How to Choose the Best Backup Tools
Follow these simple tips to protect your files so you never have to worry about losing important information.
- You can save time when backing up files by choosing the most appropriate storage medium. USB Flash Drives, also called ThumbDrives, are the quickest and easiest devices to use, provided you don’t have too many files to back up. Use CDs for larger volumes of data – the recordable variety (CD-R) for material you want to back up permanently, such as completed work or photos, and the rewritable variety (CD-RW) to back up files that are constantly changing.
- If the quantity of data you need to back up calls for too many CDs – which can be time consuming to burn – use DVDs instead. One DVD can store the equivalent of six CDs’ worth of data. As is the case with CDs, you can buy DVDs that are both recordable (DVD-R) as well as those that can be erased and rewritten many times (DVD-RW).
- If your computer doesn’t have a built-in CD or DVD burner, you can always have one installed without breaking the bank. Alternatively, you can buy an external burner that plugs into the USB port of your computer. Do some research before you buy to make sure that the burner you purchase is capable of handling rewritable disks.