Cheryl Oakes points out the following…

This is a two part blog post, I am beginning the post at and on Thursday Bob Sprankle will finish it ….

It is not a matter of if your laptop or desktop or phone or camera will crash, but really a matter of…..

If your answer is something like almost never or it is a fleeting thought, or when it happens you will scream, then you are among the majority of us.

If however, you work for the CIA or a financial institution or a government agency, then you never think of it because someone else has already made those plans and your computer is locked down and your use is very rigid and everything you do is backed up.
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Carla Arena wrote in response:

My husband has been pushing me, the family to go digital. Funny thing is that he’s not that into technology, and I’m around it every single day! I’m getting everything from data in CDs to flash drives. All the music CDs have been ripped, saved to an external HD, on the computer and synched to iTunes. Data is the problem. I spent hours sorting through what was worth keeping, organizing content areas in folders. then, photo time.

My response:

I’ve used 7zip compression to compress all files–anything and everything–that I’m not going to need again right away (95% of what I have) and saved it on multiple external drives and burned 1 set to DVD. I keep it all confidential data encrypted using TrueCrypt container files. It’s easy to do (really) and I carry the encrypted containers–bearing my most important documents–on flash drives. I feel so much better now that I do have backups of my most critical documents, portable and encrypted. For really confidential stuff, I encrypt with GPG and then put those inside of TrueCrypt and save those online. If the hard drive on any of my computers died, I’d be OK–and so would family.

For photos and videos, I have 11 gigs of storage on PicasaWeb and GoogleVideo where I store all my image/video content. I also backup everything to Flickr. Any new photo is automatically sent to both (it’s easy with email uploading or the Flickr/PicasaWeb Uploaders that are available cross-platform…or just use Flock, which has it built-in).

I also keep documents I need to use on GoogleDocs–such as resume, letter of interest for a job application, sample work contracts, etc.–accessible online and make a backup copy. Nothing confidential is stored online via GoogleDocs.

My entire article library–everything I’ve written for publication–now appears online in multiple places, so I don’t have to worry about that.

How about you? How do you make sense of the chaos of gigabyte storage devices?

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