They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but those memories are priceless. Today, most pictures exist on your phone and computer, but what happens when one of those items break, get hacked, or become outdated? Backing up your devices is the best way to protect your precious files, but picking the backup system that works for you can be a daunting task. In honor of World Backup Day, Picture Keeper has created this guide to help get you started.
What is a backup?
A data backup is a copy of your digital files kept off of your computer. They’re often used to restore lost files to a computer or to transfer files between computers.
Why should you backup?
If you’ve ever lost a family album do to a fire, flooding, or even a crashed computer, you’ll understand the value of having a copy of these files kept somewhere safe. Picture Keeper always recommends having multiple copies of your important files and keeping at least one backup in an offsite location (like an office or trusted family member’s home). If the worst happens, you’ll be able to restore these files right back to your computer.
How to backup?
There are quite a few ways to backup. You can upload your data to the cloud, backup manually to a hard drive, or use a Picture Keeper USB drive to automatically backup your files. The amount of backup space you’ll need depends on the type and amount of files you need to protect, and it’s always smart to do multiple backups. Setting up a backup routine can help make sure that your backups are always up to date and are working correctly.
How often to backup?
The frequency by which you backup your computer can vary widely based on how often you upload or download important documents to your computer. For best results, you should be backing up between once a day to once a week. Backing up frequently will cut down on how each backup takes and will ensure that all of your files are protected. If you don’t upload or download things to your computer frequently, you may be safe running a backup once a month. However often you choose to backup, adding a backup to your routine will help you remember to backup and protect your files frequently.
The 3-2-1 Rule
Picture Keeper USB Backup
Picture Keeper is here to take the hassle out of your backup routine. In 3 easy steps, Picture Keeper goes to work finding and backing up your photos, videos, and files straight to the Picture Keeper USB drive. Once done, you can store it away for safekeeping until its time to backup again. There’s no need to download software, drag-and-drop files, or pay monthly subscription fees. When it’s time to back up again, Picture Keeper’s smart backup picks up where the last one left off, even if you’re using a brand new Picture Keeper!