Back Up Your Data Or Lose It Forever

Dave Lewis

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The personal data on your hard drive, including photos and videos is without a doubt the most important and valuable thing inside your computer, and is the only part of your computer which can not be replaced.

Simple hard drive failure may be the most common cause of data loss, and the threat of smart Internet worms and viruses has become an increasing risk to data loss or corruption.

Backing up your computer data is an absolute necessity for everyone from the simple home user to corporate giants.

There are several ways to save your data from loss, and several different methods of storing it.

USB Flash/Pen Drives – These are indispensable for quickly saving small amounts of data. They make transferring data between computers a breeze. As long as you’re running on Windows Me or Later, you simply plug the device into an available USB port and the USB drive is instantly recognised as a new hard drive and appears as a folder in your “my computer" section.

CD and DVD Writers/Re-Writers - With Prices of DVD Writers down to under £20 I can’t understand why anyone with data to safeguard wouldn’t have one of these. These drives are brilliant at backing up your entire computer as the new dual layer drives allow up to 8.4Gb of information to be stored on one disc.

External Hard Drives - External hard drives are exactly the same type of hard drive you’ll find inside your computer, but they come in their own shiny little case. Capacities of external hard drives are rapidly increasing and prices are steadily falling making them an attractive option for data storage.

Internal Hard Drives - The installation of a second hard drive isn’t difficult, but does require a basic understanding of the inner working of a computer which may scare off some users. This is a great way to keep your important data, photos and music files off your primary hard drive meaning even if your computer dies, your files remain safe and sound.

Online Storage - Online Data Storage Companies seem to be springing up all over the place at the minute though so expect prices to fall dramatically over the coming months. They provide storage on a remote server so you can access your data wherever you are in the world, provided you have access to the internet.

More information for all these options is available at my data-storage web site:

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