Best backup options for your computer

If you don't back up the data on your computer, you need to start right now, as in today. Stop everything you're doing and come up with a backup plan before doing anything. I am being serious. I have had numerous hard drives crash on me over the past decade, and each time, it took almost a full week to recover. I don't want the same thing to happen to you.
Here are some ways I have backed up data in the past. Hopefully they will help you come up with your own backup plan.

Cloud based backup services1. Backup to a flash drive or read-write CD.
This is a great option if you only have a small number of crucial files. Create a folder where you put all your crucial files, and then simply drag that folder to your backup device at least once a week. Put the backup onto your calendar so you don't forget. If you use Outlook's calendar, this is easy enough to set up. I prefer using a flash drive, but a rewritable CD works just as well.

2. Backup to a second hard drive.
External hard drives are probably the best option since they are the easiest to set up. A backup hard drive will give you plenty of space, so you will be able to back up quite a bit of data.

3. Use a backup service like Carbonite.
If you use a high-end security program such as Norton, you might already have a backup program you can use. In other cases, I recommend using a service such as Carbonite, which is reasonably priced and automates the backup process for you. Although relatively cheap, costing only $59 per year, you might still want to use a Carbonite free trial first to make sure the product works the way you want. You can get the free trial at this link -

Whatever option you choose, the important thing is to get into the habit of backing up your computer data for the inevitable disaster which will happen at one point or another. If you don't have the discipline to back up data on your own, use a cloud-based backup service like Carbonite.