Disaster Recovery – When Equipment Fails

You’ve organized all your photos, taken the time to edit, give them unique names and save them in their own folder. You have also taken the time to organize your music, financial records and all those other files you’ve created over the years and then suddenly your computer crashes or dies and your files are gone fore ever into oblivion.  Ever have this happen? It can be devastating.

We all have become so dependent on our electronic devices – from laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. If you are reading this post, you probably have a shop on Etsy, your own website or some kind business online.  The internet tends to be the life line to the outside world, so when you’re equipment fails and you end up with no internet access the issues gets worse.  The question is:

How do we recover when one of these devices with all our precious information stops workings, becomes corrupted or even worse – gets stolen?  Here are some disaster recovery tips to help you ensure your data is safe:

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For Smartphones [iPhone, Androids & Others]

  • Password lock your device – so if you device is ever lost or stolen anyone who finds your phone will have a hard time getting into it. 
  • Locate My Phone – both Android and iPhone phones have nifty apps that allow you to triangulate your devices location – sometime right down the exact location.
  • Back it up, back it up, Back it up – make sure to sync your phone with your computer or the cloud at least once a week – including all your contacts, notes, and any app data.


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For Computers/Laptops [MACs, PCs and Tablets]

  • Invest in an external harddrive.  These are pretty inexpensive nowadays and with the advances in technology your external harddrive could be in the form of a 64GB (gigabit) MicroSD Card.  One you have your external drive create a daily, bi-weekly or weekly backup schedule and only backup your personal files – like photos, documents and music.  Create a separate backup for all your applications. 
  • Get into the Clouds – if you don’t have one already – get yourself a dropbox from dropbox.com or skydrive from Live.com.  Once you have one or both accounts you can connect almost all your devices to the cloud and have your photos, docs and other information synced automatically and become available from anywhere – even if you’re not at your own computer.
  • If you have a PC, ensure your antivirus is installed and up-to-date – there are some great free antivirus solutions out there, like AVG.  There are also some good free tools to help diagnosis and clean your PC if it’s acting up – checkout TrendMicro’s HouseCall. 
  • If you’re a MAC user like me – Try MacKeeper to scan your files, clean them up and ensure all is working well.


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Remember, you can also go “Old School” and just jot down all your contacts in a good ‘ole address book and keep your printed documents organized in file folders in a fireproof cabinet. Hope you found these tips useful. If you have a great disaster recovery tip, please share as a comment.

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About Myra @ HerbanLuxe

Myra is an Etsian with an MBA. The art of business and technology are her two obsessions. She has been writing EcoEtsy Business Tips since 2010. Myra grew up in Puerto Rico with grandparents who were a head of their time and didn't know it - living what we would call today, "a simple green life." Her love of learning and teaching are the key drivers in almost everything she does.


  1. Personally I’m really into the “ol fashioned” ways! :) I always write lists down on notebooks, I have a real calender hanging on my wall, and I keep track of all my business moneys in a registry notebook. I’m a simple gal…

  2. Thanks for these great tips! I just started backing up all my files from my external hard drive to disc and I store them in a fire safe. Obviously its not a fail safe as both are hardware in my home but at least everything is on a pretty universal format just in case. I plan to get a much bigger external when finances permit.

  3. I completely agree that making regular backups is important. Of course, the downside to backing up to an external hard drive that sits on your desk is that a disaster in your home or office could include your original files AND your backup. That’s why cloud backup is such a great idea, especially for important data files. Dropbox is da bomb!