logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Nonfiction Writing Site

BellaOnline's Nonfiction Writing Editor

g

Don't Wait to Back-up Your Computer Files

Guest Author - Glenda Schoonmaker

It doesn't matter how old or how new your computer is, you need to back up the files that you don't want to lose. If you are like most people, you tell yourself, "Aw, that would never happen to me." True, you probably never will have any trouble losing computer data or files unless you really start putting things on your computer that you can't replace: stories you've written, photographs, your whole recipe file, your banking system. Tragic things like loss of computer data never happens to people unless you can't afford to lose the data---then, chances are you'll lose it. That's sort of like Murphy's Law (if things can go wrong they will).


When people used typewriters for their writing, they often added a sheet of carbon paper and secondary piece of paper in the typewriter to keep a copy of their work. Now, with computers maintaining everything a person does in life, people have actually become less cautious about losing that important data. People put so much faith into their computers, that they just can't imagine a catastrophe happening with no way to retrieve that data.


The last time one of my computers crashed with no way to restore the functionality, the computer was 731 days old---that's two years and one day old. To clarify that, it was exactly one day out of warranty. I'm not good at reminding myself to keep computer disks of my important data. Thankfully, I'd just purchased an online back-up system which takes a complete disk image of my computer--8 gigs worth of information. Because I had this external system, I lost no files.


However you chose to back-up your files depends on how conscientious you are at backing up your system, how easy you want it done with nothing to do on your part, if you want something that is relatively cost-free to back up or has a small fee involved. There is no one-best method for everyone.


If you are using a computer which still uses magnetic disks (floppies), it would not be advisable to keep using those for your storage. Magnetic tape can be damaged and lose data. Plus, if that computer crashed, it's not as easy to find computers now which can read those disks.


CD's or DVD's can still be wonderful ways to store data for long term use, but that can get costly, and cumbersome to store. Plus, those can get scratched making them unreadable. Flash drives (more commonly called thumb drives) are great for transferring data from one computer to another, but they are not advisable for long term storage. External hard drives are fairly reasonable in cost and are a great way to have a secondary way to store data, but you have to manually remind yourself to make copies onto your external hard drive. There are now automatic external back-up hard drives that simply plug into your computer and automatically start copying your data. However, some of those are not programmed to operate as well if you are running Windows Vista 64 bit.


On-line back-up systems are becoming more and more popular. The prices vary but are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased yearly or by the month. Some banks offer computer back-up systems as part of your package with banking at a particular bank.


Before making any decisions for on-line back-up systems, if you know someone using a particular system, find out how satisfied they have been. Find out if they are using the same type computer system you are when comparing. Read reviews in reputable computer magazines or on-line computer reviews affiliated with places such as PC Magazine or CNET. Also, find out how easy it is to restore your computer system if you have a computer crash or if you have to completely replace your computer.


Back-up systems can work remotely and seamlessly, but you are entrusting your information to travel through cyberspace (though it is encrypted) and to be stored out of your reach.


Don't let anyone convince you there is only one way to back-up your computer files. You need to decide for yourself what works best for you. And, . . .there's always the old fashioned paper back-up system, too.
Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Twitter Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Facebook Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to MySpace Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Del.icio.us Digg Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Yahoo My Web Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Google Bookmarks Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Stumbleupon Add Don%27t+Wait+to+Back%2Dup+Your+Computer+Files to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Nonfiction Writing Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Glenda Schoonmaker. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Glenda Schoonmaker. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Bluedolphin Crow for details.

g


g features
Setting through the World around Us

Setting through Action

Setting through a Camera Lens

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor