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  • Computer and PDS Backup

    Everyone that uses a computer should use some form of backup. In the world of mainframes and microchips it's called data backup or data recovery and it can mean the difference between a minor computer setback and living through your own electronic disaster.

    Our computers are a bigger part of life than ever before. Using computers we shop, work, and play and nonetheless programming Microchip™ Pic®.

    Computers aren't perfect. Files become corrupt, motherboards malfunction, CPUs call it quits taking our precious data with them and laptops can be stolen!

    The best defense is data backup, being a cloud server or software on the same PC. Backing up data is vital for businesses; lost information can cause a major crisis or worse, lead to business failure. Individuals who don't backup computer data run the same risk. It can certainly be frustrating and even heartbreaking to rewrite all of the code that you lost.

    So why do so few of us practice data backup? Here are the common excuses: -
    • I'm too busy to back up my computer
    • I don't know how to backup data
    • My computer won't crash
    Like a car, the electronic circuits your computer rides on will eventually wear down and blow out. When this happens, you can either grieve at your loss or simply restore your data with data backup.

    One option is Removable Backup Media, but this only narrows the field a little. You could invest in a large capacity external drive, or take the plunge into writeable CDs. All of this can be done or by a software to automatically accomplish the backup, or by copy and paste the relevant documents to the removable media which if you forgot to do so you are at risk.

    A registered user had this bad experience: -

    “Hi, as a casual user of my PDS kit, I have a top tip, which is to keep a backup of all your work on Google drive, Skydrive or a similar service. I was recently robbed of all my computer gear, including all my physical backups, even bare 2.5" drives out of the cupboard which had older backups on them.

    Now I have to go back and rewrite all my software, which often means doing everything completely different from the last time and re-learning stuff I had not thought about for a long time.
    When re-writing I do find it a bit of a pain that I can't set the default save directory to my Google drive folder (unless someone knows a trick for this?).
    Hope this helps save someone else a lot of repeated work.”

    A good data backup option is Google Drive as mentioned by the user. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service using a cloud server. The client computer will communicate with the Google Drive online, and ensure that files are synchronized in both locations.

    To help the user set the default save directory to Google Drive folder, an article was written by Lester: -

    How to make Google Drive your default documents folder


    When the default documents folder is set you need to set the default directory for PDS: -
    1. Open PDS
    2. In the Menu bar click on `View’
    3. From the drop down menu click `Editor Options’
    4. Another menu appears. Under `Default Startup Source Folder’ click on `Change’
    5. Select the desired default startup source folder and click `OK’
    6. Make sure that `Enabled’ is checked
    Hopes this helps not to lose your data.