Backup is Your Friend

Do it.
Do it now.
Do not pass Go.
Do not collect $200.

I’ve been meaning to back everything up for a while now. And then last week I had to reinstall Windows because my computer wouldn’t boot properly, and it was too late.

Luckily, I had moved some things to my D: drive recently, so I didn’t lose everything. Just the stuff that was still on C: – which was bad enough. The photos that hadn’t been backed up to DVD are still on the SD cards, so I didn’t lose those. It could have been much worse.

I plan to back my files up on a more regular basis now. I want to use a combination of online storage like MyBloop and Windows Skydrive as well as backing up to CD or DVD.

In addition, documents can be stored, edited, and shared with Google Docs. Actually, I’ve had some problems sharing documents with Google Docs, but I love that I can create and edit online, and the docments are available from any computer. Some of the documents I had stored there came in really handy when my computer was down. I just need to get busy and upload the rest of them I want to save.

I just signed up for Evernote, too. It’s supposed to be a good way to keep track of everything and sync it between the internet and different computers. I wish I had been using this earlier because I lost some important information I had in my email – all the email I had on my computer is gone.

So, taking my own advice, I’m backing up everything as I go now.


DVD Backup

Underside of a DVD-R disc, modified to have tr...Image via WikipediaI have way too many photos on my computer, and I really need to delete some of them. I have most of them backed up on CDs and DVDs, but I still have trouble deleting them off the computer. My hard drive is getting full, so I really need to.

I opened my Corel Photo Album program this morning to see how long it had been since the last backup, and how much room the files take up. It says – 1759 MB, 8 months. So how much room will that take up on my DVD? I always forget so I looked it up:

How much information can I put on a DVD disc?
DVD-5 = 4.5 GB
DVD-9 = 8.5 GB

Also, I had to look it up to see how many MB in a GB:

1024 MB = 1 GB

If the program would back my photos up to the DVD without finalizing it so I could add more later, I wouldn’t worry about it so much, but I hate to waste room on a DVD by burning one before I have enough to fill it. It looks like I’m not ready to back-up to DVD, so I’m going to have to figure out which photos are already on DVD and get some of those off this computer.

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Backing Up Your Blog

I’ve been blogging with Blogger for quite a while. I’ve never had any problems with it, but there is always that possibility. I hate to admit that I had never backed my blog up until very recently. I had more than a year’s worth of posts and comments that I would hate to lose. I saved each archive page to my computer, which will give me the posts but not the comments.

Recently I found out about another option. I can import all my Blogger posts and comments to my blog. I had signed up for a free account and created a blog a while ago, but I’m not really using it, so tonight I imported all of the posts from this blog. It was really simple and quick – of course, I don’t have nearly as many posts on this blog as on my other one, so that one will probably take a bit longer. I will also have to change it to the New Blogger, at least long enough to get it backed up.

To back up your own blog – first, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for a free account at Go ahead and create a blog there. You can have as many as you want – all for FREE. (I love free stuff!) Once you have a blog, select your blog from the “My Dashboards” drop-down menu. Once on the blog dashboard, select “Manage” and there will be an option called “Import” – choose that. There are several options, for our purposes, and because that’s what I did, choose “Blogger” and it will ask you for permission.

Howdy! This importer allows you to import posts and comments from your Blogger account into your WordPress blog.

To use this importer, you must have a Google account, an upgraded (New, was Beta) blog, and it must be on blogspot or a custom domain (not FTP).

The first thing you need to do is tell Blogger to let WordPress access your account. You will be sent back here after providing authorization.

Hit the “Authorize” button and grant access when Google asks. Once you authorize it, you will be taken back to where you will see a list of your Blogger blogs. Select the blog you wish to import, and hit the “Import” button. Magically, all the posts and comments from that blog will be imported to your blog! In the future, when you want to do a back-up, any posts and comments that have already been imported will be skipped.

How cool is that? Now, since it’s a back-up, I will probably eventually set my WordPress blog to private, because I don’t really need duplicate content out there. What I do need is the peace of mind I get from knowing everything is backed up – just in case.