital storage works, here’s a post that links to a series of articles that gives a good overview of the process.


Where Did That File Go? (Digital Storage Basics)

 

To check on how you’ve done on past resolutions, here are some old blog posts. It’s okay, nobody’s perfect…

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