Prevent a Woozy Computer From Taking Your Business Down! DVD Drives and Other Lifesaving Backup Tips
Last month we profiled a tiny hard drive that can allow you to take your most important audios, files and programs along with you, wherever you go.
Its also a great way to safeguard you against possible computer crashes. Simply plug your Seagate pocket drive into your backup computer (or even a friend or colleague's system in a pinch!) and you haven't skipped a beat.
However, there are a few other ways you can accomplish this triple whammy of file portability, backup and computer crash safeguard.
1. DVDs -- They Aren't Just For Movies Anymore
One of the best methods going is to get a DVD burner. These are like CD burners on steroids, with over 4 GIGs per disc. Just like the Seagate drive, if your computer ever goes down, simply plop your DVD into the DVD drive of a back-up computer and away you go.
Of course, if your back-up computer doesn't have a DVD drive, you're in trouble.
So you might want to plop down a few more bucks to get an external DVD drive. These drives hook up to any computer with a USB 2.0 or Firewire interface. Simply attach your DVD drive, like any external drive, to your backup computer, and you're set.
2. Small is Beautiful
There are also many types of small portable hard drives you can purchase. Some are much smaller and use something called Flash-based memory, similar to the memory in your digital camera. They tend to have much smaller capacities, but are more portable.
Others are more like regular hard drives, are a bit less portable, but have higher capacities.
Of course THE KEY to leveraging both of these methods is to keep a current backup of your CORE AUDIOS, FILES AND APPLICATIONS on either the DVD or the portable hard drive.
3. External Hard Drives
While they're not necessarily portable, the price of traditional external hard drives has plummeted, so there's really no excuse not to have one.
They typically come in two flavors -- Firewire and USB 2.0. These are fancy names for the type of interface /cables the drive uses to hook up to your computer. Some drives are compatible with both Firewire and USB 2.0.
You'll want to check your computer documentation to see which one it can handle -- USB 2.0 or Firewire.
Both types of drives hook up easily to your computer, and the quick file transfer times mean you won't be waiting forever to copy or back-up your files.
4. CDs are NOT the Answer
Back in the day, a CD would provide all the storage for your audio and data you could possibly need.
The problem with CDs, is they're just not big enough anymore. 700 MB ain't what it used to be. With audio files taking up massive amounts of space, the undersized capacity of CDs can actually discourage you from backing up your files.
Which can be heartbreaking when a computer crash leaves you stranded because it was just too much of a hassle to back-up your prized creations.
Do yourself a favor -- spend a few extra bucks for options 1, 2 or 3 above, and have a solution which will last you many years into the future.
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