When it comes to backing up files on your computer, you have a few choices. Many people will just use a CD to backup some of their most important files from their computer. The problem is that you’d need a lot of CD’s to back up all the files on an average computer. Another, and for most people, better option is getting a computer external hard drive. These drives can be very compact and very inexpensive yet they can hold up to 320 GB of data… and that’s a small drive! Larger drives can hold all the way up to 1 TB.
Just to give you an idea of just how much data that really is, 320 GB can hold over 1 million (yes, I said million) photos, over 5,000 songs and over 450 full length movies! That’s a ton of data, and way more than most people will ever really need.
Since these drives are very inexpensive, it’s almost always recommended that you buy the biggest one you think you might need and the biggest one you can afford. External drives are very reliable and rarely fail. As a matter of fact, you’ll most likely replace your drive not because it’s defective, but because newer technology has been introduced and you just want to get the latest and greatest available.
It’s really easy to use these devices and to transfer files on to them. Most of them have a simple to use USB cable where you just have to plug one end into the external drive and the other end into your computer. File transfer speeds can be very fast, although the amount of data you have to download will affect how long it takes.
Another great benefit of these external drives is that they are very small and very light. The average weight is only a few ounces. Most of them are small enough to fit easily in your pocket,purse or backpack. Most of these drives are also made to resist impact too (which is a good feature since they are so portable).
You don’t have to worry about finding space on your desk for this small device,even if your desk looks like mine (I go by the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ method of filing so most of my stuff is right on top of my desk!) you can still find room for an external drive.
When it comes time to actually buy you’ll want to carefully look at all the models available. One good way to make sure you’re getting the best one for your needs is to look over the reviews for that particular model. See what other people have to say about it and go from there.
No one wants to have something happen to their computer, and lose all their valuable photos, movies and CD’s. It’s kind of a no brainer actually. You can keep all your precious memories, and important work projects, safe by investing in a inexpensive
computer external hard drive. They’re easy to use, inexpensive to buy, portable and very reliable (and they don’t even take up very much room on your desk)