Do you back up your data?
As a genealogist, I have many, many records, photos, etc., stored on my computer. As a family historian, I have the same kind of records. I do print out some of the records – I like having a paper copy at times. However, many of the records are stored just on my computer – not in a file cabinet.
If I had a power surge, wiping out my hard drive, the surge would wipe out all of those precious records!
Even if I print out a copy, I also store every record on my external hard drive. And, this external hard drive is disconnected from my computer when I complete my backup. That way, if a power surge did occur, the surge would not harm this external drive.
Many people back up their data to an external drive on the 1st day of each month. I do mine more often – a few times a month. I do is especially on those days when I have “found” new data that I would be lost without.
Something to think about!