Over the years I’ve had two laptops die on me. Yes, I had backed them up – a few weeks previous to the crashes. But I still lost much data. Two students last semester had their flash drives toasted so that they could not get data off of them and they needed the data for their end of the course portfolio.
So let’s check: How often do you back up
Your files at school? (How often does the school back up student files?)
Your bookmarks if they are not online bookmarking?
Your wiki or blog- in case your provider does not back it up?
Do you back up your information to at least two different storage device – perhaps an external harddrive and a DVD?
Do you store those backups in two different locations – one at home and one at work? Don’t keep both in the same location! The house of a person I know was destroyed in a fire and all of his multiple backups were destroyed.
Do you save critical files online such as in your Google docs or email them to yourself frequently?
How do you protect your valuable work?