Spring is just around the corner, which means one thing: let the spring cleaning begin! Sure, the house and yard could use some TLC, but what about your computers? This may sound odd, but hear me out.
A few weeks ago, my laptop, which contains everything from work documents to old school papers, hundreds of songs and thousands of priceless pictures, suddenly quit working. After a trip to the Apple Genius Bar, I heard the words no one wants to hear: “Your hard drive crashed.” As I sat at the bar, (no pun intended) I couldn’t believe that I may have lost years of work and memories. But after two days of painful waiting, I’m happy to say that all of my data was recovered.
Now that I’m up and running, (you never know how much you rely on your laptop until you don’t have it) I have decided to spread the word about backing up your computers and laptops. Trust me, it’s worth it.
There are several options when it comes to digital storage:
- External Hard Drive- The external hard drive is what saved my laptop. There are tons of different drives you can pick. Visit consumer reports to find the best one for you.
- Cloud Storage- Storing your files “in the clouds” may seem a bit scary; but, if you do your research, you’ll find that this virtual storage option isn’t so bad after all. My top pick is the Carbonite backup, which you can try free for 14 days. The cost is very reasonable, and backs up automatically each time you make a change to your computer.
- ioSafe- This option is another type of external hard drive, yet it’s practically indestructible. The ioSafe website describes this external as an aircraft black box, safe against flood, fire and theft.
While you begin your spring cleaning, take a few moments to back up your computers and laptops. You’ll be glad you did.