One of the most stressful moment in my career thus far had nothing to do with a presentation or a particularly challenging project. No, the most stressful moment came after I’d finished a project…and my computer crashed. How can you avoid the same fate?
Here’s a simple (if unpleasant) fact of life: At some point, your computer will die. You’ll go to turn it on, the screen will turn a weird color, and everything that you’ve been saving on that computer will be lost to the world.
It gets me stressed out just thinking about it.
And because this a fact of life, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. That is, you can’t prevent your computer from dying—but you can prevent your information from being lost. And, quite probably, you disappointing your clients.
If you are not using an automatic backup program on your computer, you must start using one. Now. (Well, finish the article—then get to it!)
An automatic backup program will run in the background and save any changes that you make to documents. Why is this so important? Well, chances are, if you’re manually backing up the files on your computer to an external hard drive or cloud or something like that, you do it only once in a while. Or less frequently, if you’re kind of lazy about that stuff like I am.
But automatic software is backing up your files regularly and then dumping the old versions to save space. So, say, you wrote the most genius copy of your life one night and the next morning your computer is dead. You can visit the software company’s site and retrieve the last saved version of your copy. Now, depending on when the backup ran, it might not be the absolute last version of your work—but it’s certainly better than nothing, isn’t it?
You have options for software, but the most important thing to be sure of is that the software runs automatic backups even while you’re working. I’ve heard good things about Carbonite, Zmanda, and NovaStor. They all cost a bit, but it’s certainly better than the price you’d pay when you don’t have copy to deliver to your client.
Carbonate’s auto backup and data management solutions are marketed to “keep your data safe for its entire lifespan, both at home and at work.” Their data recovery also promises to restore or recover data quickly.
The basic plan offers unlimited, encrypted, automatic backup to a secure cloud and lets you back up files, photos, and music. The basic plan starts at just $5.58/month. Visit Carbonite to get more information.
Zmanda claims to be the world’s leading provider of enterprise backup and recovery products with over one million systems protected. Starting at just $5.99/month per terabyte, it’s an affordable backup solution.
They offer a 14-day free trial and a free demo, so it’s definitely worth checking out! Visit Zmanda to learn more.
This one is more for as you grow your business—but we always tell you to dream big, right? If you decide to build your copywriting agency, you may want to offer backup solutions for your entire team. NovaStor offers business backup software and data recovery solutions for small- to mid-sized businesses.
The pricing plans start at $2,500/year but also offer unlimited servers and apps as well as all upgrades and updates. Check out their robust plans on their website.
So, go now. Set up automatic backup and protect yourself from the inevitable!
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Last Updated on October 25, 2023