300 Seconds: When was your last backup?

If you were to compare my content planning calendar with the posts that actually appear in Books & Whatnot, I’m sure you’d question what’s going on in this brain of mine. I mean, the plan looks good. Really good. But sometimes planned posts are delayed because I feel that some new thing I’m experiencing has meaning to you.

Here’s an example: Today’s planned ‘300 Seconds’ post had to do with our annual pondering of spring storms, surge protectors, lightning strikes, joules, and protection. But I’ve decided to save that until tomorrow, because now I’m more concerned with data backups.

If you were to lose everything on your hard drive today, would you be able to restore what was lost without too much heartbreak?

Take 5 minutes today to determine if all of the data you need is being backed-up appropriately and in a timely manner: financials, inventory and other POS information, customer database, photos, logos and other store collateral material, employee information–and that’s just data. Do you have the software files ready to restore any programs that might have been lost, like the Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, and POS software? And let’s not forget about print drivers, passwords, fonts, and the like.

These days, so many documents, images, and general files can be stored in programs like Dropbox and Google Drive. Maybe your backup files are not excessive and can fit on thumb drives or portable hard drives. If so, do you have a plan in place to take the most recent backup offsite in case of fire or other disaster?

I know what you’re thinking: Spending 300 seconds thinking about disaster recovery is not fun. But if you’re ever faced with a blank screen, you’ll be glad you did.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay