I've heard that there are only two types of computer users in the world. The first type is the person who has had their computer crash. The second type is the person who will have their computer crash....
Before going to bed on Saturday night, I turned off my computer. I never turn off my computer at night - I want it to be ready for me in the morning. I do not want to wait for my email to download and other programs to start up. For some reason, I turned off my computer Saturday night.
Sunday morning I pushed the power button. Nothing happened. It has been a while since I've actually pushed the power button to turn on my computer, but when the push of the button did not result in the computer turning on, I instantly panicked and thought, "when did I last back up my computer?"
Fortunately I did have a backup of everything on an external hard drive, but it was about two months old. I've done a lot in the past two months. I took hundreds of digital pictures on our Legacy Cruise to Europe. I've added a few dozen new people to my personal Legacy file. And I've received thousands of emails. All of this would be lost if I had to revert to my most recent backup.
It turns out that the power supply inside my computer failed. A new one only cost $39.95 to replace. But just imagine if something worse had happened and I lost two months of my history.
The solution is pretty simple, and it just takes a few extra minutes to set up my backup software, Acronis True Image Home, to create an incremental backup every day. After backing up my entire computer to my external hard drive, each daily incremental backup will only backup those files that are new or have changed since the last incremental backup. This saves time when creating backups, and best of all, it can be completely automated. I have now set up the software to make an incremental backup every evening at 2AM (I'm usually asleep by then...).
I still have not had a "computer crash", but when I do, now I will not have as much to worry about. What do you do to backup your computer?