The hard drive in our almost-new laptop crashed on Sunday night, totaling the hard drive.
Yeah, you guessed it. I had been a little too careless with backing up our files. Who would have thunk a new machine would so utterly demolish itself?
The laptop has been hospitalized for tests and observation. We hope to hear the results on Monday or Tuesday.
Speaking of waiting for results: I spoke with a nurse from Children’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. She said that the results of Tarica’s tests will likely not be in for another two weeks.
Back to computers, since the other subject is too gloomy to dwell on.
I spent some time this week researching (on our hideously slow old computer) various methods of backing up photos and files. I had a system originally set up after we got the new laptop, but it didn’t suit me, so I changed some settings (or something—not exactly sure what happened). I thought it was backing up after that, but it wasn’t.
Researching backup methods online is a little like looking for a particular button in a barrel of buttons when you’re not exactly sure what the button looks like.
Here’s what I think the button should look like:
1. Automatic (or nearly so)
I have a brain with holes in it, through which important stuff like church services and clean work clothes fall all the time. Don’t trust me to remember to back up the computer.
I’m not a computer whiz. I don’t want a complicated sixteen-step process.
The other setup saved stuff to the cloud, but then it wasn’t on the laptop (or didn’t appear to be). Although I like a cloud-based, multi-accessible backup, I also want my files saved to the computer itself, so I’m not dependent on online access to open my files. (Perhaps I require further cloud education. If so, I’m all ears.)
4. Free or very cheap
Call me a tightwad, but I would prefer not investing a lot of money into this. Besides, what money we might have spent on a backup system will now be buying a certain computer tech a week’s groceries.
Does this button even exist?
What do you use to back up your computer?
These are not rhetorical questions. I’m hoping for real-world advice.