Data can be lost very quickly in today’s day and age. If it isn’t properly backed up, it might just disappear at any moment.
Technology has become very advanced, which is a blessing. However, technology is never risk proof. Simply put, there is a chance that any piece of technology can quit working, at any time, and important data and information may be gone forever. This issue can be easily prevented, by backing up the files you want to keep safe.
Here are some ways to backup your data:
1) To An External Hard Drive - this option is relatively cost efficient, and quite simple. External hard drives have become much cheaper over the past several years. You can plug them right into your computer, and every so often back up your current files to it. This will ensure that, in case of an emergency, you know your files and data are on the hard drive. Hard drives are compatible with all computers, so if you purchase a new PC or Apple product the files are easily transferable.
2) To the Cloud - With the recent development of cloud services such as Google Drive, and Amazon Web Services, it has become much easier to back up information online. The “cloud” is basically what we call backing up information to an online server. This option is perfect for those looking to access files and data from other computers and/or other places, because the information is accessible through the internet. The one worrying factor the cloud presents is that without proper firewalls and safety protocols in place, information could get corrupted or stolen. With that being said, Google and Amazon have increased their security measures recently, so the average cloud user should not be concerned.
3) To USB/Thumb Drives - Thumb drives are similar to external hard drives, except they are smaller. This is beneficial to people/businesses that need information spread out between various places. Instead of purchasing multiple hard drives that take up larger amounts of space, thumb drives are much more convenient. Thumb drives are also very cheap, which make them cost efficient. If you are looking to back up a small amount of data, or multiple batches of different files, thumb drives may be the way to go.
Are you looking to back up your data? Do you need direction/assistance in doing so? Feel free to leave a comment down below, or call us at 989-255-9292, and we will be more than happy to help you work through the confusion.
I own Elk Country Computer services here in Northern Michigan. I enjoy working with and fixing computers, especially playing around with different operating systems. Some of my other passions include bike riding, traveling, and hanging out with friends.