World Backup Day asks you, “What would you do if you lost everything?” It’s a difficult thing to contemplate, but most of us have been there at one point or another – whether its losing a paper you spent all night finishing, precious moments you captured on camera at your loved one’s birthday party, or even just a corrupted installation of your computer’s operating system, backing up your data can be one of the easiest ways to save your self some computer heartache down the road.
The movement to convince users around the world to back up their important digital files was conceived by Youngstown State University student Ismail Jadun; Jadun, along with help from users on Reddit, have taken an idea on a messageboard and created a polished movement with a clearly defined – and important – message.
Having trouble figuring out where to get started? You can store copies of your important data locally, on a network-attached storage device (a NAS is a set of redundant hard drives in a small box that hooks up to your network and can be stashed inside of a closet) such as Iomega’s StorCenter ix2 or Western Digital’s sturdy DX4000 Sentinel.
If you’re more the kind of user to keep things lightweight, however, you may be interested in sending your backups to a safe, offsite location, made easy thanks to the ubiquitousness of cloud storage. We like Carbonite, Backblaze or, my persronal favorite, Crashplan.