In today’s digital world, the majority of the population keeps all of our important files on computers. As more people turn to computers and the internet to complete everyday tasks, the files that we store on our computers are becoming increasingly important. Not many of write handwritten letters to our family members, instead we use email and instead of printing off our digital photographs, most of keep our photo albums on our computers so we can easily access them.
However, it is an unfortunate fact of life that computers and hard disk drives can fail if something goes wrong. The thing with computers is that you never know when they are going to fail. You could enjoy many years of no problems with your pc and then one day it could just give up. Because of the unpredictable nature of computers, it is essential to make sure that you don’t lose all your important files should things go wrong. The best way to do keep your files safe is to back up your computer on a regular basis so that if your computer does fail, you don’t lose anything!
By storing copies of all your important files on a separate medium other than your hard disk you can stay one step ahead of your computer and never have to experience the gut-wrenching panic of losing all your important files in one fell swoop. This protects you against the event that something happens to damage your files.
Computer file backups can be done in a variety of different ways. The most traditional and probably the simplest is to use a floppy disk but this method is flawed in today’s modern world. Nowadays, floppy disks are becoming obsolete and it is not surprising that some new computers don’t even have floppy disk drives anymore! Also, floppy disks only have a limited amount of space-most only hold 1.4 megabytes of data whereas other formats allow for a lot more data.
Another option is to use CD-Rs which are CD-ROMs that you can actually copy onto. These have a much larger capacity for storage as most go up to 800 megabytes. Another option is to use CD-RWs which you can write on more than once unlike the CD-Rs. DVD burners are also becoming increasing popular as a typical DVD-R can hold up to 4700 megabytes.
Key drives are also a popular form of computer file backup. These are removable, small and really convenient to use. In general they don’t hold as much information as a DVD-R but they still hold an impressive amount for something so small.
Whilst these methods are effective, in recent years there has been an increase in the amount of people using the internet to backup their files. Online backup works by putting all your computer files onto an online server and allowing you to access them from any machine and from anywhere in the world as long as it has access to the internet. This cuts out the hassle of having to carry a physical storage method around with you and it means that your files are still backed-up in a secure place.
When it comes to making a decision about which form of computer backup is best for you, you need to think about your personal needs and requirements. You need to think about how much storage space you need and which method is most suitable for you. In addition to your computer, don't forget about cell phone backup.
2011-06-06 5:10am PDT
A timely article for me with helpful tips on the importance of computer backup. I plan to use the "key" for whole computer backup rather than just files... (not that the bewildered look of the procastinator whilst staring at that famous blue screen is not priceless:)