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Backup and File Management

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Before there was the Internet, my Dad Joe had two computers. One was at work. One was at home. He would carry work home with him on a floppy disc. Dad feels that the floppy discs served an excellent purpose… extra backup of data.

Dad wants to make things simple. He wants to have a program on his computer that opens. Once open, he wants to click buttons to tell the program which folders or applications to back up, then click “GO” and have it just back it all up for him. He’s not a fan of online storage. Dad believes, along with millions of other people, that any information put online is a target to be accessed by outsiders. Online storage is only as secure as the weakest link. Unfortunately, the weakest link is usually a human… not a computer.

The easiest way to backup your information is to use a removable drive. Simply plug it in to a USB port on your computer. Drag and drop any folders you want saved into the removable drive in your “my computer” window. Voila! The information is now backed up. If you have a lot of free space on your removable drive, you can do incremental backups. On the removable drive, right click your new file and choose to rename it. Add the date to the end of the file name and save. Now the next time you backup, add the date to that file name, as well. This gives you a comprehensive backup, where you can go and restore any document or file to a previous date if needed.

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Flash Drives

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Kevin wants to know is you really need to click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in Windows when you want to remove a portable flash drive?


Windows sees the portable thumb drive as an actual drive. If you take the drive out while it’s in the middle of a read/write operation,. It could actually damage the data on the disk. You could end up the errors and the operating system may not be able to read any of the data on it.

Also keep in mind that flash drives have a shelf life. While they’re solid state, data can only be written to and read from so many times before it no longer functions the way it was intended to.

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