I can honestly say in the past 20 years that I have three distinct things always to be true. First off, things change as fast the as the people around the change are willing to change. Secondly, no matter how smart you think you are, there is someone a lot smarter I promise. Finally, the third thing is that the more things stay the same, the bigger the change that is coming will be.
These three rules have helped me move data for government agencies, companies and for organizations that sit between the two (NGO’s and other organizations that deal with the government directly but are not part of the government). People don’t like to hear the bad news, but the reality is moving data can be painful. Even on the best possible days, it can be painful.
One of the things I learned many years ago was anything you currently have you have to be prepared to lose it. That means when considering data, you have to make copies. Not one, or two copies sitting in your house just waiting for a fire or worse, no fire but a lightening strike. Lightning does some hard drives.
1. Have an off-site backup system in place
a. Hard drive at your neighbor’s house is a great start
I. Make sure you have a copy of their family pictures on a drive in your house as well, it is only fair
ii. You need to make sure that you can easily once a month or so copy your new pictures to that hard drive
b. Off-site such as Carbonite (my favorite) is even better)
c. The combination of hard drive and Carbonite backup is best!
2. Backup your phone, you never know when that phone dies, and you don’t have any of the pictures you were going to have available but never got around to moving.
One of the nice things that Windows 10 provides is the ability to connect your iOS or Android phone to your SkyDrive and do automatic uploads of pictures. While it is automatic, you should still back up your phone as well.
My recommendation is the following configuration:
· One of the WD or Seagate Cloud drives (use this as your home backup drive). This lets you back up your computer and your data!
· Buy a year subscription to Carbonite. (it is cheaper by the way than the first option) And make sure the agent is running on your PC. You probably will have to leave your computer running for a weekend just to get the first backup done.
The value proposition to being able to have a complete backup of your compute systems is well worth the 99 bucks Carbonite charges for a year. The other option is to buy a portable drive and put it somewhere safe that isn’t in your home. Or combine option 1 and option 2 and have an even more robust backup! I know, I’ve lost a lot of information over the years. If you don’t backup the computer through you, increase the likelihood of failure.
Plus Carbonite has a nice on-line application that lets you connect to your backup files from your tablet or phone while you are on the go. They (Carbonite) used to have the best mobile backup for pictures, but they no longer offer that service.
It isn’t hard to set-up a home backup. It is like realizing on a Friday evening that your network is saturated as Netflix throws up its buffering screen and you sit on your couch wondering. Maybe that Doc guy that kept posting about networks, bandwidth and backups wasn’t crazy. Maybe we should segment our home network and backup our files. That way there is less chance of something bad happening!
Images provided by my cell phone collection!