If someone you know is continuously telling you to back up the files on your computer, you should listen. Computer backup is one of the most important things that people tend to ignore. Your machine may seem to be completely hardy and invulnerable, but it could still crash tomorrow. That is why you need to preserve the integrity of your data by backing up your files elsewhere.
Think about it – your computer contains tons of information that is valuable to you. Although it probably does not contain a bunch of government secrets or things that could cause a big scandal if lost, it does have your music, your writing samples, your school and work records, lists of passwords for various websites, your games, and much more. That is a lot of information that you would not want to have to acquire all over again.
The good news is that computer backup is easy and reasonably inexpensive. There are several ways of backing up your data, the most common being to use an external hard drive to store copies of files that you would prefer not to lose. To make things more organized, you may want to consider having more than one external hard drive for each type of data that you are trying to maintain. For instance, if you have a lot of music on your computer, it makes sense to have an external hard drive devoted exclusively to music. In the case that your computer suddenly crashes and cannot be revived, this will save you the thousands of dollars that you have spent on your music collection to date, or (although you should not be downloading music for free) the hours upon hours that you spent illegally acquiring your favorite songs from the internet.
Another interesting way to back up your files is in the cloud (which basically means on the internet). This is quite effective as a method of computer backup, with the primary difference being that you do not own the physical object on which your data is stored. Instead, you rent space on someone else’s server and can retrieve data from it in the event that your original files are lost.
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