Note: this was written via voice dictation.
I’m on my way to the Apple Store from Northwest Indiana. I’m not exactly sure why there isn’t one in Northwest Indiana, but I suppose it’s okay, because at least it’s on the way to my mom’s house.
I’m a little bit nervous because I am almost positive that my hard drive is failing.
This is particularly nerve-racking when I don’t have my data backed up, but at least this time I was able to identify that this was a strong possibility, (I mean, of the hard drive failing) and back up my data. At least this time too, I remembered to back up my font folder. For once. It definitely eases my mind that I’m relatively certain I have everything backed up.
I’m not 100% sure, because I never fully am, where exactly all of my backed up data lives, but at least I know that it lives somewhere.
So even if I have to look around for a little while on lord-knows-how-many external hard drives (and in the cloud), I should be able to find everything. I just hope that in my search for everything, I am able to think of anything and everything that should exist on these multiple devices and cloud solutions, so I can look for it now, rather than later. It’s seemingly one of life’s truths that if I don’t remember that I need to find something, I probably won’t find it, and therefore won’t have it when I need it, and ultimately realize that I don’t have it.
I can’t say that I am 100% sure where all of my music lives, because last time I checked an external hard drive for some artist where I thought I had most of my music stored, I didn’t actually find all of the music that I know I have.
At a minimum, finding out, and/or realizing that my hard drive is going to probably fail is a good reminder that backing up my data frequently and consistently is extremely important. I know that on websites and web servers, redundancy is key. (Redundancy meaning the ability to shift data from one server to another. Or, at least that’s what I think that means.) I mean it makes sense to do it like that because if a tornado hits the servers and Kentucky, you’ll be able to Instantly bring the data back and/or use the same data from a server in Oregon or, some other place where you have your servers configured. I digress…
It’s really easy for me to get caught up in day-to-day design and production, and to not remember to do these consistent and frequent backups.
It’s truly not even funny how many times something has gone wrong with my computer, and when it does, I realize I’ve forgotten to back up data recently, and therefore lost everything.
(The last time I remember this happening was in May 2011. I only lost probably a week or so of information, but I still have yet to find the resources that I had downloaded to be able to re-create the files that I lost.)
Plus, like I said I remembered to backup my fonts folder this time. I believe that I remembered to back up all of my design project files for my various Adobe Creative Suite programs, but to be honest, I’m more concerned that I also have the licenses backed up, because not all of my available resources can be used in commercial projects. Something to consider, certainly.