Each day this week to celebrate Preservation Week 2011, we'll be posting a handy tip to preserving your own collections. Stay tuned, and check back tomorrow!
Back up your data!
Have you ever worked long into the night on a paper only to have your hard drive fail at 4am and lose everything? If you haven’t, be warned…this could happen at any time. So make sure your files are backed up to a cloud-storage system, external hard drive, or even DVDs if that’s all you’ve got. Here are some great, easy-to-use backup options:
- Mac – Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) comes with a built-in backup program called Time Machine. Requires an external hard drive.
- PC - Windows 7 comes with a built-in backup program called Windows Backup. Requires an external hard drive.
- Cloud storage – There are several cross-platform, cloud-based storage systems that will back your files online so they are not only safe, but also accessible from anywhere. Look for one that syncs automatically and provides secure data storage (Carbonite and Dropbox are two examples). Requires an Internet connection to run.