Question from Allen H.: Hi Rick. I’m a freelance graphic artist and I do all of my work on a Dell desktop computer running Windows 10.
I have hundreds of images that have either already been delivered to the customer, are waiting to be delivered, or that are still being worked on.
The problem is my wife and daughter also use this computer for Facebook, homework and games. I’m deathly afraid that my important files might get deleted somehow.
Is there a dependable and secure way to make sure they don’t end up getting deleted somehow?
Rick’s answer: You have several options for protecting your important work files Allen, and I have listed them below in order of preference:
1 – Buy a second computer for family use and reserve the one you have just for work. I don’t know what your budget is, but this is definitely the best way to go in my opinion.
When you have finished working for the day you can simply unplug the external storage device and lock it up in a desk drawer or some other secure location.
4 – Store your files in a password protected, hidden folder on your PC with a free utility called Folder Hidden. That way your family members can’t get to your work files to accidentally delete them.
Important: Always keep in mind that if something happens to the drive you store your files on, they’ll be wiped out. That’s why you need to keep a current backup on hand at all times!!
Any of the above methods will help keep your important files from getting accidentally deleted, but I strongly recommend keeping an off-site backup of your files as well. Carbonite is an excellent solution for that.
And now, one more reminder about the importance of making frequent backups…
Regardless of how you ultimately decide to proceed, I strongly recommend that you create regular System Image Backups of your computer’s hard drive. This post explains how to do that.
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