I recently experienced the terrifying event that every college student dreads.
My Macbook was rendered useless. It had issues last year, but mainly easy-to-solve ones like old batteries and loud whirring. This time, it was d-o-n-e. Thankfully, the situation wasn’t as debilitating as it could have been. Why? Because I’ve been backing up my laptop religiously.
Are you protecting your laptop properly?
There is an easy, and painless, way to make sure you get the longest life possible from your computer while at school. And, there is an easy, and painless, way to make sure you don’t lose all of your files if something does happen to your laptop.
Step 1: Back it up.
That tiny black rectangle houses all of the information on my Macbook. I did not lose one file! Everything is safe and I’ve restored everything to my new laptop. Phew.
I use a Western Digital “My Passport” portable harddrive and Time Machine. The harddrive is super small; I carry it with me to and from class, the library, etc. Spend time researching harddrives to make sure you get the best one for the size and type of data you need to back up.
Step 2: Protect it.
On a daily basis, you should make sure you’re taking care of your laptop. Don’t leave it on a table with drinks (or messy friends with drinks). This is hardest for me when I’m in the library consuming coffee like it’s my job, but the more I drink, the shakier I get. Coffee cup away from electronics!
Find a case that fits your personality. You’re much more likely to use a cute case, than an industrial boring one. Once you find one (or three in my case… no pun intended), USE IT! Don’t throw laptops into backpacks without having the proper protection. The right case will prevent scratches, and add cushion for less-than-graceful backpack placements.
Check out my cute laptop sleeve picks:
What are your laptop protection tips?