Everyone knows how it is important to back up computer files but most people seem not to be bothered to do it. But just imagine for one minute that finding all those irreplaceable photos, videos, documents and music have disappeared or saying figuratively turned into ashes because of a dangerous virus, hard drive crash, theft, fire or other unforeseen circumstances. For some
Nowadays there are a lot of options to backup your important files on a regular basis. Let’s look at a few solutions to consider, which depend on your needs, income and level of technical skills.
The ideal variant for individuals with a lot of files to backup, such as big collection of music, photos and videos is an external hard drive. These drives have usually the size of a paperback book and they are connected to an available USB 2.0 port on the computer (or FireWire or eSATA ports). Prices of these products are going down all the time: a 1,000 gigabytes drive can be found for as low as $100.
USB thumbdrives (also known as a Flash drive or jump drive) are a good idea for up to 64GB of files. These trendy and comparatively inexpensive memory ways are ideal for backing up key files and shifting them between computers. They use durable Flash memory to store files. Like a hard drive, these USB sticks can be utilized a lot of times during a certain period. Approximate costs for thumbdrives are: $15 for 2GB; $20 for 4GB; $30 for 8GB; $50 for 16GB; $100 for 32GB; and $150 for 64GB.
Another way is to backup and store your files online. Three advantages of it are the following. Firstly, they’re protected from harm such as theft, fire or flood. Secondly, you can get these files from any Internet-connected computer in the world. And finally it is possible to share select files with friends and family all over the world. Many pay services are available, but if you can’t afford it you can use Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive (skydrive.live.com), which offers 25GB of free online storage.
Cheap, reliable and portable, a CD+/-R or DVD+/-R disc can store from 700MB up to 8.5GB of data which can then be easily supplied into any computer with the help of an optical drive. The only thing which is necessary for burning the CDs and DVDs is software. A rewritable disc, such as CD+/-RW or DVD+/-RW media, allows you to remove and add data a lot of times. But bear in mind that such discs are not able to keep as much data as other methods , moreover, they’re more pervious to damages.
If you have an older and unused desktop or laptop computer in your home, you can use this hard drive space as a backup for your data. Connect an external hard drive or USB thumbdrive to your main computer, copy over your important documents, and then transfer them over to your old PC in order to keep it safe.