Backing up data on computers or any electronic portable device is one of those things that all of us know we should be doing, but few of us actually exert the extra effort to do so. It’s not that it takes too long, or that it’s even complicated; it’s just one of those thing that we’ll get to…eventually, of course.
But the reality is that backing up your data is even easier—and cheaper—than it’s ever been before. Whereas previously you needed an external or internal hard drive, there are now numerous free services that are easy to use and will back your data up for free.
Three of the best on the market right now are Google Drive, Dropbox and Cloud-Computing services such as iCloud.
Google Drive: Formerly Google Documents, Google Drive is an excellent way to save your documents, calendar, contacts and more without worrying that they’ll be affected if you’re hard drive crashes. Google Drive allows user to store up to 15GB of your documents and data for free, while also allowing you to access them from any computer, anywhere. It also allows you to collaborate and share documents with others. If you are not using this feature, which can be easily accessed on its own or through Gmail, then you are not getting the maximum usage out of having a Google account.
Dropbox: Why email documents, photos, videos, and other files to yourself when there’s a server online that will do that for you. That’s exactly what Dropbox, one of the premier file-hosting services, promises and delivers on. It allows you to share files online so that you can sync them to other devices, access them from any computer or tablet, and share them with others. It also offers 2GB or up to 16GB of storage for free. If you need more, Dropbox also offers plans with even more storage—even above 1 TB—but those will cost you money.
iCloud: Ah yes, the mysterious iCloud. When it first came out, there was a lot of confusion about what exactly it was. While it may sound mysterious, iCloud is basically an example of a cloud-computing service that uses the Internet to store your data. Basically, iCloud allows you to save all of your stuff–music, photos, apps, documents and anything else–while also pushing them wirelessly to all your devices. As a result, you can access your things from your computer, phone, or tablet while being assured that if one of these devices crashes, you can still access your data.
If you don’t use any of these, you’re at risk to lose all of your music, documents, photos, apps, contacts and more in the event that you’re computer crashes and you are not backing it up through some sort of drive. In the event that happens, contact Computer City Repairs. Our data experts can help you recover all of your data in a quick and safe manner.
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