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Backup Basics
Don't lose your genealogy data to computer crashes or digital mishaps. Our guide to storage media reveals how to protect your family tree files.

You've spent countless hours organizing family history information with your genealogy software, scanning old family pictures and taking digital photos. How would you feel if your hard drive failed and you couldn't retrieve your files? What if your home office got flooded and your computer was reduced to a pile of rust? If you don't have a backup, all your work could be lost.

Backing up your computer files may seem like a chore, but it's clearly an important one. And 1.44MB "floppy" disks are entirely inadequate for storing copies of the gigabytes of files you've accumulated. But if you have the right tools, the process will go smoother and you'll be more likely to back up your files regularly. Here's an overview of your primary options for protecting data.

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