March 31 is World Backup Day, and it’s a fitting reminder to take a moment for an annual checkup on how you’re doing with your backup processes and habits.
Here are three important backup steps to help make sure you don’t wind up being an April Fool!
Step 1: Assess How Well You’re Doing Right Now
- Do you have your important photos and files backed up in a place other than your computer?
- Are you backing up automatically or regularly?
- Have you given a copy of your files to someone outside your household?
- Is your computer backed up?
Once you answer these questions you’re ready for the second step.
Step 2: Set Some Goals For Improvement
When I did this step I realized there were several ways I could improve:
- Deal with the dwindling space in my external photo drive.
(Buy a bigger drive or delete unnecessary fluff?)
- Finish Digitizing family papers and memorabilia that haven’t been documented.
(They’ll get destroyed in a catastrophe too).
- Purge bad or blurry or duplicate digital photos dating back to 2003…
Sounds like I have my work cut out for me!
So lest you get discouraged…move on to the last step:
Step 3: Celebrate your wins from the past year!
Our biggest win this year was that Charlie and I both signed up with Backblaze.
Backblaze automatically backs up our computers PLUS any external drives we attach to the computer.
Not only that but it does it in an organized way. Amazing!
I can go online and actually navigate through my folders to find something I want…
And if we have a failure Backblaze will mail us a drive with all our files.
We learned about Backblaze from a member of the Family History Hero community and we signed up under her link so she and we would both benefit.
If you’re interested in a free trial of Backblaze, here’s our affiliate link.
How about you?
Let me know on the Family History Hero Facebook page what your biggest priority is for the coming year to make sure your photos, papers, and memorabilia are truly backed up!
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