The Norman Transcript


March 29, 2014

World Backup Day: Don’t be an April Fool

NORMAN — Friends don’t let friends go without a backup.” “Don’t be an April Fool.” These are only two of the slogans adopted by World Backup Day 2014, an effort by Ohio-based 614a Ltd. to encourage people to backup their precious computer files before they are lost. World Backup Day is March 31.

Computer guys like me are often guilty of throwing around computer terms without checking first to see if people understand what they mean. Using terms like “backup,” “files” and “external drive” may be second nature to some folks, but to others, they have never been defined and so, are misunderstood and ignored.

One thing I like about the website is that the website owners have actually taken the time to explain things in a way that most anyone can comprehend.

“What is a backup?” the site asks. “A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails,” the site explains. “Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.”

“But, why should I backup?” I am asked this question all the time. Even though, in the back of their minds they know better, many people have been led to believe that their computer-based devices, including their iPads, laptops and smart phones, are somehow perfect and, therefore, indestructible. They are genuinely shocked and confused when these devices let them down and their irreplaceable family photos accidentally disappear in a puff of digital smoke.

“Losing your files is way more common than you’d think. Ever lost your phone, camera or tablet? That counts. Your stuff could have been saved with a backup. One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about,” the website continues. The website speaks the truth here. I am often begged by desperate computer owners to wave my magic computer-guy wand and raise a crashed computer from the dead, recovering precious files that could be lost forever. But, file recovery is not magic. Sometimes it works, and sometimes, if things are too far gone, it doesn’t. Backups are the key to keeping your files, no matter what else happens.

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