Ok, Interwebs. I need your help again – this time with a computer-related issue. I’ve got an older computer, but my computing needs are simple and it doesn’t give me any problems, so we’re still pretty good friends. I don’t have any real plans to replace it any time soon. But faithful readers will know that its hard drive is already full. My desire to accumulate digital info is feeling a little bit stifled right now. I’ve also got an old external 80 GB hard drive where I’ve been keeping a second copy of my important stuff, but now it’s full, too. I just need some space, y’all (it sounds like we’re breaking up).
But more importantly, I need to develop a long-term plan for data storage and backup. I like to have two copies of all my important stuff in two different locations – just in case, you know? I want to be prepared in the event that masked robbers burst into my living room one day and demand that I turn over my Mormon Stories digital archives or my 2nd grade science fair report (where I conclusively prove that fire does, in fact, need air to burn). Currently, I store the external drive in a different part of the house, and just pull it out once a month or so to do a system back-up – then I store it away again. Should tragedy strike either one, I’ve still got my backup somewhere else (you know, unless tragedy strikes the entire house – then I’m screwed).
Obviously, the easiest solution to my short-term problem of my hard drive being full is to just buy a larger external hard drive. But since my existing hard drive is full, the external drive would pretty much have to stay connected to my computer all the time, acting as my primary storage space – which doesn’t leave me with two copies in two locations.
So, wise internet, what should I do to make sure I have two copies in two locations? Should I use an online backup system? Should I buy two new external hard drives (one for general use, one for backup)? Should I buy a new external hard drive and a new internal hard drive? There is a really good chance that we will purchase a new laptop somewhere in the near future (one that doesn’t sound like an airplane taking off when you turn it on…), but I don’t see that solving our storage problems, do you? What system do you use to make sure you’re data is backed up?????
So… wanna tell me about your data storage procedures?????