Tech tips: Start backing up your hard drive now!

With the holiday season upon us, think about all of the photos you’re going to take. Think of all of the photos you took last year. Now, imagine all of them disappearing forever in the blink of an eye when your hard drive fails.

How many other irreplaceable photos of Halloween, school plays and other events would you lose if your computer died? It’s not fun to think about, but a little forethought can keep it from happening to you.

Every year at the tech store, we inevitably meet a customer with tears in their eyes because their computer’s hard drive unexpectedly crashed and they lost those priceless memories. You never know when your hard drive might crash. People often think they might see symptoms of a crash coming, but typically this isn’t true. Sometimes a minor power surge or lightning strike can cause a loss of some, or all, of your information. Sometimes, the entire collection of images is gone as quickly as it takes for a burglar to steal your computer.

Don’t let this happen to you — back up your photos and other important digital files at least twice a month!
If you regularly save your files to a backup drive, you can usually restore the last file you saved, no matter if it was lost, stolen, deleted or corrupted. It’s much easier to restore two weeks of data rather than start from the beginning.
There are several options available to back up your information.

An external hard drive that doesn’t require a dedicated power source is a great backup option. External hard drives require no Internet connection to save your files. And since many models are powered by your computer, it provides a truly portable solution. Be aware that these devices are also prone to lightning strikes and power surges, so treat the device with the same care as you would your computer.

Much like the external hard drive, a USB jump drive gives you a portable storage solution. Since these devices are so small, a jump drive is limited in the amount of storage it provides.

There are several cloud storage options, such as Dropbox, iCloud, Amazon Cloud and Google Drive. These options give you great flexibility, allowing you to access your information anywhere you have an Internet connection, and there’s no worry about the device breaking or becoming corrupt or outdated. But, be aware that some services offer a certain amount of storage for free, while others require a monthly fee.

Even with that in mind, a small monthly fee may be worth the peace of mind to know your photos and home movies are safe in the cloud.

Each situation is unique, and while finding the right storage option that fits you is important, the decision to start backing up your information is most important.
The experts at our Retail Center will be happy to discuss your options and see which one might be the best for you.

RECOMMENDED BACKUP OPTIONS

  • External hard drive
  • Amazon Cloud
  • Dropbox
  • iCloud
  • Google Drive