Backup Your Google Cloud Before it Dissipates

You may have read how 150,000 Gmail users accounts were deleted with many being completely stripped of ALL DATA!  That's right, Google Docs, Calendars, Email, Tasks...basically everything you use to run your photography business, and life.  Google blamed it on a "glitch" that only affected .08% of all their users.  Those sound like pretty bad odds to me.  Engadget reported Google as saying "Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change."  My advice to you: Back up your Google Docs asap!  I just completed the process myself.  It's not as straightforward as it could be, so here are the necessary steps for your convenience.

1) Select any DOC, and roll over the Actions nav.  A drop down will appear.  Choose Download.




2) In the next dialogue box, be sure to click "All Items".  You'll then see an actual count of your files, along with options on what type of file format to save them as.  I chose PDF, but Word and Excel are also available. At the bottom, click "Download".



3)  Your files are quickly saved to a Zip.  I recommend filing this zip on an external device.  A flash drive, CD, DVD, or External HD will all work well.  The key is to make another copy and save it off of Google's servers just in case they experience another "glitch".  



That's it, your Google Docs are safe for now! 


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