Data Backup Day – March 1, 2013

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Spring is right around the corner now that March is here and you’re getting ready for your Spring cleaning right? Well what about cleaning up your act when it comes to backing up your genealogy data?

Remember that it’s never to late to get in the good habit of a regular backup. ¬†Follow along here at GeneaBloggers where the first day of each month is Data Backup Day.

Ways To Backup Your Data

“Back in the day” the ways of securing your data meant copying to CDs or “ugh” even floppy disks (remember those?). Luckily these days we have more and more devices including cheap external drives with 1 TB or more of store and online applications that will backup your data – for free!

  • Hard Drive: if you have room on your hard drive, create a “copy folder” of your essential data. This not only gives you a second copy but is what you can use to copy out to CDs, DVDs or other media.
  • CDs and DVDs: if your computer has a CD or DVD burner, you can create your own CDs and DVDs to store data.
  • External Hard Drive: an external hard drive can connect to your computer via a USB connection and they can hold 1 TB (that’s terabyte as in 1,000 GB) at a relatively cheap price (some under $100). What’s also nice is the size: some can fit in the palm of your hand.
  • Online Backup Services: there are a variety of sites that allow you to backup your data – some even for free!

Data Types To Backup

The main focus is your research database but think about backing up these items as well:

  • blog posts and templates
  • emails
  • Internet favorites and bookmarks
  • photos and scanned documents

Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

Photo: Backup Backup Backup – And Test Restores at Flickr courtesy of Topato

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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