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Poll: When was the last time you made a backup of your work files?
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Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Germany
Local time: 05:33
Member (2016)
English to German
Last month Mar 9

Backups of work files are often not necessary. For smaller projects that are finished on the same day, no backup is needed (normally, I would be able to find the source and target files in my email system if really needed). However, most of my projects are for agencies where I work online with centralized CATs, so that the agency will be responsible for any backups.

Liena Vijupe
Romeo Baldovino
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 04:33
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Regularly Mar 9

I have a Dropbox account (backups automatically every time I save) + a pen drive for the current translation (backups every two or three hours) + an external HD (backups once a month). Before I bought my external HD I used to copy my files to a CD-RW disk. I still have these disks stored in a box somewhere in my basement.

Anne-Sophie Cardinal
 

Robin LEPLUMEY
France
Local time: 05:33
English to French
+ ...
About 10 seconds ago Mar 9

I have a Google One account (€1,99/month for 100 GB of cloud storage) + the Backup and Sync from Google app, so my files are automatically saved on the cloud. I find it very convenient and it gives me a peace of mind!

 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:33
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Every day Mar 9

Every day I not only back up my work files; I clone my entire hard drive to an external drive. It's part of my everyday routine. Takes about 10 minutes.

"Regular backup is one of the Buddha's Threefold Paths to Wisdom".

[Edited at 2020-03-09 09:45 GMT]


 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:33
English to German
+ ...
Never Mar 9

Most of my work takes place either in online systems or via client servers, and often NDAs actually forbid me from keeping project-related materials on my hard drives.

Kaisa I
Wilsonn Perez Reyes
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 00:33
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Weekly, despite the automatic Mar 9

Despite the automatic backups by OneDrive, I still have weekly backups done in two clouds and in my second internal drive, and once a month in an external drive. The automatic backup does not cover all the files, such as the Outlook databases and documents/folders outside your "documents" folder, so they are not complete.
And I can't believe there are people who still do not do backups. I have learned my lessons several times. The worst ones were once when my hard drive burned out, and I
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Despite the automatic backups by OneDrive, I still have weekly backups done in two clouds and in my second internal drive, and once a month in an external drive. The automatic backup does not cover all the files, such as the Outlook databases and documents/folders outside your "documents" folder, so they are not complete.
And I can't believe there are people who still do not do backups. I have learned my lessons several times. The worst ones were once when my hard drive burned out, and I lost a lot of stuff, and once when I client didn't pay me for a while, adding up to more than USD 3000. I filed a complaint against it, and the only evidence I had was the backups. If I didn't have these files to prove I had done the jobs, I'd have lost all that money. Thanks to the backups, I received all the money, plus attorney fees, plus fine and monetary restatement.
Not doing backups is only for those lucky people who never had a problem like this, but there is no excuse for not learning with other people's experiences and recommendations.
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Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 05:33
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
Yesterday Mar 9

I do it manually to an external harddisc every Sunday night.

[Edited at 2020-03-09 11:39 GMT]


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:33
Member (2008)
Italian to English
CLone Mar 9

I've just cloned my HD to one of two external HDs . The other clone is stored off-site, away from my home. I swap them over weekly. Keeping a clone off-site means that if a disaster happens at home (fire, for example) I still have a complete clone of my computer.

Noura Tawil
 

Wout Van den Broeck
Belgium
Local time: 05:33
Member (2019)
English to Dutch
Mostly automatically Mar 9

I use OneDrive and Gmail to sync my work files and e-mails automatically.

There's one important (and inconvenient) exception: as I had some issues with memoQ files stored on OneDrive, they are now stored on my local drive and backed-up daily to OneDrive.


 

Aline Amorim  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 00:33
Member (2019)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Daily Mar 10

I always do backup my files.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:33
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
It's automatic Mar 11

I have a program that backs up daily. If I'm working on something important, I will also put it on OneDrive.

 


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