Computer Backup Basics

Creating a backup of your precious files is pivotal. It lessens the risk that you’ll lose your important documents, baby’s pictures and school work in case of theft, file corruption and or hard drive failures. Backing up files and photos is not that difficult, but with several different ways to do it, it can be abit complicated to get started. We at Lenitytech will show you the basics on the varied options you have to back up your files and tips to make the process simpler. Get in the mode of backing up files on a routine basis, whether its every week or month or whenever you get important documents worth keeping.. Also, be cautious that physical storage peripherals, like hard discs and flash drives can break down at any time. You may need to substitute the old ones with new ones after several years or so to guarantee they don’t fail, destroying your files in the process.

External hard drive

An external hard drive (HDD) is a physical and portable storage device that can be connected to a computer through a USB connection. External hard drives customarily have high storage volumes and are often used to back up computers or provision as a network drive. Storage is the hard drive’s main responsibility. All data/information stored on your computer is on a hard drive. Your programs, all music, files, pictures, movies, even your operating system—are all stored on the hard drive. If your hard drive is damaged, you can lose it all. That’s the sad truth. This is why most people have a backup system. Get a secondary hard drive and copy all your important files onto that However, hard drives can fail at any moment, for many reasons. Ultimately you may plug in your drive and it won’t work, which means you will not be able to access the files you have stored on it. It is rare for a new hard drive to fail completely, and most drives can last years before needing to be replaced, but just keep in mind that failures can happen at any time. Some external hard drives have a rugged, waterproof or fireproof case and they’re worth buying, if the need arises.

Flash drive

Flash drives (called thumb drives) are tiny, portable drives, often not longer than a piece of gum. They come in a variety of designs, from plain colored sticks to unique characters, and most can be attached to a keychain. This method is very similar to the first one, but uses flash memory instead. Flash memory is basically a disc that can be erased and reused easily. A flash drive can be connected to your computer through the USB port, which then you can copy or drag and drop files onto it. Once removed, those files will be stored on the flash’s memory until you delete it. Flash drives also can break down overtime, fail or become corrupted, making them useless. You would not be able to access your files if that happens. It’s not likely that a new flash drive will flop immediately, but it can happen.

Cloud storage

Cloud storage is model where you can store files from your computer to a server in a data center, far from your home or work. A storage company uses those servers to offer a certain amount of space that you typically rent to store your files. Same way a physical storage structure works. Once you have a cloud storage service, you can transfer your files with a desktop application or from the company website thru the Internet; you can also view, edit and remove files stored in your cloud storage account at anytime, from any device, whether it’s a computer or a mobile device. You can transfer files back onto your computer also. Although cloud storage is an excellent backup option, there are a few risks. Cloud storage services can be and have been hacked. Another risk is if the cloud storage company shuts down operations for whatever reason, you won’t be able to access any of the files you’ve stored in your account.