Back Up Your Computer Data on the Cheap

     Todd Alcock is the owner of EZ Computer Repair, an Orange County, California information technology company equipped to tackle all sorts of computer-related matters, from data recovery to virus removal to general maintenance and repairs. And according to Alcock, anyone looking to back up his computer data on the cheap has several options.

You’re sitting at your desk, typing away, when suddenly your computer goes blank and stops working. Although you try turning it back on, you find that nothing productive seems to be happening. You urgently call the nearest computer technician, wondering what will become of all the data you’ve accumulated over the past few years. After checking, the technician may tell you that your computer is wiped out, and that the process of recovering your data will be both lengthy and costly. Only then will you realize the importance of backing up your data in advance.

Unfortunately, personal computer users lose far too much valuable data each year as a result of never backing it up. After all, computers aren’t indestructible, and hard drives can sometimes break down without warning.

However, regularly saving your data will help you if your computer is functional enough to retrieve it. Since computers – like most machines – have the potential to self-destruct out of nowhere, the only way to truly ensure that your data will be on hand when you need it is to back it up someplace outside your computer. While backing up your data may seem like a costly endeavor, there are plenty of good ways to do this without spending a fortune.

Buying Flash Drivers
In order to protect your data in a cost-effective way, you can go to a local electronics store, buy a flash drive, and manually back up your data as needed. A good flash drive can cost as little as $20, and as long as you remember to use it, your data will be protected even if your computer suddenly breaks.

Using External Hard Drives
Another affordable option for data backup comes in the form of the external hard drive. Although this option is a bit more expensive than simply purchasing a flash drive, you can use an external hard drive to store your data and keep it safe in the event of an unexpected personal computer malfunction. Since external hard drives can usually hold more data than flash drives, you may want to consider this option if you have a lot of information to store.

Using Online Backup Service
In addition, you can also use online, off-site backup as an effective at-home method of backing up data. Some companies will store your data automatically for a monthly fee. The benefit of using an off-site, Internet-based backup service is that once you sign up, the process becomes automated, so you don’t have to take the time to manually back up your data because your service will do it for you. On the other hand, in order to use an online backup service, you’ll need to install its software on your computer – which could slow down your computer and cause you undue aggravation. Still, with an online backup service, you’ll never have to worry about losing the physical piece of equipment (such as a flash drive or external hard drive) that contains your data.

Remember, the more often you back up your files, the better your chances will be of retaining your data in the event that your computer decides to suddenly go kaput. If you’re going to back up your data manually instead of using an online service, make sure to do so every two to four weeks. Although backing up your data may seem like a chore, it’s far less costly and complicated than delving into the world of data recovery. So if you currently don’t have any type of backup system in place, you should purchase an external storage device or sign up for an online backup service as soon as you can.

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Todd Alcock is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find a computer repair company or more ">computer articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.

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