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40 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Links: Day 5

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Here in the 21st century, everybody does nearly all of their work on the computer. Professors and students alike will write manuscripts, prepare presentations, and analyze data on their personal computers. I can almost guarantee that you store the majority of your work on the hard drive of your computer. Imagine with me for a moment, if the hard drive on your computer failed. How much data and time would you lose in your work? Now imagine if you had a backup of all your data in a separate, secure location. How much time and stress would this save you?

The correct answer to both of this questions is a ton!! I cannot stress the importance of having at least one, preferably two, backups of your research. I currently have a 1 TB hard drive that I back up at least once a week (and I should do it more) and I also have a dropbox account setup that saves my data to an offsite location. What this does is protects me from loss in many different situations. It’s extremely unlikely that all 3 data locations will fail before you can create a new back up, but the odds are not as good with just 2. Better to be safe than sorry, especially with something that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. Get a good backup and you’ll save yourself massive amounts of pain, frustration, and wasted time.

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Written by Taylor M.

March 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

Posted in The Basics

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  1. And don’t forget to hit ‘save’ OFTEN when writing!!!

    coolmom2112

    March 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    • Amen! You never know when your computer is going to randomly hang and you have to force shut it down (like I did the other day….)

      Taylor M.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm


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