When was the last time you backed up any data on your laptop or PC? Can you remember? If you answered no you probably want to stop reading here and back up. Where ever you choose to back up your important data I recommend you do so regularly. Backing up your data on a regular basis will mean that in the event your drive suddenly fails, you won’t lose too much data. Another scenario that could affect your personal data is a possible cyber attack. If this happens you may have your files held to ransom and you could lose access to those files forever.
There are several ways you can back up data. The most convenient way to back data up is to save it to the cloud. The cloud can be accessed easily from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. The downside is if you have a lot of data you need to back up it might find it very expensive. You could use a CD or DVD…But who even has an optical drive anymore. So then you could opt for an external drive or a USB flash drive. If you don’t have a lot of files to store a USB flash drive is probably the cheapest solution. A 16GB USB stick can be had for as little as £4 for a USB 3.0 drive. External drives vary in size and price and can be mechanical rather than flash meaning a slower transfer of data.
I personally would recommend going for the USB flash drive if you can. For how little these things cost they could save you a lot of money and headache. The costs for data recovery from a drive that has failed could be very expensive. That is if the data can be recovered at all. With more and more photos and videos now being stored on computers or phones. I think it is especially important to keep your data as safe as possible.
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