External Hard Drives Not Just for “Techies” Anymore

Since computers have become a common item in nearly every household, more and more people are understanding the ins-and-outs of computer usage and maintenance, especially when it comes to the importance of regularly backing up data in case of hard drive crashes. Most know this, but how many really back up their information regularly?

It is not uncommon for a computer to fail because of viruses, hacking, power surges or from getting too hot. Most often, reliability depends on the computer you purchase and how you choose to protect it both internally and externally. Purchasing an external hard drive could be one of the better ways to protect your information from computer crashes.

When Things Go Wrong

Karen Micallef, the Marketing Director at The Michigan Center for Advanced Dentistry, recently had an unfortunate experience with her computer.

“I bought a new computer and spent a lot of money on it, because I wanted a really good video card in it and wanted it to be top of the line,” she said. “I had the laptop for about a year and it crashed on me. We apparently had a power surge and it wasn’t plugged into a surge protector. The surge fried the hard drive.”

Because her hard drive shorted, Karen lost all of her information including videos, photos and valuable document files.

“My computer had every single digital picture of my children and anything else I can think of that wasn’t burned onto a disk,” she said. “I didn’t do any backups because it was a new computer and I thought that I would never have a problem. I lost everything.”

If Karen had executed regular backups, or had she owned an external drive, she might have been able to save her information without paying someone to retrieve it for her, an expense that can cost as much as a brand new computer.

“I wound up having to go to the Geek Squad and recover any data they could off of the hard drive,” she said. “They ended up recovering almost everything but it ended up costing about $800 just to get my pictures back. They are priceless photos of my children; so I spent it. I wasn’t happy about it, but I did it anyway.”

External Hard Drives Can Transfer to Any Computer

When backing up a computer, many people will now opt to put their information onto an external hard drive to safeguard against possible issues with their computers. This way, backup files do not eat up storage space on the personal computer, and the user can easily switch from computer to computer without the hassle of paying someone to transfer the information – an especially valuable feature for those who aren’t especially “tech-savvy.”

External drives are also much cheaper than buying a new computer, and can save you the time and money that people like Karen had to spend on retrieving lost files. More people are trying external drives to store their pictures, movies, music and even games. This not only stores their valuable files without a monthly fee, but the redundancy provides peace of mind against computer failure.