TRAVEL with pat and lew

computer backup

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 22, 2007

We’ve all heard horror stories of a computer crash leaving someone without crucial files, or the ability to manage payments and receipts. If you travel, you also have the potential of dropping your laptop or having it stolen.

YOU MUST BACK UP YOUR FILES REGULARLY (AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK) AND KEEP THE BACKUP COPIES IN A SAFE SEPARATE PLACE.

Flash drive (USB stick)

The best way to backup new files on a daily basis is onto a USB stick. Also known as a flash drive, a USB stick is a small device that plugs into your computer, after which it appears under My Computer as a separate storage device.

You can drag and copy new files to the USB stick. When you’re done, remove the USB stick and keep it someplace apart from your laptop.

USB sticks with substantial amounts of storage space are now available at very low prices.

Get two.

Have a backup for your backup.

I don’t wear a belt and suspenders, but we’re talking computers here, and the cost of losing your work can be dreadful.

more permanent backup

Beyond the USB stick, you should also make a more permanent backup, to another computer or to a CD or DVD. I do all of those things, periodically copying all of my files to Pat’s laptop, and also creating permanent CD or DVD backup disks, carefully labeled and stored someplace safe.

If you do all these things, and disaster strikes, you can be back in business quickly. If you don’t, it can be an unholy mess and can spoil your trip, or worse.

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