I promised Mr. MacEntee that I would share some infomation with our fellow genea-bloggers about my newest toy – a 1 TB external drive – 4.5 by 7.5 inches by Acomdata™. I never thought I would be describing a drive in these words but it is actually cute!
On August 1, 2008 when Thomas published Today is Data Back Up Day on Destination: Austin Family, he included a photograph of a burnt-out computer tower. That was a wake-up moment for me. What immediately came to mind was the Oakland Hills Fire of October 20, 1991, almost seventeen years ago. The fire (just two years after the Loma Prieta Earthquake) guaranteed my continued involvement with a local disaster preparedness committee. I spent several years helping to organize neighborhoods, including my own, so that people who live in earthquake-country and in fire-prone areas, had the skills, supplies and information necessary to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.
One of the lessons learned was to create a "grab list" – a handy listing of the important items to take with you in case you are forced to evacuate your home in a hurry. Family photos are at the top of most lists but computer data are probably a close second. One look at that burned-out computer reminded me that over the years I had neglected to update my preparedness list to include the changing technology.
Thomas had suggested a specific drive but I found that it was not compatible with my iMac and its operating system. I found the Acomdata pureDrive – priced right, small enough to grab in an emergency and with one terrabyte of storage! We've come a long way from the megabytes we needed to store back in 1991.
The new toy in its new home.
Thank you, Thomas, for the nudge. What about the rest of you? Do you have a data backup plan?
American Red Cross Preparedness Information
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Small Business Preparedness
State of California Office of Emergency Services with downloadable pdf tip sheets.