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Backing up documents

by sher646 / December 24, 2008 1:50 AM PST

Very new to computer-land. Please tell me how to back up my documents, of which I seem to have created a large amount in a short time. Thank you

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Re: backup
by Kees Bakker / December 24, 2008 2:41 AM PST
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The very first thing to have: something to backup TO. Good possibilities (depending on how much data it is) include:
1. diskette (1.44 Mb)
2. ZIP-drive, Jazz-drive (100-250 Mb)
3. USB-stick (1-8 Gb)
4. CD-R(W) (700 Mb)
5. DVD-R(W), DVD+R (4.7 Gb, double layer twice as much)
6. external hard disk (100-500 Gb)
7. internal hard disk of another PC in your home network
8. tape drive
9. somewhere on the internet (online storage, online backup)

1 and 2 are old-fashioned
3 I can only recommend for short-term storage
Other ones are OK, but remember it's best to have 2 different backup media, just in case something happens with one of them. For example, the Storage forum here is full of posts about external hard disk that broke down.

If you make a few choices to start with, maybe we can tell more.


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(NT) Burn A Copy To A CD Or Flash Drive
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 24, 2008 2:43 AM PST
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Data storage/back up
by Phil Crase / December 25, 2008 1:00 AM PST
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If data is considerable, get an external hard drive and send there, easy safe and getting more inexpensive almost by the day. For save/transfer(system to system) get yourself a USB flash drive, they too are quite inexpensive and really handy, you can get an 8GB for around 20 bucks, so shop around. You can also burn hard copy to CD/DVD, so there are lots of ways to do it, chances are you will want to give all of the methods a try just so you will know what you can do. Good luck!

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various back up methods
by brandymarie77 / January 3, 2009 12:23 AM PST
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I personally would suggest an external hard drive. But if you cannot afford one, then use DVD R's or CD-R's. DVDs hold much more data than CDs. I personally use DVD's to make a backup of my important stuff.

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