Easy Computer Backups

May 30, 2009 5:22:24 PM PDT
At the office, Wensley McKenney routinely backs up his computer data. "We back up on site and off site every single night." said Wensley McKenney

However, he didn't take the same steps at home and is now paying the price.

Wensley McKenney said, "I lost pictures. I lost all kinds of contacts out of outlook."

Kish Melwani, a computer repair technician, is all too familiar with this scenario, "People don't learn until it actually happens to them and how serious it is."

Consumer reports' Rich Fisco just checked out several backup systems and there's good news.

"Rich Fisco with Consumer Reports said, "A couple of backup drives we tested are easier to use. With just a couple of clicks you can get all of your back up chores done."

For example, the "Click Free" automatic backup drive. Here's how it works:

Rich Fisco said, "You plug the drive into the computer. The drive gets recognized by the pc."

It doesn't take long before the click free drive searches for files and automatically backs up photos, music, email files, text documents, and other key files.

Consumer reports also evaluated network hard drives. With these you need to be a little more tech savvy.

First you plug the network cable into a router, and then install the software to each computer. A pop up screen walks you through the install.

So with today's systems, it's never been easier to back up your computer.

And as Wensley McKenney knows, it's well worth it.

Wensley McKenney said, "You don't know how much you need the data until it's gone."

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