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How To Back Up Files

A back up is a copy of a file saved on a separate device to the one that holds the original data.

Chances are that if you own a computer, you have important files on it. It could be pictures of family and friends or documents for work, nearly everyone has something important saved on their computer. But what if your computer stopped working and you could not recover these items? This is where backing up your data becomes important.

Backing up data has never been easier, there are many methods to backing up your computers information.

USB Storage Device

USB storage devices are by far the easiest and fastest way to back up your files. USB storage devices can range from memory sticks to external hard drives. All you need to do is plug in the USB device and it will appear as another drive on your computer ready to move files to.
Things to look out for when buying external USB Storage:

CD / DVD

CD and DVD back-ups are arguably the most secure and reliable method of data back up. This is due to the data actually being physically written onto the disk. The down side of this method is that the reliability is all down to how the CD/DVD is stored. Damp and moisture can damage disks in addition fine scratches could make a computer unable to read the disk.
A typical CD holds up to 800MB of data, a typical DVD disc can hold up to 3.4GB of data.

Back Up Software

There are many back up software packages available, they are reasonably priced and can be invaluable if you have very important files. Some back up software makes it simple to back up whole drives, including operating system files with a few clicks. This means if the worst happened, you could have your PC system up and running again within hours.

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