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The Importance of Backing Up Your Data

Posted September 12, 2012 in Advice Column

In light of recent events, I would like to recycle this article in hopes it will be read by more users.

The definition of a true backup is having a copy of your important data in another location. Just moving your files to another location is not good enough. In today’s computer age, we can keep a large amount of information stored in a small space. Pictures, music, videos, documents, letters, etc., can all be stored in a device sometimes as small as a piece of bubblegum. These types of storage are electrical and will fail.

Copies can be made to CD, DVD, flash drives, external hard drives and the Internet just to name a few. Choosing the right media to save your copy to will be based on the amount of files you want to save. Once your copy is made, check to make sure that both copies work in both locations.

If you do encounter a failure of either storage device, you can replace the failed device and make a new backup. Without this backup, failure will mean a total loss of information. Although you can sometimes retrieve data from these broken devices, it can become very costly. If it is important… please back it up. Call us at 515-955-4424 with any questions.

Information provided by Joe Gilbert, owner of Little Joe’s Computers, 1000 Central Ave., Fort Dodge. For more information call 515-955-4424.

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