Tech Tip #43: Backup Your Work Often

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Today’s tip: Backup Your Work Often

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Category: Maintenance, Security, Email

Q:  How often should I backup my project? How about my whole hard drive?

A:  I teach students to save early save often (Tech Tip #15), when working on a project. You decide what you can tolerate losing: ten minutes or ten hours. After all, if the computer loses your work, you’re the one who has to start over.

Me, I save each project I’m working on constantly and then save-as to a backup location when I’ve completed the document. A lot of people skip the backup process. Don’t!

More options for backing up:

  • Email it to yourself. Then, save it to an email file called ‘backups’.
  • For files too large to email, save it as an attachment to a message that’s stored in ‘Drafts’.
  • Use an automated service like Carbonite that works in the background, daily. These may charge a fee (Carbonite is about $60 a year), but takes the guesswork out of whether you’ve saved a file as a backup.
  • Rely on the program you’re using to back your files up. This is a good option for many internet-based programs (like Canva) and Google Apps, but sketchy for others.

As for the entire computer, once a week is good.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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2 thoughts on “Tech Tip #43: Backup Your Work Often

  1. First day of teaching technology, I would ask the students, “What are the three most important rules for using computers?” After listening and listing the student responses. I would answer, “Some say that they are: Backup, Backup, Backup.” Then one student might ask, “What’s the fourth rule?” I would respond with a grin, “Backup.”

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