Never lose a file to a crashed hard drive again.
Have you ever been working on your computer and suddenly: the dreaded blue screen appears, your computer crashes, and your files are gone. Worse, it can sometimes cost thousands of dollars to recover your hard drive.
Though seniors have a reputation for being technology averse, according to the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of seniors say they use the internet regularly. Technology can be wonderful, because it can make tasks easier and faster and allow you to connect with others. It can even help seniors live independently longer. A hard drive crash can happen to anyone, including seniors.
Inevitably, the more you use a computer, the more you’ll have saved on it. This means it’s important to back up your data. Arguably, this is the most important task you can do for your computer. Without a backup, you risk losing important files, photos, videos, and more…permanently.
What causes data loss?
There are many things that could cause loss of data. One of the most common reasons is simple hard drive failure. Unfortunately, hard drive failure becomes more common the older your computer is.
A virus can also cause data loss. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do hackers. Sometimes, you may click on a website and see a warning that the website you are visiting is unsafe. Some websites can even expose you to malware, and attempt to install bad software on your machine.
Hopefully these neither of these things happen to you, but in the case of computers, it’s much better to be safe than to be sorry. This is why it’s vital to back up the important files on your hard drive. If you can’t replace it, you should back it up! Important files might include things like:
- Documents: Letters, reports, mailing lists, spreadsheets
- Financial Records: Tax returns, bank statements, investment records
- Media: Photographs, music, movies or videos
What can you do?
Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that don’t involve fiddling with an external hard drive or paying for an expensive cloud service. Some can even back up your most precious files (up to 64GB of data, or 45,000 photos) with just one click! Even if you were to lose your files, you’ll sleep better knowing you have a backup stored away for safekeeping—so don’t wait and protect your most important files.