Tomorrow is World Backup Day – Is Your System Backed Up?

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Did you know that March 31st is World Backup Day? I didn’t until I saw a note yesterday.

So what is World Backup Day? As noted on the web siteIt’s not only a day for backing up your personal data, but it’s also a day to talk about the enormous task of preserving our increasingly digital heritage and cultural works for future generations.

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How often do you backup your computer or mobile device? You should do it weekly if not more often. And ideally you should use the 3-2-1 backup principal: three copies of your data, backed up on two different types of media and one off-site backup. Disk drives do not last forever and you may not see be alerted to a pending failure. (NOTE: if you do have a drive failure, trying to recover it with something like SpinRite may get your data back.)

For us Mac users Time Machine makes the local backup easy. I run a Time Machine backup at least weekly to a drive in my NewerTech dock. For my iPhone and iPad, I back them up through iTunes on my Mac.Third party software such as Carbon Copy Cloner or  Get Backup Pro can also be used to clone your system disk, giving you an alternate bootable image.

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However you decide to make a backup, please make one today. You never know when catastrophe will strike.


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