Wednesday morning, I discovered that the power adapter wouldn’t connect to my laptop. 85% of my battery remained. I’m compulsive about making daily backups of my current projects, but I had returned from a trip and hadn’t had Internet connected during my writing sessions. I wasn’t sure I had the most current of everything.
I’m sure it isn’t a surprise that I spent the morning backing up everything on my laptop, just in case. It took awhile to make back-ups to my cloud services and to a DVD-R, but I succeeded with 30% of my battery power left.
The incident reminded me of the days when my husband and I ran a computer repair business. So many times, people brought in a misbehaving computer or laptop with the plea to save their personal files: photos, music, videos, contacts, and writings. We’d find out the client hadn’t backed up any of their files since they purchased the computer. Sometimes we were successful at copying the files to disks. Often we couldn’t get everything they wanted because of hard drive failure.
Backing files up to clouds such as iCloud, OneDrive, or Google are easy and affordable. Most times, these can be set to be automatic. There are other backup services that can be set to copy a file the instant you create it on your computer.
I also recommend backing up your recent files onto DVD-Rs at regular intervals, if possible. This way you have a permanent copy of the important things, like your photos, artwork, and writings. I know it sounds archaic, but online companies come and go, or change their terms to things you may not like. The other benefit is when you get a new computer, you don’t have to copy all of your files from your old computer to your new one. The older items are stored on a DVD-R and can be placed in a fireproof box until needed.
Flash drives and SD Cards are handy for backing up daily things if Internet isn’t available, though be careful, they stop working over time. When I hop from a PC to a Mac with my flash drives, the flash drive gets corrupted more quickly.
My computer scare had a happy ending. It turned out, if I had put on my reading glasses, I would’ve seen the tiny pebble that prevented the power cord from making a full connection. Once it was removed, my laptop charged with no problem. Not only that, I got a DVD-R of all my writings out of the deal. My cloud storage systems were current and now I have duplicates of some files, but I’d rather have duplicates than lose something.
If you haven’t done so in a while, please take a few moments to back up the important files on your computer to a physical storage device to save future heartache.