This post can be useful for many people, especially if they have never been through this situation. In my case, I've only had 2 hard drive failures.
Before I lost my hard drive the first time, I was doing my backups manually every week or sometimes every month because I had never had any problems, but just before the incident I had not made a new backup for almost two months and well in my case I was lucky because I only lost two months and not 10 years of information. After this incident I started to move almost all my files to the cloud, starting with something as simple as using imap instead of Pop3 for email (this happened a couple of years ago, do not judge me ... now I use Google Apps) . Then I will explain in detail the tools and how I use them.
The second time, I was already working with almost everything in the cloud but also with the documents of the week on the desktop so when I had the second incident I only missed a week of work (not that bad ... but it's still a week of Work that must be redone) That's why the goal of this post is to help everyone avoid any loss of information these days with tools that most people can use for free or that are part of their job:
- Mail & Calendar: Before we hosted email in the office, but we switched to Google Apps and now we use Google Mail + Calendar. They used to be a free service in case you had a domain of your own but no more.
- Work Files: I used to backup on my own external hard drive now I use google drive for the work files because they are attached to the email and the rest of the suite, so Google Drive (it provides you with 5GB storage at the moment, but that will change soon) is perfect for this task. But is not bad to have a backup on a hard drive just in case.
- Personal Files: I separate this from the work files because of the size, mostly because I have a lot of music and games so I use DropBox and I pay a monthly fee and all my files are secure and this service works in the same way as Google Drive.
- Bookmarks: This is special, a very important topic for me because I'm always reading a lot of stuff, so first of all now Google Chrome is the browser by default and this is because is linked to my email and this means that bookmarks and all the information will be sync up and I don't have to make any backups.
- Open Tabs on the browser: I always have at least 20 tabs open in my browser and when I switch computer or my computer dies I used to lose all of them but with the add-on called TabCloud you don't have to worry about that anymore.
As you can see with these tools you can avoid losing time or information and continue working. I hope this helps and if you have any question in particular please just write a comment.
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