Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 Genealympics - Event 3 - Back Up Your Data!

On July 28th, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings announced the opening of the 2012 SNGF (Saturday Night Genealogy Fun) Genealympics; see his post here for more info on this fun way to share the results of your genealogical research. 

The Flag of Me

Today's event - the "Back Up Your Data!" event from the 2008 Genea-Blogger Games:

Backup data to choice of formats (flash drives, CDs, DVDs, online) or storing hard copies properly (safety deposit box, safe, etc.).
A. Prepare a comprehensive backup plan for your digital research files and a security plan for your hard copies and photos
B. Secure your hard copies and photos in waterproof containers
C. Backup all your data using a flash drive, an external drive, CDs, DVDs, or an online resource
D. Have all your hard copies and photos scanned and secure them either in a fire-proof safe or offsite in a safety-deposit box/secure environment
E. All your data is backed up digitally and secured physically and you can recover from any disaster while losing only one month or less worth of research

Qualifications for "Back Up Your Data!":
Complete Task A - Bronze Medal
Complete Task B - Silver Medal
Complete Task C - Gold Medal
Complete Task D - Diamond Medal
Complete Task E - Platinum Medal

Having suffered the consequences of not having adequate back-ups for my genealogy data in the past, I opened a Dropbox account a couple years ago. But still there were important photos and some documents and folders that were not backed up there.

Today I went through the Documents and Picturies libraries on my hard drive and moved all the remaining genealogical documents, folders and photos to My Dropbox. Now I can say with confidence that all my digital data is secure! I just have to get it all organized. And work on a plan for the hard copies….

Task C Completed – Another GOLD medal!

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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