Back up Your Data to Prevent a Devastating Loss

Posted on Aug 16 2013 - 10:13am by Peter Millikin

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From your teenagers coursework to the first pictures of them when they were a new born, your computer and phone likely hold a lot of data. Most of it would be devastating to lose.

If you haven’t backed up your data yet, you need to seriously think about it now. Once your data is lost, it cannot always be recovered. Even the smartest computer or mobile phone engineer may not be able to recover your data and if they can it can run in to thousands of pounds. If this scares you, it should. We hope it scares you enough that you decide to backup your data as soon as possible!

There are couple of easy ways you can back up your data.

1. External Hard Drives

Placing your data on an external hard drive is easy and cost efficient. You simply purchase the hard drive and put whatever data you want to keep on it. Keeping an external copy of your data makes sense in most cases of hard drive failure or viruses. However, do keep in mind that if your data is destroyed due to a natural disaster, your external hard drive will be destroyed too if they are kept in the same place.

Affiliates That Sell External Hard Drive:

Viking-DirectViking – Viking can supply portable and desktop data storage hard drives. You can also compare up to four product items online.

RymanRymans -Great value external hard drives and other digital storage products. Follow on Twitter @RymanStationery

the office supplies – External hard drive and portable hard drives. Makes include Verbatim, Imation and Seagate.

EurofficeEuroffice – External hard drives and more. Makes include Toshiba, Iomega, Buffalo, and other top brands. Follow Euroffice on Twitter @eurofficecouk

2. Off-Site Storage

Off-site storage is when you store your data on a secure site. It is also called cloud storage. Some providers charge for this service and some do not.

Some offer a certain amount of:

  • Free storage and then charge for additional storage you may need.
  • Off-site storage is a great option for anyone worried that their external hard drive is just as easily damaged as their internal hard drive.

Here are two great free options for cloud storage:

  • Google Drive – Google offers its users 15GB of free storage space. If you need more than that, there are monthly plans available, all the way up to 16TB. Any time you create something on Google Docs, the storage is free. So if you use Google Docs a lot, this is definitely the way to go.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive – Amazon offers 5GB of free storage upfront. Amazon’s storage isn’t as sophisticated as Google’s, but it’s a great basic option for those looking for cloud storage.
    There are other options out there of course, but we have highlighted these two because many people already use other Google and Amazon products. Back up your data today and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s done.

Money Saving Advice And Tips

If you split your backups between the five trusted resources in the article I wrote below my money saving blog you could achieve around 50GB of FREE online storage!

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Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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