MBA Students – Do You Have A Backup Plan

A post by Natalie Houston on the ProfHacker Blog reminded me of the MBA students I know that lost digital files during their MBA program. File sharing is common among MBA students. Files are lost because of viruses, hardware failures, or Sues (stupid user errors). No matter the cause, a backup plan can prevent a lot of stress and rework.

Houston’s post describes reasons for not backing up digital files and solutions for backing up those important files. Backing up files can be an important time saver for the busy MBA student.

Here is an excerpt from her article:

“You know you need to back up your files, but it’s kind of overwhelming. There are so many different ways to do it: you could get an external hard drive or several flash drives; you could back things up online; or you could back things up to a family member’s computer.

You know you need to back up your files, but you need it to be easy. You don’t want to have to keep remembering to run a backup every Friday afternoon.”

I think the excerpt explains why many MBA students and MBA faculty don’t have a backup plan. For the MBA students without a backup plan, you may want to read the complete article. She identifies several cost effective and easy-to-use backup applications and services.

Read more of Houston’s article, then return here, and share your thoughts. Furthermore, there are many worthwhile comments to her article that you may want to read as well.


Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
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2 comments for “MBA Students – Do You Have A Backup Plan

  1. June 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

    With so many great automatic backup systems available today, there is simply no good excuse for not backing up a computer. Failing to create a backup is a strategic SUE, in my opinion.

    • June 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Scott – I agree, there is no excuse. I like your “strategic SUE” description. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that are unaware of the risks and how easy they are to manage with today’s technologies. Thanks for your comment. Rodney

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