Friendly Reminder: Back up your Data!

Yes, all computer people will tell you this. And all people computer-savvy enough to write and read blogs know it. It goes in the same category as “test your fire alarms every quarter.” We know we oughtta–but we don’t, do we?

I discovered when attempting to load a file to send off to a comrade (it’s coming, Anastasia ;-)) that my venerable (in tech terms, at least) flash drive has bit the big one. It was where I kept all of my dissertation data to avoid it being spread across six or seven different computers. It served well, but, alas, is no more.

Fortunately, I had everything saved somewhere else and had backed it up not too awfully long ago. I only had to reconstruct one file–it was a serious pain in the but because it consisted of about seven other files written in non-sequential order but I had a print out of relatively recent vintage to guide me.

In short–this could have *really* sucked, but it didn’t. So please: back up your data!

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About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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3 Responses to Friendly Reminder: Back up your Data!

  1. Annie says:

    Whew! Lucky for you!

  2. *Christopher says:

    A good reminder that I’m always . Also, remember, don’t just back up data on harddrive, disk, flash drive, etc., but send regular revised copies to yourself by e-mail. It’s like having a third storage option.

  3. Derek the Ænglican says:

    Absolutely, *Christopher–that’s one of the reasons I was planning to send this out…

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