For the Love of God, Back Up Your Stuff!

by Mike on January 12, 2011

I just had a pretty bad scare – I spilled a glass of soda on the Macbook that contains all my personal data and photos.

So, I did exactly what you’re supposed to do when you spill something on a laptop. I quickly removed the battery, and turned it upside town in a tee-pee shape. Thankfully my house is extremely dry in the winter which should help the moisture dry up.

I’m going to let my Macbook dry for at least 24 hours before booting it up again.

Thankfully, I regularly back up my computer – including two hours right before this latest spill – because I am deathly afraid of losing my photos, music collection, and personal data.

So I’ll ask you – are you backing up your stuff? Because I’m telling you right now, you’re just one spilled cup of coffee or accidental drop on the floor from losing all your photographs.

Buying even the fanciest external hard drive is WAY cheaper than using a hard-drive recovery service, and anything, even a keychain-sized flash drive, is better than nothing.

I personally use LaCie rugged hard drives to back up my Macbook, but again, anything is better than nothing. Even a big flash drive works better than nothing.

Trust me, you need a backup solution WAY more than you need a D7000 or 5d Mark II, and preferably, that backup solution should be kept off-site. (something I need to do)

Why? Because if your house burns down and you loseyour computer AND your backup drive, you’re still sh*t out of luck.

Just ask yourself, if I lost all the data on my computer right now with no backup, what would I do? Do you have an answer? Because I sure as hell don’t.

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Sharon January 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

Stop drinking soda – that stuff will kill ya! 😉

I hear you though. I started backing up my stuff regularly after having learned the hard way.

Cam March 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I had roughly 2,000 photos before my son came and I never backed up. 2 years later 10,000 photos more and I have a safety deposit box with one backup drive sitting in it and another attached to the computer at all times doing regular backups. I exchange the two every month. I usually upload my most 2 recent months of photos onto mobile me. Our relatives live far away and need regular updates of the grandson/nephew/cousin.

James March 24, 2011 at 7:47 am

I completely agree. I use a cheap, Western Digital with 2T capacity. Macs are great computers, but the hard drives they use are notorious for crashing. I keep my entire photo collection on the external and use the “switch” option to work with projects stored on the external. I’m thinking about adding another external, just in case. I shoot RAW and store Tiffs, so the Mac gets full way too fast without the external.

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