If you have been using computers for a long time, chances are that you have experienced hard drive failure. When your computer crashes, you most likely know that all unsaved information will probably be lost forever. To make matters worse, there is always the chance that your system might not be able to recover at all. In this scenario, every document, picture and file stored in your computer is sent to oblivion, never to be heard from again.
To say the least, experiences like these can truly be agonizing and frustrating. The sad fact is that occurrences like these can be inevitable. Like any other piece of hardware, computers are subject to wear and tear. You cannot notice this by just an external review of your hard disk drive and certainly, uploading all your files to the internet is not always practical. A simple solution can be found in using external storage devices.
Whether it is disk storage, an external firewire or a firewire storage, what is more important is that you have a back-up for all your files. Using an external storage device as an external back-up for your computer data is not only practical but very easy to do. Here is how you do it:
- Pick up the external storage device of your choice: There are many available external storage devices from which you can choose from: CD, DVD, USB flash drive, and external hard drive. Consider the size of these files which you will save in the external storage device since each device has their own particular storage capacity. Some USB devices can store only up to 1GB while external hard drives have higher storage capacities.
- Carefully insert the external storage device to your computer. Using caution, insert the external storage device to your computer. Pay close attention to the location where each device have to be inserted and the manner by which you insert them. Typically, USB flash drives are inserted into a USB port. The same is true with an external hard drive. CDs and DVDs are inserted into the disk drive.
- Safely remove the device after using them. After you have stored the files you need in the external device, make sure that you properly remove them from your computer. When removing the external device, click on the icon (Safely Remove Hardware icon) which can be found on the lower right portion of your screen. It is one of the icons located on the left side of the clock. After clicking this icon, click the particular external storage device that you are using. Wait for the message indicating that you can safely remove the hardware from your computer before you pull it out. This must be done to avoid damage to the device and consequently to the files stored inside it. So make sure that you uninstall the external devices appropriately.
Saving your files in an external storage device can be a life saver in dire situations. It is always prudent to store important files in external storage so that even if the worst comes to happen, you can be rest assured that your files are safe and sound.