Backing up data computer

There are many important things happening in our lives everyday. There are errands to run, kids to take care of, meals to prepare, and showing up to your place of employment everyday. We’re all very busy for the most part.

If we have young children, like so many of us do, we tend to snap a lot of photos and movies of them. If we’ve had a digital camera for any length of time, we probably have many gigabytes of pictures and videos on our computer’s hard drive. And if we had a digital video camera besides the one in our cell phone, you can add even more precious memories to that treasure trove of data. Not to mention financial records like Quicken, Quickbooks, Turbotax or other files related to a home based business or personal finance. It adds up to a lot of irreplaceable digital memories and information stored on a mechanical hard drive that is destined to fail at some point in the future. What? It’s destined to fail? Yes, it is. It’s a mechanical item that wears out like brakes on a car. They don’t last forever and we usually forget how long it has been since we started filling that hard drive up. In fact, new hard drives can fail just the same as old hard drives.

Data on hard drives can be corrupted in many ways. It can be destroyed by malware. The drive can mechanically fail. It can be inadvertently completely erased just to name a few.

Fortunately, there are very easy solutions to completely protect your data. The strategy for protecting your data completely is to use a two-pronged approach. The first prong is to use a physical external hard drive attached to your system. These can be purchased at Costco, Office Max, MacNet, etc. You would want to get an external hard drive that is at least the size of the hard drive in your computer, but ideally it should be double the size. On the Mac, you can just plug it in and click the selection to use it for Time Machine. For Windows, it’s best to purchase an external drive that comes with backup software. Plug in the drive and install the backup software that’s included. When you’re finished your new software will commence the backup.

The second prong is to use a cloud based backup solution like iCloud, Dropbox, Carbonite, etc. as an ‘off-site’ backup, although there may be additional costs to have enough storage for all your data.

If you use these two ways of backing up your data, it will be completely protected. You’ll have a physical drive in your possession of your data in case the cloud solution goes out of business and cloud solution in case your external drive is dropped or damaged by fire, earthquake or some other act of God or little person!

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