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World Backup Day 2024 Encourages You To Save Your Stuff

World Backup Day (March 31) was started by Ismail Jadun, who started the annual campaign in 2011 to recognize the importance of trustworthy backups. People and organizations can take the backup pledge. I have been writing annually about this event to encourage people to have good backups of their digital content. Backing up your digital data helps prevent it from going away. Digital material can be corrupted, the storage media can be damaged and various other misfortunes can cause you to lose your digital life. Having a backup, or ideally more than one backup of your data can protect you and ensure that you can access this data when you need it.

Close to 20 years ago I had a personal encounter with the value of backing up my data. I was writing a review of some engineering work that I had done up to 12 years before that I had stored on various types of storage media over the years, from floppy discs, zip and Iomega cartridges, to optical discs and internal and external hard disk drives on a number of different computers over the years. I was able to recover perhaps 80% of the digital data because I had kept the computers that these various media were recorded on with the drivers for the various readers. I used paper copies of the rest of the data to help fill in missing information that I needed. I was able to write the review but it was a lot of work to recover that data. I would have benefited from a more robust backup strategy to have made access to that data easier.

Today, I do regular backups to a local external storage device for two computers in two locations, synchronize data files between those two computers through the cloud and have a separate regular backup to a cloud backup application, Backblaze. I hope that these levels of backups will help me keep my data for when I need it. Many storage experts recommend that you have three different backups on at least two types of media. I try to do this with a combination of local external HDDs and two cloud backups.

A couple of years ago, I had a problem with a computer where the internal storage device failed and my hard drive backup failed as well. I was able to recover the files using my various other backups and also Drive Savers helped me recover some of my backup files from the failed external drive, but I had to find and reinstall the applications I needed to use these files. Things could have been a lot worse if I hadn’t had these backups. I can personally attest that it is worth it to protect your data in advance as a loss of data can at least be a major inconvenience and could destroy a business.

Many companies offering products to back up your data are offering special discounts to buy their products and subscribe to their services. It is worthwhile to create your own backup plan to keep your data safe.

March 31 is World Backup Day, a reminder of the importance of backing up your valuable digital data. I recommend creating a two or three level backup with a local backup and a cloud-based backup. Back up your data so you don’t become an April Fool.

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