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Published on March 31st, 2014 | by admin

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World Back Up Day

‘I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st‘. That’s the pledge that the organisers of World Back Up Day have asked each and everyone one of us to adhere to.

World Backup Day falls on just one day before April 1st, however this is no coincidence as they use the tagline ‘Don’t be an April Fool’.  It is certainly no laughing matter when vital documents become irretrievable for whatever reason, including because of an over-zealous April Fool’s prank.

Created by a 24 year old college student in 2011 along with a community of Reddit users, there is certainly no time like the present to protect archived files by making a backup copy.

A backup is a second copy of all your important files, for example music, photos, videos, documents and emails. Instead of storing them all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything using either storage media or backing up online.

Unfortunately losing files is far more common than you might perceive is the case and there are a number of scenarios which can lead to data becoming lost. These include hardware failure, theft, obsolete file formats and even forgetting where files have been located.

Even if you think that you would never find yourself in one of these unfortunate situations, there is another compelling reason to back up your data – inevitably one day a machine upgrade will be required and it is a seamless procedure to transfer all files over if you already have a back up copy of all those files.

The good news is that there have never been as many ways to have some kind of safety net for ensuring data is never irretrievably lost.

Using storage media as a means for backing up important data, there are a number of options depending on your capacity and connection requirements including CD and CDR, Data Cartridges, DVDs, Hard Drives, Memory Cards and USB Memory Storage.

As an alternative, storing files online can be achieved by using ‘online drives’ such as One Drive, Drop Box or Google Drive.

Whichever option you choose, it is vital to recognise the risks of data loss and take a prudent approach to prioritise ongoing data backup starting on World Back Up Day.

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