Everyone is frightened of losing important files from their computers. It is a rare occurrence but computer hard drives can crash. This has the unfortunate consequence losing all one’s important files for good. Windows can become corrupted to a point where it is impossible to restore to a previous date. It is possible a computer genius might be able to get your files back but this is far from guaranteed.
Therefore, if you have important files on your computer, or just pictures you might not want to lose, then you’ll need to think about backing them up. The good news is there are many ways one can safely back up files on your computer.
These days hard drives are partitioned into two drives. For example C: and D: drives. Using windows software it is possible to back up your files to a separate drive to the one with the operating system. This is useful if you have windows problems, as your files are safe on another drive. However, your files will be lost if the hard drive should crash.
To safeguard against a hard drive failure you’ll need to consider an external storage source. If you are running a business and your computer is full of important files, you’ll need to consider backing up the entire hard drive. In this instance it might be best to get an external hard drive. External hard drives can be purchased up to three terabytes (TB). Large external hard drives need their own power source. Small external hard drives up to about 500 gigabytes (GB) usually can be powered through the USB port alone.
There are more choices and options if you only intend to back up a few files from the whole computer. One might consider a small external hard drive which is more portable than a large external hard drive. If you want to take important files out and about with you, as well as having a file backed up, then one might consider a flash drive. Flash drives/sticks now holds up to 64 gigabyte. A flash stick is a small device that can plug straight into a USB socket.
For those who have computers with a card reader there is another choice of a SD card. These are small flat cards about the size of a postage stamp which slots into a computer card reader. SD cards now come in memory sizes up 128 gigabytes. The advantages of flash sticks and SD cards, is they are tiny and can easily be transported in one’s pocket or purse. SD cards are flat enough to go in the average wallet.