This is one in a series of posts that describe what I use and how I use it for genealogy. These are all personal observations and recommendations based on my experiences over the years. It is my hope that these will help others become better researchers and give them the tools to do this efficiently and easily and to enjoy the process!
Thank goodness that backing up our files is much, much easier these days. While getting things in place and finding a schedule that works for you takes a little bit of time, it is well worth the effort.
First, I have an external hard drive connected to my desktop. This is where I do the majority of my work and ultimately store all genealogy-related software, documents, and images. I purchased a new WD (Western Digital) My Passport Ultra for $59 from amazon.com (it's the same price at Walmart) and LOVE it! It is sooo tiny and easy to use, especially compared to the older WD My Book external drive I now use on a different computer.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to mention, Thomas MacEntee is such a cool dude, he even occasionally has FREE books available on Kindle through amazon.com. Watch for these posts on his blog and Facebook (yes, you should like and follow him). I'll give more information on later posts when I discuss Facebook and Kindle.
I have IDrive scheduled daily, as well, but at a different time than my external hard drive backup.
But how do I plug everything in? I don't have enough USB ports!
I love the on / off switches! *Make sure you right-click the thumb drive icon in the lower right tray and "eject" before turning off or unplugging to prevent any data loss.
And at the time I purchased it, it came with a free extension cable:
Find out more about IDrive here:
Learn how to use IDrive here:
You can find instructions to do that here:
My basic setup includes: HP computers and laptops, Windows 7 on all (have not upgraded to Windows 10 yet), HP Color Laser Printer, Brother Multi-Function Copier with Document Feeder, Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.