Any computer user should know that backing up your data is an essential thing to do, as a failsafe against computer crashes, memory wipes, or viruses. If your computer somehow becomes corrupted or compromised by a virus or a mechanical failure, it is possible to access all of your data from where it is backed up. Using hard drives to back up your computer's data is a great way to make sure that no matter what happens to your computer, all of your files and programs can still be accessed from that hard drive.
External Hard Drive Reviews
Knowing what type and which brand of external hard drive you should buy is not a clear cut decision. There are many products available with different features across a broad spectrum of prices, and figuring out which one is the best can take some research. Thankfully, these reviews and round ups examine a number of different types of external hard drives, as well as a large number of specific hard drives ideal for backing up data.
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- Top Portable External Hard Drives for Mac
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- Samsung G2 External Hard Drive Review
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Hard Drive Partitioning Guides
Partitioning a hard drive is a good idea if you want to allocate memory to certain categories of files, and can be a great way to organize your backup hard drives. These articles will walk you through how to partition a hard drive, and the best software available for external and internal hard drives.
- How to Create a Partition on an External Hard Drive
- How to Partition a Hard Disk in Windows 7
- Top 5 Partition Programs for External Hard Drives
- How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows Vista
- How to Delete Partitions in Windows Vista
- Creating Hard Drive Partition in Windows XP
External Hard Drive Formatting Tips
Formatting a hard drive refers to wiping away all of the files stored on the drive so that it can essentially work as good as new. Wiping an older hard drive that has stored data on it for a while is a great idea because it will allow the hard drive and any computers connected to the drive to work much faster than before.
- How to Reformat a Hard Drive
- How to Reformat a SSD in Windows 7
- Why Can't I Reformat my External Hard Drive?
- How to Format a Hard Drive with the NTFS File Format
- How to Install an Unformatted Hard Drive
- The Best Ways to Erase a Hard Drive
Recovering Hard Drive Data
Unfortunately, hard drives used to back up data can sometimes become corrupted, and the data is erased or otherwise unusable. Thankfully, even if the hard drive has become corrupted, it can still be used once you reformat the drive. But what about the data that was on the disk? Can you still access it even after the disk has been wiped? In fact, you can, and these articles can help walk you through the process of data recovery in external hard drives, and set up recovery drives to back up your data.
- Top 7 Free Backup Programs for Windows 7
- How to Recover Data from an External USB Hard Drive
- How to Perform an External Hard Drive File Recovery
- Data Recovery Tips After a Computer Crash
- How to Create a Windows Vista Recovery Disk
- How to Create a Bootable Recovery Disk in Windows 7
- How to Create a Recovery and Utility Disk
- How to Recover Programs from Crash External Hard Drives
Hard Drive Installation Guides
After you have purchased a hard drive, you then have to install it to the computer that you are going to use it with to back up data and files. Adding a new hard drive is not overly complicated, but it is important to know what you are doing to avoid the risk of ruining the computer or hard drive through faulty installation.
- How to Install a Hard Drive
- How to Install a Second Hard Drive on Your Computer
- How to Add a New Hard Drive in Windows XP
- Performance Testing – Install SATA Hard Drives Internally or Externally?
- How to Install a SATA Hard Drive
- How to Add an External Hard Drive to Time Machine on a Mac
- How to Install an Unformated Hard Drive in Windows Vista/7
Always Back Up on a Hard Drive
These guides contain valuable information regarding how to back up your data on hard drives, and hopefully convinced you that a hard drive is the best place to store your data. With all of your important files saved on an external drive, there is very little risk that your information will ever be lost.
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