Backing up your research to keep it safe in case of catastrophe

Let’s face it: When we lose all our data, we die a little inside. Okay, maybe not just even a little. We could die a lot on the inside.

Thinking about all those invested efforts, time and patience we put in order to produce our histories it’d be ridiculous not to have any form of back up available.

There are many ways you can store your files elsewhere just in case anything goes wrong with your PC or laptop. So before it’s too late, here are some of the best ways you can have a back up system for your data.

1. Uploading them online.

Thanks to the Internet, we now have ways to store our data online. Platforms like Dropbox, RapidShare and even your email can do a lot to save you from all the moping.

While it’s good to have your data backed up online, there are its limitations. First, it’s only good if you don’t have too much files in your PC. Imagine all the painstaking hours you end up using to download everything once again.

Another risk is that you are submitting your data to another host, one that you cannot control fully. You’ll never know when it can crash also.

2. Transferring to an external hard drive.

There’s the online and there’s the external. External hard drive can vary from memory to memory. It transfers files locally from your computer to the drive.

This is good if you have tons of files (music, video, photos, etc) that aren’t only a lot but also heavy. You just have to remember that hard drives are not 100% crash-proof. If it wears out or decides to play tricks on you, you can lose the data you have.

3. Have a system image.

The beauty of tools like Acronis True Image is that it restores the full image of your system just in case it decides to fail on you.

The best combo for back up is to make a system image and have that backed up in your external hard drive as well.

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