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Digital life is easier now that we’ve got services like iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox to fall back on—not least because if you accidentally delete a file or folder from one of these platforms, you’ve got a few days before it’ll be erased for good. Here’s how to bring back deleted data, or—for more sensitive files—how to wipe it permanently.

Step 1: Back Up Your Data to a Bonjour Database

You’ll quickly realize that backing up your data isn’t the most pleasant chore on the road. If you’re driving in the rain and getting consistently low bitrates, there's about a 200% chance that these services will go offline. That means you have to rely on some killer apps: OneDrive, Gmail, and Google Drive. It varies how quickly the primary accounts can synchronize—it can take up to 24 hours—but make sure that you have a backup plan in case of serious loss.

Get a Bonjour Database app. You cannnot access uploaded products or purchase you’ll want, like movies, books, music, and apps; however, you can pull in notes or photos that you’ve edited with the Microsoft Active Sync device and have synced while offline.

Step 2: Have a Backup Copy in Case of Disruption

Be prepared to have more usable data than you get back. Those iOS backups that you get in the App Store all the time are only there because your device's software has installed some safe-for-corporate data. As yours becomes your daily driver of transportation after four to six iPhones are cloned and operating together, you’ll need to look at what kind of cloud service trusts you to access what you tabbed through before. You should tape over all sensitive files in case your iPhone goes down unexpectedly; That doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to sync them, but usually the cloud apps will keep them for you until you restore your device—"Uh-oh, I wasn’t able to restore my phone!"

Start securing your hard drive securely with a prison-lock to isolate damaged data, a Chromebook, and a sync finish line in your mind. Failing that, wipe a copy of your data remotely and have someone walk it over online, just in case. Photoshop is fine after thirty minutes or will take longer once it syncs back up; if everything goes south on the offline camp, paste your knowledge base into Google's free Docs app (or McSync or an app like Work Folders) and trust the platform.

Re-sync your hard drive regularly—every couple days is better, especially if your system is prone to frequent crashes. Image via Kurt Alvarez.

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