Here are 4 simple ways to backup your music (and prevent headaches down the road):
1. Use External hard drives
This portable storage device gives you the freedom to back up more than one computer. It’s user-friendly and you can get 1 Terabyte (about 250,000 or more songs) for way less than you paid for your 8-track collection. However, external hard drives, like the hard drive on your computer, can crash; you may also lose the device as it’s quite sleek and inconspicuous these days.
This is another convenient and popular backup option for digital files. If you have the time, you can burn your entire collection to discs and keep them in a safe place. The challenge with this method is that they can get scratched easily, and it’s kind of like taking a step back, frankly. A major advantage to owning digital files is that they create less disorder, backing them up on CDs defeats this move toward a clutter-free existence.
3. Use USB devices
Although these little babies have smaller storage capacity than external hard drives, they’re still a decent solution for backing up media files. If your collection is modest, 2GB should be just fine. However, don’t lose track of where you put the device itself. Common problems with this option are software corruption, driver issues, limited capacity and perhaps your dog snapping it in two with his teeth.
4. Use the Cloud
Using online remote backup is the best and most progressive way to protect your music library. It’s an “anywhere,” tether-free system that does most of the work for you. You can get the storage capacity to fit your needs and there are many other benefits with this option:
It automatically backs up your files for you
You can access the files from any computer
It enables you to send file-sharing links (instead of hefty email attachments)
It frees up memory on your hard drive for other files
Your music library’s capacity potential increases exponentially
About 10GB should work well for the average collection. Look for the following specs in an online storage service:
Multiple layers of security
Automatic integration with antivirus software
Blocks viruses, Trojans, spyware, rootkits and other threats
Prevents malicious programs from changing your security settings