All of my children live in the world of high tech where a daily (if not hourly) computer back up is crucial to protect valuable work. Yet, many of us don’t think about the information that might be lost if our personal computers crash. Certainly there are the important household records, but many do not think about the educational records or the recent work on college applications.
This year’s application season was heartrending for several families who wrote of a computer crash the week before deadlines that took all the essays and homeschool documents into oblivion. This represents years of recordkeeping and months of work and creativity that simply cannot be re-manufactured on a tight deadline.
Today is day to invest in an external hard drive for any computer that contains or will contain valuable education information or college application essays and documents. Often parents and children have separate computers and, while it is an expense to protect them all with external hard drives, you can’t afford to lose this precious material. You’ve worked too hard for too many years to give your student a chance at their dream college. Don’t let a technology failure ruin their hopes.
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