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Save Early, Save Often!

As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Taking time out of our busy day to perform preventative tasks can certainly be an inconvenience, however, it can be even more inconvenient to lose files that took valuable time and effort to create.

Here are some simple preventative steps you can take to help safeguard your files:

  1. Save your work periodically.  This is especially important after you have added a large amount of data or made major changes that would be difficult to reproduce. 

  2. Make it a daily habit to save your work and close out of any documents and programs you have at the end of the day.  Should something cause your computer to abruptly shutdown or restart overnight (power outage, computer updates, etc...), this will drastically reduce the possibility of your files being damaged. 

  3. Create a backup copy of your data in a safe place.  Keeping a second copy of important files on another computer, an external hard drive, a USB stick or in the cloud will help ensure you have a working copy should something disastrous happen to your computer. 

  4. Update your backups regularly.  Having backups is a good first step, however, it is important to make sure those backups remain relevant and useful to you.  It's good to update your backup copies at regular intervals and also when you make major changes to your files.  The question to ask yourself when defining how often to update your backups is: "what am I willing to lose?".

Investing a few minutes of time now could save you days or weeks in lost work should disaster strike.

, IT Systems Specialist   |       701-231-8685 Option 1

 

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