In my line of work, I have shop policies that act as my insurance. But what happens if something goes wrong with my computer? What if it crashes? If it crashed I can lose all my templates and my business goes down the drain. That’s when I decided I didn’t want to take the risk and purchased a external back-up hard drive.
At first I did some research. Some bloggers use online programs to back up their computers for a monthly fee. I strongly dislike having monthly bills, so I started researching the Time Machine that was built into my Mac. I was sold. Since the Time Machine is already installed on my Mac, all I needed to do was buy the external hard drive. I hightailed it into town to Best Buy and spoke to the Apple Guru who pointed our two options for my Mac’s Time Machine. One of them had a storage space of 500Gb (gegabytes) and the other had a storage space of 1 TB (terabytes). Since I do a lot of work in illustrator, most of my files are large. I usually do regular maintenance and clean out unused files to save space, but I could really see myself creating more and more files in the future. So I played it safe and purchased the 1TB hard drive for around $80.00.
And just like that, I have a back-up if something were to happen.
Time Machine will automatically backup my files once a day. And once the hard drive gets full, it will remove the oldest file first to make room for the new file. I think it’s going to be several years before it starts deleting anything.
Now it sits next to my package weight machine on my desk.
That weight machine is something I purchased way back in 2003, when I was 21 years old and wanted to have my own online stationery shop. I hung onto it all these years thinking “One of these days, I’ll get to use it.” I’m glad I kept it or else I would have had to buy another just to ship my orders out.
There you have it. This is how a Graphic Designer protects our templates if our computer crashed.