The Necessity of Backups


“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” – Murphy’s Law

You’re working on an essay which is due tomorrow. After days of hard work, and nights of procrastinating, you finally finished it. It might not be perfect, but you need the grade. For some odd reason, you typed it on Microsoft Word and had it saved on your computer. Good job, you set yourself up for failure.

The following day, your computer stopped working. Maybe your parent’s hand me down wasn’t good enough for college. Your essay is gone, you’re probably gonna fail the class, and you might start to consider dropping out. That’s every student’s worst nightmare.

You know what would’ve solved this? You guessed it: a backup.

Not a backup plan, because typing a 15 page essay in an hour is a horrible plan. A true backup.

Don’t use Microsoft Word. Most people don’t, but still, don’t use it. Google Docs has all the features you need, and it automatically saves your work to Google Drive. Here’s a fun fact: your student Google account has unlimited Drive space. You can put anything you need in it without worrying about running out of space. Sounds like it was worth the cost of your tuition, doesn’t it?

However, this is not enough.

“Unlimited space is not enough?”


Google Drive is an internet service, so when you don’t have an internet connection, you won’t have access to your files. You can save the most important files on your computer, but that risks your computer breaking.

You know what solves this? An external hard drive.

“But hard drives don’t have unlimited space!”

That is correct, but you won’t be needing an internet connection to access it. Plus, having multiple backup sources means your files will always be safe, even if you have no internet, or break your computer. In your college career, there will be many important files that need to be kept safe. Putting it in your Google Drive, on your computer, and on an external hard drive keeps your stuff safe and available no matter the situation you’re in.

I recommend buying this hard drive. It is relatively small and light, easily fits in your bag, and 1 TB is more than enough for the files you’ll be putting in it. This is highly worth the investment and you will have no regrets, especially when the worst of the worst happens and your essay disappears.