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The majority of art these days is created digitally. The old way of saving your art was to place it somewhere safe. The same goes for your digital art. I use this method and it has kept me secure throughout years of computer use/hard disc failures.

Buy a new drive. Use it to clone your hard drive yearly, place the newly bought drive in its stead and place the older drive in a secure box preferably in safety in another building. You will benefit from years of backups and the latest in drive technology space/speed and it will only cost £60-£70 or so per year. If you are ever in trouble you can take the backup drive and put it back in your system and it will boot immediately and you'll have access to all your old data in minutes. Your machine will often end up faster too as new drive technologies improve. If you have a laptop with a single drive this method will backup everything, the o/s, programs, data, everything - all safe.

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In addition to this, buy some 32gb USB sticks and copy your data to one of these each and every month. Ensure the USB sticks have holes so they can hang from hooks somewhere useful, so you don't forget. Mark them month 1-12, don't re-use them until the year ends. 32gb is normally enough for the majority of computer users. You may be able to buy smaller, cheaper sticks depending upon what you do, how much data you have, possibly 8/16gb will do. They are so cheap nowadays. You obviously only need to backup your data and not your programs.

Buy four others, mark them 1-4 and do the same weekly.

If you are really keen on backups and you can be relied upon to take backups then you could do the same daily on sticks marked 1-7 but for most that would be overkill.

This next bit is important - Never trust Microsoft and never store anything under the windows profile (my documents &c) - as a profile corruption can occur just due to high usage - and you can lose the lot all in one go. Trust me - it happens and when it happens to you, you will be devastated. Instead, create a single folder in the root of your drive with your chosen name and put everything there. You can move your Firefox profile folder to your chosen location and the same for your email program (thunderbird &c) - in that way it will all be backed up.

I use dropbox to synchronise my most important folder where all the creative work I make goes. 5gb is the current free size and it is enough to give me a daily/hourly copy. Warning! It is a mere copy however and not a backup so it cannot be relied upon to resolve corruption/overwriting. Explanation: As Dropbox syncs continuously your online data is vulnerable to corruption or deletion. Ie. if you corrupt the version locally on your hard drive it moves the corrupted version up to the web corrupting that copy too. Most don't realise that having one or two copies synched to dropbox or google drive is basically useless as a backup for your valuable data.

Note: Google drive is incredibly slow so avoid it. Their software will over-consume CPU and slow your PC to a crawl. Onedrive is a Microsoft offering and cannot be relied upon - proven - they will change the Terms of service, reduce your capacity arbitrarily, scan your data for useful information. Amazon is more or less the same and on top of that the service will periodically go offline. Check the web for verification of these facts, don't ask me! Use cloud storage at your own risk and remember how often you are without a mobile signal... even in the UK.

Note: Don't put your photos on your hard drive, keep them on SDcards/ USB sticks separately. they are much more reliable than hard drives. Print the best professionally on 100 year ink/100 year paper and put them in an album. This last act is the only way to preserve your photos for future generations. All hard drives will fail and all family photos will be lost if stored this way - it is just a matter of time. You'd be amazed how many collections of family photos have been lost because they were stored on a drive. Personal experience - Gone forever.

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This is a relatively simple method of backing up your data. Recommended and taken up by many. Saved lots of data, many times. Best of luck.
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
I have always been notoriously bad about backing up my work!  I have a brother who is a computer tech and he says to back it up 3 different ways.  The new drive, thumb drives and the cloud.  I personally don't like the cloud idea because I don't like the idea of my information being at the mercy of anyone person or government entity who is smart enough, or has the technology to reap my info. 
It is not that I have any deep dark secrets, well, not too deep or too dark; but I have a high sense of privacy.  It is my life and I will share what I CHOOSE to share.

My thinking when I go to a site that wants to know everything about me that they ask is, "You first, you give me all the same info, personal info you want from me, and I will". 

I don't join a lot of new places  any longer. 
But I digressed.
Good ideas.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
The thing is, when you are important enough to warrant someone spending enough time to be able to hack your data - that is when you should start worrying. For most of us they couldn't be bothered. The best protection is a lack of fame and no money. No-one is going to hack you for what you have, at worst they might hijack your computer's resources to do something 'creative' with it. Those that are out to damage can be feared but statistically the person who is most likely to do damage to your PC and your data is actually YOU.

Backup to protect yourself from yourself.

Do it, backup regularly, infrequently is OK.
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
You are right, but I still don't like my info being spread about all over the web.  But as I have always told my brother because of things I messed up,  "A little knowledge IS a dangerous thing."  :rofl: 
Yep!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
Some very good advice here.
There are a ton of back up solutions available some even free but they need to be used with a dedicated drive(s) and  "copy off machine" is really the only way as stated above.
I save nothing to my C drive which is purely for O/S an apps. Configs and various setups files, plugins etc have backup scripts that copies to a separate backup drive and the main scripts run with it in the background saving as I work.
I image the C drive regularly too and so if I screw it up or get a nasty I just slap in the images while I go make a cup of tea.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
The only thing I have to worry about losing are the PSDs

I put those on the web and in various locations.

I am going to backup NOW!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
Thats the only thing I don't do - Cloud backup of files.
Don't like it, don't trust it and its totally paranoid I know.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
In any case it isn't a backup. It is merely a copy. As it syncs continuously it is vulnerable to corruption or deletion. Ie. if you corrupt the version locally it moves the corrupted version up to the web corrupting that copy too. Most don't realise that having one or two copies synched is basically useless. You must have multiple copies over time (unsynched) to have a realistic chance of recovery. What happens when you go back to the last backup and find that is corrupted too? You have to go back in time further and further until you find the one that isn't. That can't be done in a synched environment.

I have a box full of good fast drives that I never touch... all with old windows laptop boot discs complete with data.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
Collecting HHD's seems to be a by product of people that have been using a computer for a while :)
I have some really old drives and not so old dives including Raptors which were quite expensive at one time.
Then there are the old CPUs, heatsinks, cases, RAM, Fans ... time I had a clear out to be honest. 
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
NEVER clear out.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
lean your way but here comes a time ...............
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I am now rebuilding 80s retro PCs that many of us discarded.
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