Model of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple now situated at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Don’t wait until  you learn the hard way. It’s just too annoying.
Back up your work on your computer now.

How you back it up will depend on what you are trying to protect yourself against:

  1. a computer crash
  2. fire
  3. theft

 If you want to have your files backed up in case of a computer crash, which is the most common problem, then an external hard disk, connected to a USB port, is probably the easiest and cheapest back up method. There are many on the market and although I’m not going to recommend any particular one, as I’m not  too pleased with my current one, please, any of you reading this feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments section.

If you use this method, and your hard disk dies, you will have the information saved (until the last time it was backed up), but it may be easy or more complicated to retrieve this information . When you buy your back up disk check up how the information is retrieved.

   If you are worried about theft or fire then you may want to consider an off-site back up, online where nothing is physically  attached to your computer. Your work is backed up by a company  in cyber-space, usually for a monthly or annual fee. There are many such sites available, all offering various options. Google 'online back-up' and see the possibilities or ask someone for a recommendation.

However, unless your work is backed up every day  ( the more likely scenario is once or twice a week – this is something you have to decide) you will have days when your work / research / half written story or article is sitting  in your  computer when you turn it off and it isn’t backed up.
What I do,  is send the work to myself by email. Set up an email address which can be accessed by any computer ( e.g. gmail / yahoo etc -  not one attached to your place of work) and attach your work to an email and send it off. Should  you not be able to turn on your computer in the morning, your work awaits you as soon as you can get to another computer and access your email.

 Whenever I take  photos whether they are of the family or to accompany articles, I immediately download them onto the computer  as soon as I get home , just in case something happens to my camera..  (I’ve lost two in the last  three years so it’s  unfortunately a possible scenario for me )
However I only delete them from the camera once  the computer has backed them up.

Do any of you have back-up tips or recommendations?


  1. Hands down the best backup system that I use for documents is Dropbox. They give you 2GB free storage (more than enough for your documents) and you can pay for more if you need it (pretty reasonable prices). All of your files are securely saved in the cloud and you can work on anything, wherever you are,k at any computer.

  2. Gmail accounts can be deleted without notice so if you want to use it as a backup system you should back up your gmail account (you can use or a different service to do that).