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    You might not have given much thought to backing up your teacher laptop.  However, when you think about the amount of thought, time and effort you've invested in creating everything that is on your teacher laptop, you have to ask why wouldn't you back it up?

    Bad things happen to good laptops.  That's just a cruel fact and what makes it worse is that one of the corollaries of Murphy's Law seems to be that your hard drive will fail at the worst possible time.  In the middle of progress reports?  A student accidentally spills a can of Red Bull on your laptop, killing it.  SGOs due?  Cue the hard drive crash.  Don't let this happen to you!!

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    You might already know the feeling you get when consoling a crying colleague who has lost all their work. As you hand out tissues, there's a thought bubble in your mind wondering when you last backed up your files.  Luckily, backing up your laptop is now one of the easier tasks in your day.  In fact, if you use Backup & Sync for Google, you can install then configure it so it will back up as you work.  There's no need to drag files into Google Drive; simply tell Backup & Sync where you save your files then always save your work in those locations.  An added bonus is that if your laptop does get run over by the Red Bull, you'll be able to use another computer to access whatever files you've synced using Backup & Sync. If you're unsure about how to install or configure Backup & Sync for Google, check out the Tech Department's Wiki on the topic.

    But what about my bookmarks?  If you are using Google Chrome and sign into it (your name will appear in the top right hand corner of the screen) and have chosen to link your data, your bookmarks are saved.

     

    Do you have to back up to Google Drive?  No, you do not.  There are other ways such as using an external hard drive  or Apple's Time Machine.

     

    You work too hard to create your materials.  Regardless of how you back up, it's a good practice.