I have always thought I was being careful about backing things up on my computer. I had a flash drive that I used primarily for my Teachers Pay Teachers items that I created, and for items that I have purchased. I also had most of these items saved on my computer. It became easy for me to save on the flash drive and then print some things at school. Well, I got a little lazy about saving twice- once on my flash and once on the computer.
When I went on vacation recently, I had a long drive ahead of me, so I thought, "Hey, I'll work on some of my TpT stuff in the car!" Well, I did, and forgot to save to the computer, I was just saving to the flash drive. About 4 hours into the drive on the way home, I put the computer down by my feet. you can probably guess what happened... Yep, I completely bent the flash drive, and lost ALL of my data. Hours upon hours of work gone! You can also probably guess what my reaction was. Complete freak out! I realized how many of my items I did not back up on the computer. My device that I originally bought as a backup had become my primary place to save! BIG MISTAKE!!!!
I immediately got on the phone to the computer repair store near my house and asked if it is possible to recover data on a broken flash. They told me it could be, but they would have to see it first. My husband dropped it off for me this morning, and we got a call that they were able to save my data! Of course, for a pretty hefty fee. This was a pretty expensive lesson for me.
I am now looking into a new backup system, and need some advice. I am thinking of using an online backup like Carbonite, but don't really know anyone who has used it. Should I look into an external hard drive? Do you have to keep that plugged in? What do you use to back up your laptop? Any comments are appreciated!
Thanks for listening!