Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have
And maybe I didn’t treat you
Quite as good as I should have
If I made you feel second best
Girl I’m sorry I was blind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Willie Nelson

Don’t let this be the song that runs through your head when your hard drive suddenly turns belly up! What? Don’t have a backup? Didn’t you know that backing up your computer is one of the most important steps to take for your girl…I mean computer!

This is a followup to my previous post which was about getting digitally organized. Starting here is my first recommendation. Backups are extremely important, personally and especially for your business. You don’t want to lose your files forever because of a computer burp. You especially do not want to lose important business documents and have to waste time and money trying to recover your files and rebuilding your computer.

A number of years ago, I didn’t think I needed a backup. I was doing a lot of work on my computer and storing all of my digital photos! Then, BAM! I got hit with a hard drive crash and of course I did not have a backup. That cost me a years worth of my then young son’s life in pictures. It killed me. I was so upset. I actually still own the drive today. One day maybe I will be able to recover it.

Since then, I have been using a backup procedure. In my opinion, two backups are your safest bet; 1) Backup to a local hard drive, 2) Backup to the cloud. If something goes wrong with one solution at least you have another way to get your files restored.

Since that time I have been using a service called Carbonite. There are several options to this service. You can backup the main files you use on a daily basis, like Word and Excel files, photos and music. You also have the option of backing up and external hard drive or even creating a mirror drive should your computer fail.

There are several other cloud based backup services out there. I have heard of Backup Blaze and Mozy and some others use Dropbox and Google Drive. You can also do a manual back up to the Amazon cloud which gives unlimited free space if you are a Prime user. I prefer the backup specific applications as they give you a lot of options and even the ability to access your files remotely and automatically do your backups for you. You can basically set it and forget it until the day you may need it.

Start on this right away! Don’t let lost files be “always on your mind!” Treat your computer like your best friend. Hug it…treat it right…and don’t make it feel like second best.