Something many tech experts stress is the importance of backing up your files. We like to think nothing will ever happen to our devices, and do not want to take the time and energy it takes to backup our computers. It isn’t until our devices are failing us that we think, “If only I would’ve just taken a few minutes to backup my files.”
Almost everyone has experienced issues with their computers, and many have experienced a computer crash. There are few worse feelings than to have an issue with your computer and know that your files could be lost. If you have files and information on your devices that you would be devastated to lose, or if you just want to play it safe, here are a few quick tips to backing up your files the simple way.
Use an External Hard Drive
One of the simplest ways that you can backup your computer is by purchasing an external hard drive. They come in different storage sizes, and you can find them at just about any electronics store. Simply plug the hard drive into the USB port of your PC or Mac, follow the prompts, and your backup process should begin shortly.
Don’t forget that you will need to update the external hard drive occasionally to make sure it has all of your files. Also, remember that in order for this method to be effective, you’ll have to make sure to keep up with it — if you lose it, or if it gets damaged or stolen, you will lose all your files.
Backup Your Files Online
Another way you can ensure your files will be recovered in the event of a computer issue is through utilizing an internet backup service. These services typically cost a monthly fee, but they run in the background of your computer, automatically backing up your files to the service’s online storage.
This method is effective because it protects your files against any type of issue, including hard drive failure, theft, and any other disaster. However, backup may take longer to complete than it would on an external hard drive. It also costs money each month.
Use a Cloud Storage Service
The third option for file backup is uploading your files to a cloud storage service. This method is a little bit different than the previous two, and although it isn’t technically considered a “backup method,” it pretty much serves the same purpose in a simple and cheap way. This method works by storing files on services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive. Simply drop the files in, and you will be able to access them from any device with your account login information. This method is free — but it works best if you do not have many important files you want to save, as these services only offer a few gigabytes of storage space for free. If you need more space, you’ll have to pay for it.
Back It Up
It’s important to be prepared for a computer emergency. No matter which of the three methods you choose, you’ll have a backup plan (literally) in case something happens. You’ll never have to sweat about losing your files again!