Sunday, March 16, 2014

Backup!! Another lesson learned

Please, please.  Back up your computer on a regular basis;  a very regular basis.  AND, don't just use an external drive.

This story isn't about me;  it's about YOU.  Last night, while my husband Walt and I were at a 70th birthday party for a friend (we were gone a little over 2 hours), a group of about 3 (according to a neighbor) broke into our house.  Long story made very short, but a friend had come to the backyard, saw the broken window, ran to the neighbor's house and he called 911.  He also saw the group run out of our yard.  So, he knew there were at least 3; he knew what direction they ran, etc.  Not too much was taken, but three bedrooms were ransacked (YES, horribly).  Walt and I are OK, except this morning we're tired; didn't sleep too well last night.  Now we just have lots of cleaning to do, insurance company to notify, locks rekeyed (just in case), etc. 

So, where's the story about you?  This group dropped some of the bags in the back yard.  In them were 3 computers AND my external hard drive:  where all of my backup files are stored.  I've been meaning to get cloud storage, but just haven't.  This week I'll be doing a few things differently, in case you hadn't guessed.

I guess what I'm trying to say is use something that is not near your computer when you are backing up, because something may happen to both the computer and the external device. 


  1. Hi Karen,

    Wow! So scary! Glad you were able to recover the computers and your hard drive. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It's so important to have our valuable digital files stored offsite.

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Robbery is never a good experience. It’s a good thing that you weren’t there when it happened, and that no one was harmed in this incident. As for your files, I agree that backing up is a must, because no one can predict what might happen next. And if you're looking to have a more secure storage, an external hard drive and a cloud system is just the right combination.

    Lillian Walker @ TaylorWorks