Make every Friday "Backup Friday"

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572


Many of my friends consider me lucky because I've only had one hard drive crash with my computers, and in that one I only lost about 10% of my data, none of it really critical to my operations.

I have my computer set to do automatic daily backups of just the new and changed files. On Friday, I have it set to do a ghost backup of my complete internal hard drive to an external hard drive.

Although hard drives are much more dependable than they were 20 years ago, and while you might think that a hard drive crash can't possibly happen to you, it can, and it will, probably at the most critical juncture of your involvement in that $5 million escrow where you represent both the buyer and the seller.

I have six 1-TB external hard drives, five filled with digital music files and one that is just for backup of the internal hard drive of my computer.

External hard drives are extremely inexpensive in today's world, and many of them are plug-and-play with USB 2.0 ports. You can get a 1-TB external hard drive up and running in just a few minutes, and the case design isn't half bad, although they could still use some designer colors other than black. Hmmmm. I do have some purple paint (don't ask!) in the garage.

Anyway, Fry's Electronics is currently advertising the following prices on external hard drives at our local brick-and-mortar store:

  • 1 TB - $154.99
  • 500 GB - $79.99

You can also get smaller hard drives if those are too big or too expensive still for your needs. I believe that every real estate professional (actually, anyone who does critical work at home, including personal work such as taxes, budgets, etc.) needs to be prepared, and prices for storage has never been lower.

If you don't have a Fry's Electronics, check online. You can find lots of bargains.

Buy one, plug it in, and sleep better tonight. I guarantee it. Well, maybe I won't guarantee that you'll sleep better tonight, but you sure will that night when your hard drive crashes and you casually say, "Oh, well, let's use the backup hard drive."

Gotta go. I'm on my way to Fry's.

MAKE EVERY FRIDAY BACKUP FRIDAY!

 

 

 

 

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Angelia Garcia
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Yes,it is a good idea to backup your files but not everyone does it.  Including me.  I keep telling myself I will get around to it.

September 27, 2008 06:08 PM
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Douglas Harland
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Hi Jim, Practicing the piano with your cat seems like a very pleasant way to spend your time. I digress from your post, is that ok?....Doug

 

October 06, 2008 02:22 AM
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Sarah Eubanks
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Jim, This is a good common sense suggestion.  The kind we think about, but sometimes get too busy for because it is not on our schedules.  :)

October 04, 2008 08:10 PM
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Susan Emo
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Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

I NEVER have backed up my computers and always PLANNED on doing it ONE DAY!.  Then our office was broken into and a colleague's laptop stolen.  That forced me into action and I signed on to Carbonlite.com  - a backup service:

"Carbonite installs a small software program on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files to back up. It looks and feels like part of your computer, and is integrated with your desktop, so there's nothing new to learn.  With Carbonite, restoring files is quick and easy. If you accidentally delete or otherwise lose some of your files, it takes just a few clicks from your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or "just dies" and you lose all your files, you can easily restore them to a new computer."

November 09, 2008 10:59 AM
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Julie Chapman
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Jim,

Thanks for this timely reminder....we are very sporadic with our back up and that is my fault.....

November 15, 2008 09:13 AM
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