How to backup files Level of difficulty:
Information, data or whatever, needs to be stored in files for future reference on the computer. So one should be satisfied and relaxed at the end of an exercise. The important data, which may have taken hours to compile, once it has been saved, is now stored safely for all future reference. Right? Wrong!It is very important to go one step further.A back up, consisting of a copy or copies of all that has been saved, needs to be saved so that if there is a hard drive crash or any other disasters, including virus attack, which seriously infect the whole system of the hard drive’s file. All is not lost. Therein lies the necessity of creating back up files. Concisely speaking, to back-up means to make spare copies of original files and keep them separately from the original files in storage. Other reasons can be when the operating system fails and if the software has been installed badly, that can cause disasters when the question of recovering the files comes up. Materials Needed:
- Specialized software
Just by saving stored data on any external drive and updating on a regular basis. USB Flash Drives or memory sticks as they are more commonly referred to, are definitely best suited for the purpose of storing back up data. They are not as reliable as either the CD or the DVD, as data is not physically 'burned' but just entered in them. These devices have storage capacities ranging from around 1GB, up to 16GB and beyond. As the prices of the USB flash drives are low, it also makes them an inexpensive way store maximum data.
With the introduction of writers like CD/DVD, it has become easier to create backs up for storing maximum amounts of data. A typical CDR disk or a blank CD as it is more commonly referred to, can hold up to 800MB of data and cost close to nothing. DVD disk has the capability of storing up to 3.4GB of data.
CD & DVD writers are easy to use. The software that comes along with them is easy to use and can create back-ups of your data within minutes.
ZIP Drives and External Hard Drives are also commonly used for saving back up data.
Both internal as well as external ZIP drives are commonly found and can store upto 750 MB of data. These drives usually have their own software, and are simple to use.