Have you ever lost a very important file because your PC was infected by a virus or because a hardware piece got busted, or because you accidentally misplaced or deleted it, or because for whatever reason, the file just got corrupted? If you have experienced any of that, then you certainly realize why it is important to have a “back up” of our VIFs. Aside from using the computer’s backup utility program (which is useless if you have a hard drive failure or when you have a virus), here are some ways for you to have a “Plan B” when “Plan A” with a file fails…
Ways to Back Up Important Files on Your PC
Use old school CDs and DVDs. This is really appropriate when you’re keen on organizing each file by name or by category, and when the files you need to save are not really that big. CDs and DVDs are also very affordable and when you can no longer use the files you have saved, you can always sell your old CDs and DVDs.
Use your other computer or laptop. If you have an old PC, netbook, or notebook at home and you still do not have plans of selling it online then you can use it as your backup computer and save important stuff in it. This is especially applicable if the files you need to save are biggies like videos and the likes. When saving files on another computer, you can transfer files by home networking or by using DropBox.
Use Flash Drives. If you need to back up a few files, which are often used and may require frequent changes, a USB flash drive is perfect for the job. Portable flash drives come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are even multifunctional, as there are USB flash drives that are also lighters, Swiss knives, flashlights, and more.
Use External Hard Drives. If you have tons of files to save, then use an external hard drive. This is a cheaper solution as compared to using hundreds of CDs or flash drives. With an external hard drive, you can even save your operating system and completely restore your computer to the way it was if the system on your PC suddenly crashes.
Use Your E-mail Storage Space. Call me crazy but I love storing some of my ‘now-in-use’ files in my email. This is okay when you want to store small files and you are using tons of devices – phones, tablets, and pcs. When you use your email however, make sure it is secure if you are saving confidential files – and store frequently used and modified files if you are always online.
Use Online Storages. If the file you need to save is too big but you still want to keep it online, use online storage services like Dropbox, Box.com, Comodo, and more. These allow users to upload files to their server for safekeeping. It may be convenient to have the data available wherever you can connect to the net but keep in mind that the speed in accessing your backup files will always depend on the quality of your net connection. Also, if the company closes, you may have a hard time trying to recover your files from them.
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