The next, and probably most common, method of backing up your data is with a portable external hard drive. I use a combination of this method and the one I’ll be discussing in part 3. For this method you’ll want to get an external drive that is at least as big as your internal HDD or SSD. These types of drives use the standard USB interface and will be compatible with most systems. Just plug it in and let your computer recognize it. After that easy setup, you’ll want to do one of several things to begin backing up your data.
If you have a computer or laptop, one of the most important things you can do is setup a backup system. There are several methods to complete this task, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We’ll discuss each in a multipart series.
CD / DVD / Blue-Ray: This is one of the oldest forms of backup. CDs can hold about 700 MB of data, DVDs 4.7 GB, and Blue-Ray 25 GB. You will need a computer with a the appropriate type of disk burner / writer, depending on which type of disk you choose. You can use the disk burning software that comes with most modern Operating Systems or you can install writing software. Continue reading “Importance of Backing Up Your Data – Part 1”