Most Convenient Ways To Backup Important Files

Posted on June 17, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Some people worry about losing their important data or some precious information. Hence it is important that you take necessary steps to backup the data. Here are 4 decent ways that you could implement to backup your files.

USB Flash Drive

If you don’t have a lot of valuable information on your computer that you need to back up on a regular basis, a USB flash drive might be all you need for saving important documents, pictures and other files. To use a USB flash drive, all you need to do is plug the USB connection of the drive into one of the USB ports on your computer. The program should show up as a folder on your desktop. From there you can drag important information to the flash drive before ejecting and storing it. Flash drives commonly come in 2, 4, 8, 12 and 16 GB sizes, though larger ones are becoming more prevalent.

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Data BackupAdd a Second Hard Drive

Instead of relying on a flash drive that can easily be lost or damaged, you should consider adding a second hard drive to your computer. By adding a second hard drive you can just copy existing files from your first drive, making a backup copy. If your main drive crashes, you won’t have to worry about losing all of your information. For users that are familiar with computers, installing a second hard drive is fairly easy. If you’re not comfortable opening your computer up, a professional will be able to do the job for you for a minimal fee.


Carbonite might be the easiest solution for backing up the files on your computer, especially for people that are busy or just plain forget to back up their files to traditional devices. Once Carbonite is installed on your computer you won’t have to do anything to make sure it’s working because it continuously runs in the background without slowing your computer down. Carbonite also separates the information it backs up into easy-to-find folders like e-mail, music or photos, and the program even puts identifying colored dots and marks next to each file in your hard drive to show that it has been backed up. In short, Carbonite is foolproof. The basic home version of Carbonite is $59 per year, and the more advanced HomePlus and HomePremier versions are $99 and $149 per year respectively. For many people, using a backup source like a USB flash drive or a second hard drive is inconvenient, leaving online backup systems as the clear choice. For a more detailed review of online data backup programs, check out Amazing Reviews at


You could even opt for CDs or DVDs for backing up data instead of the pendrives. Some might fear of losing the pendrive as they are tiny in size. I feel that CDs and DVDs are outdated. Hence Blu-Ray discs would be a better option for data backup considing the fact that it comes with enormous space. But one demerit that it has got is – the data feeding process is a time consuming one.  But it comes with loads of space as compared to an ordinary DVD disc.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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