The Psychology of File Back Ups
In recent years, a variety of devices have come out making file back up easier than ever. Still, getting important files copied to a new off line disk or thumb drive has been, and always be, the greatest obstacle anyone faces. After all, the PC was suppose to be the next major home appliance. Turn it on for entertainment. Turn it off and forget about it. Still, the PC demands a bit more attention than simply tending to the power switch. So how to tend to the need for regular file back ups?
The simplest of philosophies is to turn file back ups into just another routine. When it's time to pay bills each week, add ten minutes to the routine for copying personal files to the thumb drive. Gas bill check, light bill check, phone bill check, back up computer files check. Cut the grass, tend the garden, or walk the dog? Schedule a full system backup to an external hard drive just before starting routine chores or exercise.
Whatever routine works best, be consistent, orderly, and repetitive. Organizing personal files into a single location on the PC hard drive can make back ups simpler. Still, some applications encourage or insist that data files run from specific folders on the PC. If the data is too important to lose, know where it's located and back it up as part of the routine. Some applications have built-in back up routines that even remind the user when to back up data, but the back up typically stays on the computer until transferred to off-line storage by the owner, making it only half a solution.
Whether the back up solution is a $20 thumb drive or a $1,000 software/hardware solution, consistent repetition is how to win the back up game.