Safe and safer
Last week my laptop was stolen. When this happens, more serious than the physical equipment loss, is the risk of losing precious data, especially photos. Fortunately my stuff is backed up in two locations, so that won’t be a problem. My hard drive is also encrypted and will automatically erase when it next connects to the Internet, so no-one is going to read my emails or enjoy my obscure music collection. This whole thing was another reminder of how important it is to have automatic backups to an offsite location and a portable drive that lives with you, neither of which you should be sparing any expense on.
An external hard drive is a good place to keep a backup set – although it should never be the only location. External hard drives are plentiful and cheap, but they also tend to fail, leading to data loss. So it’s worth spending a little more on a
quality product like Value for money: the WD My Passport Ultra, which also includes software for automating cloud backups to Dropbox.
The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the smallest
Also consider: external hard drives on the market and also includes a carry pouch, making it highly portable. The casing of the hard drive has been designed for added dust and shock resistance over and above the technical resistance of the contained drive itself. It’s a pretty robust unit, as conventional hard drives go.
The drive connects using a USB 3 cable, which makes for super-fast copying speeds and means that you won’t have to wait forever for files to transfer and backups to complete. It will also work with older, slower USB ports. The drive is also powered via the USB cable so you don’t need an extra adapter or cable for power.
Included in the box is the WD Smartware Pro software package that automates backups and makes it easy to restore resto lost files. The software also facilitates facil backing up your files to cloud storage service Dropbox so that copies of all your important files are securely s stored online. With this co combination, you cover the twotwo-location rule for backups. Th The MyPassport Ultra is availabl available in sizes from 500GB to 2TB. It’s way more rugged than most hard d drives and super portable. The real bonu bonus, however, is the included software – especially for Windows users who need something extra for solid backups. Integrating with Dropbox is great and it’s all petty easy to set up, even for the less enthusiastic.