How & How Often Do You Back Up Your Files? [We Ask You]

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back up your filesIf you own any kind of digital device – from desktop to laptop, tablet to phone, and more besides – it’s important to back up your files on a regular basis. How regular is up to you, but leaving those documents, photos, albums, videos, programs, etc. sitting un-duplicated for too long could result in one of the horror stories Ryan recently discovered happening to you.

I have my own horror story of an old hard drive that died taking months worth of my poetry and short stories along with it. I could do nothing more than curse my bad timing/luck for a while and vow to keep on top of back-ups from that moment forward. I’m still laxer than I should be, but I do it more often than I used to. Lesson learned, partly at least.

This Week’s Question…

How, & How Often, Do You Back Up Your Files?

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So, for this week’s We Ask You column, we want to know two things: How often you back up your files? And how do you back them up on those occasions? I should say straight away that if you have any horror stories to recount about lost data as a result of not backing up regularly you should go and comment on Ryan’s article. After first reading it through, of course.

This article is designed to find out how often you back up your files, and how you do so on those occasions. The intention here is to take a straw poll as to how often the MakeUseOf readership backs up its files, while discovering what the most popular methods for doing so are. We may even discover some new or unknown-to-the-mainstream methods or services along the way.

Do you trust cloud-based storage solutions for back-ups or do you prefer physical-based storage solutions such as an external hard drive or USB stick? Have you tried a number of different services and settled on one in particular? If so, why? What does it offer above the others? Is there one make of physical storage device you trust above all others? Or are the claims made by many over security levels and failure rates mostly bunkum?

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Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what ‘You Told Us’. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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