Laptops run hot. Laptop computers often run so hot that you can’t really set them on you lap if that makes any sense. Heat kills PCs. Laptops generally have a significantly shorter lifespan than desktop computers. Sometimes, we get a warning that the laptop is on it’s way out. If that’s the case, consider yourself fortunate. Many times, with no warning at all, a laptop fails and data is lost. I’ll give you some backup strategies that can save your data even if you laptop dies.
An External Hard Drive
Several hard drive companies like Western Digital and Seagate make good quality external hard drives. An external hard drive is not used as much as your internal hard drive so it will more than likely last longer than your laptop computer. External hard drives plug directly into your USB port in most cases and are very easy to install. Just plug it in the computer and it’s ready to go. The larger the external hard drive is, the more it will cost. A one terabyte hard drive is VERY large and will run you between $100 and $200 US dollars. Keep all of your precious and valuable files on the external hard drive.
Online Backup Sources
There are companies that provide online backup sources for computer users. Carbonite.com and barracudanetworks.com are two of the most popular companies. Their services are secure and reliable and relatively inexpensive at about $55 US dollars per year.
Flash drives are very small and plug into your USB port on your laptop. Depending on what you want to back up, flash drives are an option you may wish to consider. If all you have are text files, spread sheets and some photos to backup, a flash drive would likely be adequate. You can currently get flash drives with as much as 64 gigs of storage on them.
DVDs and CDs
You can store data on a CD and even more data on a DVD. You can burn files you wish to backup on a DVD but be sure to store the DVD in a safe place so it doesn’t’ get lost or damaged.
Free Online Storage
Companies like adrive.com give you 50 gigs of free storage. Idrive.com and mozy.com each give you 2 gigs of storage for free. Backup isn’t automatic though. You have to do it manually.
Make A Restore Disc
Most windows operating systems have a utility in which you can make a restore disc. For example, if you are reading this article now and you are thinking, “what if my laptop dies and I loose all the stuff on my computer now?”. Go ahead and make a restore disc or discs. The only downfall of doing that is that unless you make restore discs daily, or several times a day, you can still loose anything you put on your laptop after you have made the restore discs.
Laptops computers generally fail and die much sooner than desktop computers. Laptops don’t provide good air flow and they run hot. Heat kills PCs and will at least shorten the life of a PC. The more heat inside your computer, the sooner it will likely die. A decent backup solution for your laptop is essential if you have files that you can’t or don’t want to loose. Some of the files that you may wish to backup are the following.
Any document file that you can open with Microsoft Office
pdf files (documents that you read through Adobe Acrobat Reader
Until the day comes when they can find out how to adequately cool a laptop computer, laptop computers will continue to be unpredictable and eventually die. If you’re fond of having a laptop computer, that’s fine but make sure you back up your precious files and any of the files that are important to you. For example, if you have your personal files on an external hard drive and your laptop has to go in for a repair, the tech will have access to your laptop but NOT your the personal information that is contained on the external hard drive. Go ahead and get started right now. Back up your files from your laptop.