Digital file storage is one of the lessons in life we all learn the hard way. Or most of us do. When did you last back up your computer? Your phone? I bought a new computer this weekend (yay!) and retired my Grandpa Macbook Pro. He hadn’t been the same since a hard drive crash in February. I had backed things up in January, but that backup failed on my external hard drive. Luckily a backup from October lived. Which meant in February, I lost everything I saved/made/shot from October – February. It could’ve been worse, but it wasn’t good.
Around that time, I decided my current dropbox and external hard drive method of saving stuff wasn’t good enough. It’s not that the resources were bad, it’s that I am not reliable enough to back-up my items every few weeks. I shopped around and settled on Carbonite. Carbonite is a web-based back up of your device. You install the program and it does a daily back-up. If you lose everything (or buy a new computer like I did this week) you just go to the website and re-download everything. You can also just grab one file that you need. So if you create an IEP on your home computer and then forget to email to yourself, you’ve got access through the web. If you ARE creating documents with student names/information on your personal computer, Carbonite has a Pro Plan that is HIPAA/FERPA compliant.
Carbonite isn’t paying me to promote them, I just thought I’d share how much of a time saver it has been for me! If your life in 10,000 pictures is on your computer like mine this piece of mind is well worth the yearly fee.
How do you backup and save your files? Are you good at backing up the files every month?
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Judy Hale says
I am the WORST at backing up files, mainly because I never think to do it AND I don’t really know how!
Looks Like Language says
Thanks for the reminder, Jenna! I have a great extra hard drive connected to my desktop, but now I use my laptops most of the time and forget to do it! I’m sorry you had problems. I will be checking out your recommendation! Linda
Annie Doyle says
I use carbonite also. In fact, I became so worried about losing my files I got a two year subscription!