Warning: Newbies Remember to Back Up Your Data

by Mark Andrews Banned
12 replies
It can happen to the best of us at times. The most simple facts sometimes overlooked falsely thinking, "It'll never happen to me."

I've been online for donkeys years and never had a reason until now to do this as I've never experienced a major computer crash before, not that is until about 3 weeks ago.

So when the whole system froze up completely, I lost all of my current work. All of the copywriting projects I was working on, all my saved data from dozens of products, everything, the whole lot everything gone in an instant.

And no matter what I tried to resurrect, cure the cause of the problem nothing worked. Everything was in that instant - gone. Which instantly put me weeks behind schedule.

So for the past couple of weeks I've been working flat out to not only try and keep up with my current workload but a whole pile of past orders too. The aggravation it's causing me is pretty annoying to say the very least. But...

There is a very simple solution. Simply backing up all of your data every day.

Please don't think it cannot happen to you. It can. These things happen. It's just the way it is.

And if you're a newbie just making traction in this business, imagine how you would feel if in an instant you suddenly lost everything and had to start over again from scratch.

Don't let it... don't allow this to happen to you. Back up all of your data every day.

Believe you me... I'm kicking myself that I didn't. And really, after being in this business for this long - I should have known better. Thinking it'll never happen to me is now costing me dearly.

And all for the sake of spending a couple of dollars on a memory stick or using an online service to keep my data backed up. Believe you me the 'cost' is more than worth it.

If the worst does happen to you at least you can rest easy knowing you have everything safely backed up, so in less than an hour or so, you can be back up and running, unlike me, who is now running around like a headless chicken trying as fast as I can to rewrite many pieces of sales copy as well as trying to keep on top of my current orders constantly coming in.


Warmest regards,

Mark Andrews
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Excellent advise. As I tell all my clients - "backups are good, you can't have too many of them".

    I use Carbonite, an online backup service, to keep my ageing laptop backed up all the time. I wouldn't sleep at night without it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Timely advice Mark - the time that something like this happens is when you least expect it. As you say the best way to get around this is to get into the habbit of backing up your work Every Day. Should be the last thing you do before you log off for the day, spend a couple of seconds and back everything up.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    I have drive mirroring (RAID 1) on my main machine and a file server (running ReadyNAS) with RAID 5. Backing up is very very essential to any business.
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  • Profile picture of the author raleigh
    Sound advice, and your reminder is a good reminder not only to the newbies but to the experienced IM'ers as well who may have gone too complacent and have in time have taken for granted the importance of backing up their files only to be reminded of its value when something (Knocking on wood) happens.
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    • Profile picture of the author tina09n
      It sounds good
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      • Profile picture of the author LynnM
        Great advice Mark. Like many others, I found out the hard way that it's not if a hard drive fails, it's when. Lost a lot of paid-for stuff that couldn't be recovered. Like rosetrees, I now use Carbonite for backups.
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  • Profile picture of the author KillerJVs
    Not just for newbies man, everyone's gotta be backing up their data (not just computer data, but websites as well!)

    Good advice for peeps on al levels

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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineHenderson
    So sad to hear that you lost your data... I used to back up my projects on university, so I am familiar to it. I back up my work every time I save it. I just save it twice, once on my computer and I have a hard disk connected to save my work for second time.

    I haven't tried online back up, rosetrees, how is the online back up work? Do you store your files online?
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  • Profile picture of the author lizashaw
    Excellent advice Mark, sadly I learned that lesson the hard way too.

    If you have blogs or any other websites , remember to back those up too. I lost my blog a couple months ago and only now getting it back to where it was. Online servers crash or get corrupted too.

    Check out the latest post on my Blog
    Starting out blogging but no idea what to write about or how to get traffic? My Blogging for Beginners E-mail Course will help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
    For those of you interested in this excellent online data backup service...

    Online Backup

    Online Backup - Data & File Backup Software | Carbonite

    Warmest regards,

    Mark Andrews
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  • Profile picture of the author dssxxxx
    I use automatic backups on tape for my company networked computer and have 3 - 1.5TB external hard drives on my personal work computer, which backup regularly.
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  • Profile picture of the author dssxxxx
    I use Norton 360 for one backup.

    I use the WIN backup in WIN 7 for another and for the third backup, I select the files that are most important to me, such as Word and software downloads.
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