External hard drive backup is paramount to help protect and avoid losing valuable data including documents, photos and music. In this blog let’s explore the places you can send your data in order to retrieve it safely should you encounter some sort of computer meltdown.
- 1st option is to export your data to an external hard drive. These devices are readily available at your local retail store and can be found at various Web sites online. Most of these drives connect to your desktop or laptop computer through the universal serial bus (USB) port on your machine. Installation is usually a matter of plugging them in and letting your operating system discover them. Many of them come with third-party software to help you back them up. One installed, you can access your external hard drive much the same way you would access your internal drive or another device connected to the computer. Backing up your data is as simple as clicking and dragging those files you wish to back up into the external drive. This is perhaps the best solution for backing up your hard drive. Your data is safe on the external hard drive should your computer crash.
- 2nd option, one which is gathering more popularity, is cloud storage, backing data up online to a virtual location. There are lots of cloud storage sites on the Web; many offer a few gigabytes of storage for free but require you to pay for more space. Many of these sites boast advanced security measures aimed to protect your vital information such as bank and credit account numbers. Don’t forget though, anytime you put information on the Web, you should do so with caution. Information on the Web, no matter how secure, is prone to hackers and security breaches.
- 3rd option, If you want, you can back up your hard drive on CDs, DVDs or on a flash drive. CDs have a moderately small amount of storage space and are better for smaller data backups. DVDs can handle about seven times more information than CDs. Most CDs and DVDs are designed to be used once and can’t be rewritten, though you can buy discs that can be erased and re-burned when you back up your computer again. Flash drives, in comparison, can handle a few gigabytes of information and can be rewritten the same way you would with a regular hard drive. The downside is that larger flash drives can be costly, which makes backing up an entire hard drive an expensive proposition
In the off chance your hard drive crashes, chances are good that you will lose some data. But taking a proactive attitude by backing up your hard drive will limit the damage. It’s better to lose a few files than a whole life’s worth of work and information.