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It is a good idea to back your data up as you never know when something might happen.
There are different way to do this as it all depends on what type of data (pictures, documents, accounts etc) you want to back up and how much you want to back up.
At Computer Plus we can offer advice and support on which option will suit you best.
We only recommend this if it is a very small amount that you want to back up, for example a document you are working on or want to share with another person.
The advantage of backing up onto disk is that it is easy to do and you have a hard copy.
The disadvantages of backing up onto disk is that there is only so much you can put onto a disk, and even using rewritable disks there are only so many times you can re-write them.
Most CD and DVD drives will read most disks, but there are some that can only read certain ones.
This is a very useful way of backing up a project you are working on, and extremely easy to transfer the data to another machine if you need to.
We would not recommend you back up your entire machine to these as they are small (easy to lose and have been known to go through the washing machine!), and you may need more than one to store all of your data.
This is one of the best ways to back up your data. You can get a hard drive that can hold the same amount of data or one that can hold more than the hard drive in your computer and as it is external you can store it separate to your machine if the data you are backing up is valuable.
There are three ways to back up to an external hard drive. How you do it depends on what you are backing up, the amount that you want ot back up and what external hard drive you purchase.
1. Manually - If you only wish to back up specific files doing it manually would be the easiest option. This means that as and when you change/update/create something you wish to back up, you then copy it onto the external hard drive.
2. Using Software - You can set it up so it knows exactly what to copy over and what files to update. All you need to do is plug your external hard drive in and press a button, leaving it to complete the backup!
3. Automatically - You can purchase software (some hard drives come with software ready to do this) that once set up to do so it will back up automatically. This means you don't have to worry about it, just check it every now and then to make sure it's working.
At Computer Plus we can supply the hard drive and set the back up for you or show you how to do it yourself.