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Options for Backing Up Your Computer Files

Geek Squad's Jeff Clemons explains how to back up your important computer documents.

There are several methods you can use when backing up your files on a regular basis:

Software with Back-up Capabilities: This basic method of computer back up is easy to use on a daily basis. It helps you retrieve information you've inadvertently deleted when your PC freezes, resulting in the loss of a file. Genie Backup Manager Pro 8.0 and Second Copy 7 are two popular back-up software packages.

External devices: Similar to the old floppy disc, external storage devices include CD/DVDs, external hard drives and USB flash drives. External hard drives are available in dozens of different storage sizes and plug into your computer via a USB cable. Flash drives and CD/DVDs are also a popular, easy and quick way to back up data but you'll have to be selective, as they likely won't hold everything on your computer.

Online Back-up Services: Storing important files offsite requires no investment in additional hardware. These services vary from vendor to vendor (some include Filevault, Evault, Ibackup or even Geek Squad's own service), but you can usually install software on your computer that will back up certain folders at set intervals: hourly, daily or weekly.

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