- Set a backup schedule: Backup often, most backup software allow for user specified backup intervals. Set an interval which is suitable for you. Ie: You transfer images from your camera to your PC once a week, therefore, backup once a week.
- If possible, use a physically separate hard disk: And keep it disconnected only until you need to use it, to prevent power spikes / surges from damaging it.
- Backup on different media: Consider backing up to DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc. Discs have no moving parts, so are less likely to fail. But they still do fail, ie: breakdown of the dyes, scratches and so on caused mainly by improper storage and over-optimistic lifetimes stated by manufacturers.
- Store your backups in a different location: In the event of a fire, natural disaster, theft, at least your backup is in a different location and less likely to be affected.
- Update your backups: No point having backups if they're on tape that can only be read by a specific tape reader that's obsolete.
Hard disk on the fritz
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