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17 July 2006 @ 12:42 am
I don't know where my brain has been but I have been living dangerously. I broke genealogy's number one cardinal rule - MAKE BACKUPS! Thank goodness it finally occurred to me tonight that I had better do that. It shocked me when I realized that all those microfilm scans that I did at the FHL had not been backed up. I'm usually good about making backup DVD's of my computer hard drive but I totally overlooked by external hard drive. Oh I've been backing up nightly from my C:/ to my external hard drive but now I'm keeping things on the external drive that aren't on the C:/ Drive. (Need a bigger C:/ Drive) I just got in the habit of just backing to the external drive and not making those DVDs too. I guess I got very lax with the move and everything. (Good excuse, blame it on the move.) Could you imagine something happening to my house like it burning down and I would of lost everything. Good grief where is your brain woman.

So I am repenting and vowing to get back to my weekly backup onto DVD's of EVERYTHING I have. I would of been so embarrassed to tell you that I lost everything and I didn't have a current backup. Nothing to mention having to do all that work again. Maybe I need to go back and read my earlier article on "The Art of Storing Your Genealogy Database Seems like a subject we can never hear often enough.

I was a good girl and made sure I ran File Maintenance - Check/Repair on my Legacy database. Then I made a current GEDCOM - it's been so dangerous only having zips as backups and not an actual GEDCOM. I burned my DVDs, made sure ALL my flashdrives are current and then uploaded my GEDCOM to RootsWeb for safe keeping. Wow what a potential disaster diverted. I hope your protected right now too. Don't learn the lesson of making backups the hard way - by not having them when you need them. Believe me you will have a day you will need them. I am breathing a sigh of relief that I wasn't caught without my backups.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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