Backing Up Is (Not That) Hard to Do
Sure, I can give you some tricky, technical examples of fancy backup strategies, but they have no point here. You want to know the basics, right?
So here’s what I do to back up my files. I back up every week after I enter my data for the week. Then I stick the disc (you might use any removable disc, such as a USB flash drive, or a writable CD) in my briefcase so that if something terrible happens (like a meteor hitting my office building), I don’t lose both my computer and the backup disc with the data. (I carry my briefcase around with me — a sort of middle-age security blanket — so that it won’t get destroyed in some after-hours disaster.)
Sounds like a pretty good system, huh? Actually, I admit that my strategy has its problems:
Because I back up weekly, I might have to re-enter as much as a week’s worth of data if the computer crashes toward the end of the week. In my case, I wouldn’t lose all that much work. However, if you’re someone with heavy transaction volumes — if you prepare hundreds of invoices or write hundreds of ...