Quick Tech Tip: Backing it Up

Technology fails and will continue to fail until the robot overlords take over.

Fortunately, we aren’t quite there…yet.

Your computer is arguably the most important tool in today’s college learning and working environment. Unfortunately, it is not infallible and always has the possibility of crashing, leaving your hard drive wiped, and you…a wreck (think “crying emoji” level). That’s why we’re bringing you our quick tech tip of the day: back up your computer!!!!!

old school comp

Keep your files safe by regularly backing up your computer’s hard disk drive onto an external hard drive so that – in the case of utter computer destruction – you can restore your entire system with all of your beloved files to a new hard disk drive or (depending on the level of utter destruction) a new computer altogether.

Use a free backup software like BackUp Maker to connect your computer’s hard disk to an external drive and begin making a full digital copy of all of your files, software, and information. Creating this backup can take up to a couple of hours, depending on how much digital clutter you have, so be patient! In the end, however, it’s worth it! Right now, the best type of external hard drive to buy, due to its incredible durability and limited possibility of breaking, is a ‘solid-state’ external hard drive because it doesn’t have any spinning components like a regular hard drive. But, any hard drive with at least 500GB should do for most people (though 1TB drives are more popular). Check out these great hard drives to give you a better idea of what’s out there.

The best time to back up your computer is just before a major software update (in case something goes wrong in the updating process) AND after you’ve just completed the first draft of that big paper, project, or thesis, or uploaded all of your precious study abroad photos.

For any smaller files (think those under around 16GB) that you deem important (like a word document containing your half-written, destined-to-be-Pulitzer-Prize-winning memoir), we recommend that you, at the very least, copy those files to a flash drive which will serve as an extra layer of pocket-sized protection after you have backed up your entire computer. Pick up a cool school-spirit flash drive here or on your own campus bookstore website!

Written by Guest Blogger, Dan H. of Emerson College

————————————————–

Are you backing up your computer? Share your tips and computer crash horror stories with us on Twitter or in the comments below!

1

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Popular Articles
4 Financial Goals to Make this Year

4 Financial Goals to Make this Year
01.09.19

Brought to You by our Partners at College Ave Student Loans After ringing in the new year, it's time to start adopting new positive habits and Read More…
7 Bad Habits That Are Blocking Your Full Potential

7 Bad Habits That Are Blocking Your Full Potential
01.01.19

We're firm believers that you should always strive to be the best version of yourself. This means living healthy -- both body and mind -- and Read More…
5 To-Do List Apps You Should Download This Year

5 To-Do List Apps You Should Download This Year
01.02.19

Out with the old, in with the new. It's time to say goodbye to those paper to-do lists you've been using to stay organized. After all, Read More…
10 Relaxing Things to Enjoy During Your Time Off

10 Relaxing Things to Enjoy During Your Time Off
12.22.17

You've hustled hard all year in your classes and at your internship. Now, it's time for some much-needed relaxation. We've got a few ideas on how you Read More…
The College Juice © 2019