Backing Up Is Hard To Do (NOT!): Why You Should Buy An External Hard Drive This Year.
Do you floss? You know you should. All it takes is minutes. And you know you should be doing it regularly.
Do you back-up? I bet not. Or at least not as often as you should! We all know that are pc’s are vulnerable in this day and age to so many things — viruses, power surges, 3-year olds somehow figuring out how to turn on your pc unattended, coffee spills, etc…so why not back-up your data just in case?
Perhaps your excuse is that your shiny new pc has that massive hard drive you’re gloating about to all your friends — and your excuse is that you can’t just easily dump them onto cd’s or dvd’s. Or that you don’t have a back-up tape drive to handle the 250GB drive full of data…well just think about how much it would cost alone to replace the 1,000 songs you’ve amasses from itunes at $0.99??? About a thousand bucks, right? Even if you had only 200 songs…
Here’s your opportunity to start the coming year with a fresh slate and a great resolution you can keep — “I’ll back-up my drive at least once in 2007”.
Now why and how you can you say that? Because external hard drive prices have been dropping like bricks from the sky. Storage drives have become very very affordable. I personally found a Maxtor 100GB drive for $20 AR recently. There are even 500 GB external hard drives that go for $99 !!!!!
That’s “>1/2 a terabyte of data storage at your fingertips! Now you’ll definitely have space to store not only your mp3’s but also your movie files (you know you’ll be acquiring that type of media soon enough!).
The beauty of external hard drives are that they are portable. They are instantly recognized by Windows, so there’s no configuration. All you have to do is plug in the USB cable into the USB port of your PC and turn on the drive. On your desktop, you’ll find a new drive that to which you can drag and drop files with ease. Just drag that “MY DOCUMENTS FOLDER” and presto, you’re done!
Of course, if you’re going to be doing this more than 1x a year (be realistic please!), you may want to look at actual back-up software that sychronizes files and does incremental back-ups only (compares files and copies only updated or new files to the back-up location). That type of software usually also has automated scheduling so you can set it to do it during lunch or at night daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. But that’s a topic for another day.
Today, you finally have a great New Year’s resolution that you can shout out during all the end-of-year celebrations these coming weeks when people ask if anyone has set any!!!
Now about flossing….