Do you have your memories backed up?
It’s so easy to forget. Easy to put off. You could keep telling yourself “I’ll take care of that next week.”
And then it happens. Your hard drive fails. You get the blue screen of death. Your computer won’t turn on. Your biggest fear has come true, you potentially have lost all of your memories and all of your digi scrap supplies. I have been there before. Panic sets in and you aren’t sure you can still breathe. This doesn’t have to be the way, there is an easier way.
Backing up. I started backing up my supplies, pictures, and layouts about five years ago. I had had a near loss experience, and knew that I couldn’t put it off any longer.
There are plenty of options for backing up your supplies. You can use an online backup service, such as Backblaze. For a small cost, these services will back up your computer pretty much continuously. If you ever lose your information, you can restore using this service. I use Backblaze as my main way of backing up my pictures, layouts, and supplies.
Another method is to use cloud storage systems like Dropbox. With cloud storage, you can upload photos and layouts (and supplies) and they are stored “in the cloud” in addition to your computer. I use this method for photos, mostly the recent photos I have taken. I don’t use “the cloud” for my layouts or supplies.
A third option is to use an external hard drive to back up your supplies. In this situation, you would copy your supplies from your computer and save them on the external hard drive. This method is great if you have access to an additional external hard drive and have somewhere safe to keep it. I know many people who use this method, although it’s not my first choice of backing up.
Whichever method you choose, it’s vital that you backup. You never want to experience that fear of losing everything ever again.