Backup plans – continued

December 29th, 2009

Well, I still didn’t get my garage cleaned out, but I did have a terrific Christmas with my family.

Since I am really serious about each person getting a good computer backup plan I am going to share a few more thoughts on this topic. ¬†It doesn’t really pertain to taxes but today that’s beside the point.

First, ask yourself what would happen if right now your computer would fail. ¬†Let’s suppose that everything on your computer was wiped out, and could not be recovered. ¬†Do you have a backup plan that would restore your important information? ¬†If not, I encourage you to take a few minutes to review your options. ¬†While I am certainly far from an expert on computer backups, I’m going to share some tips anyway.

1.  Web based backup service.  If you have high speed internet, you can choose to backup your data to an online service.  These services are automated, so you can set it and forget it (although it is a good idea to check in once in a while to make sure it really is working!)  They are also secure, using encryption services to protect your data.  There are many options to choose from, but one good one is

2. ¬†A portable hard drive. ¬†Another option is to get a portable hard drive that plugs into your USB. ¬†Portable hard drives typically hold 250 GB of data or more, and you can pick one up for around $130.00. ¬†You shouldn’t need more space than that for the average user, and backups are super fast.

3.  USB Flash Drives.  These compact little drives have been around for a number of years, and are continually getting more affordable.  If you only need a small amount of space for your backups, these may be the way to go.  For about $25 or $30 you can purchase a flash drive that holds around 4 to 8 GB of data.

4. ¬†An IT Professional. ¬†If your backup needs are complex or you don’t trust yourself to set things up correctly, call a technology professional. ¬†People like Nick Gunn at Scotia Systems ( can talk to you about your needs and set you up with a cost effective system.

These are just a few options. ¬†Whatever you do, don’t delay. ¬†I encourage you to make this an end of year priority.

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One response to “Backup plans – continued”

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