The working title of this post, albeit less unprofessional than the real one, is ‘Back Dat Sh*t Up.’ Trust me on this one—I had to wipe my hard drive clean this weekend. (Fair warning, I totally sound like a digital-native diva today.)
It all started Saturday morning when I woke up early to be productive before a day at the vineyard to celebrate my BFF’s birthday. That plan quickly died when I turned on my Macbook Pro—which is a young 18 months old—to see the dreaded “no Operating System” symbol flash up before my eyes.
55 minutes later on the phone with Will, my awesome Apple Care Support guru, and I hear the fateful question, “So tell me, do you have a Time Machine Backup Available? Because this isn’t looking good.”
No Will, no I don’t. That’s the type of thing people who never need a backup keep regularly updated. I, on the other hand, put ‘update external hard drive’ on my to-do list in December, and never quite got around to it.
So after a day of merriment and Trader Joes hummus with some of the best people I know, I sat down and resorted my computer.
Luckily, my hard drive was not corrupt, so it is still working great. Unluckily, I hadn’t updated my external hard drive since November 2013. All my pictures, fonts, documents, software gone—you name it, I lost it.
But you know what? Sometimes aggressive mobile uploading pays off, and between Facebook and Shutterfly, I think I will be able to retrieve most of my pictures from the past year. Because I do most of schoolwork over Google Drive and work on my work computer, nothing major is lost there. And because I buy all my music through iTunes (I know, I know Spotify is rad), it was easy to get my music library back.
I did have to bid adieu to my bootlegged copy of the Adobe Creative Suite, but was able to take the opportunity to finally take the plunge and download Creative Cloud. It plays much nicer with my retina display than CS5 did, and I am excited to explore all the new features.
So in an attempt to turn this huge time suck into a positive thing, I am trying to figure out how to make my computer more lean by only keeping the necessary files on my hard drive, and backing everything else up elsewhere—i.e. college essays, questionable photos from middle school, etc.
That’s where you come in—I’d love advice on how you back your files up. Do you use Time Machine if you’re a Mac User? Do you keep everything on an external hard drive that you manually copy over? Or, do you swear by a cloud management site like Dropbox?
I’d appreciate all the help I can get!
PS. Amidst all the file recovery, I also did some blog-keeping yesterday. Be sure to check out:
- My updated About Me page, which includes both facts you can and cannot learn about me on LinkedIn + my disclosure policy.
- The new ‘Pin It’ button on all my blog images so you can easily save your favorites.
- Easier-to-find social media handles since I am now katieurban_ on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. (New bios, too! Anyone else find it hard to express themselves in 140 characters?)