Important Backups

David Gross is president of Condé Systems Inc., of Mobile, Ala. For the past 24 years, he has devoted to advancing sublimation technology. He can be reached by email at

Let’s face it, computers are quite fragile, and a crash is just a matter of time. Everyone knows to back up his or her computer, but what I recommend is that you document your settings so that re-installing is straightforward. A simple solution is to use the <shift> <Print Screen> feature on PCs and <Command> <shift> <3> on Macs. For the PC, this will push a copy of the screen to your clipboard where you can “paste” it into a file from your preferred graphics program. You can then save and print your driver settings and CorelDRAW settings. On the Mac, the screen shot is placed on your desktop. Doing this kind of documentation is very important, because your setting and profiles might be different from what we now do for a new install, or you might be doing something non-standard.

Regarding backups, I think you need at least two. I recommend several external hard drives that you rotate offsite once a month. They are inexpensive. Next, I recommend an internet backup that will run at night. I use Carbonite. One of the bonuses with it is I can see my backed-up files from my iPhone. The service is dirt-cheap and gives you extra peace of mind.