Back It Up

Speaking of file-transfers and cloud storage, over the past week I’ve received three tales of woe from students whose computers crashed and ate their papers/class notes/college career’s entire academic output. The common thread is that not one backed up their data.

Losing non-backed-up-data is like running out of gas. Everyone is allowed to have it happen to them–once.  If it happens again, shame on you.* There are many free or low-cost, easy to set up, set and forget, reliable cloud storage services. I’ve tried many over the years and now use Dropbox–not the free version because I’m backing up about 40 GB. I’ve heard Carbonite is good. There’s iCloud.  There are others. The point is–

  • select one
  • set it up
  • upload your data.

Easy. Back Up Your Damn Files. Tonight.

*Which brings to mind the timeless advice of President George Bush:  “fool me once . . . shame on . . . you . . . . fool . . . you can’t get fooled again.”

2 Replies to “Back It Up”

  1. Jixing Man

     Sometimes people are just too lazy to make that one click to the “back up”button, but the main reason is that people just don’t presume the crash would happen to them. Sometimes it does happen and sometimes it is excuse, i wonder what would happen if lying to the professor is made illegal, but it probably won’t make much of a difference. =)

    • Anonymous

      Re: lying to a professor–I was just talking about this with a student who graduated in ’09, who asked “do you believe students who say their computer crashed?” In some cases is doesn’t matter. If the student appears pathetic and miserable I know that either their computer or something else in their life–a relationship, their health, their performance in another course–crashed. Unfortunately there’s no easy backup system for the latter events.


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