I’ve long had a backup Plan Bfor when I’m traveling, but only recently did I have to execute it. I’m happy to say it worked, but I had occasion to seriously consider the best way to protect my work on an ongoing basis.
Here’s what happened. I was leaving on a business trip overseas. I’d packed my bags, filled up my iPad with movies to watch on the long flights, and made sure I had the business data I needed for my trip.
Just moments before my airport ride arrived, my laptop died.
I had my driver stop at a computer store while I ran inside and purchased a new laptop. There simply wasn’t enough time to try replacing the presumably dead hard drive. I unpacked the new laptop at the airport and shoved it into my bag. As soon as we were in the air, I pulled out the external hard drive on which I store my Time Machine backups. Fortunately, I’d made a new Time Machine backup earlier in the morning.
Before my plane was even out of U.S. air space, my new laptop was up and running, with all of the data and tools I needed for the trip.
But how secure was all of this? What if someone had stolen my Time Machine drive?
Here are eight tips for fellow frequent travelers that I pondered on my 15-hour flight to Tokyo.