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External Storage Devices Is a Part of Your Life

May 29, 2008
External storage devices offer a wide range of solutions to problems facing those who choose to participate in the advances of this age of information. Information! We are constantly inundated by information these days. It forms the basis of our existence both social and professional. It streams to us from all angles. When we step back from this constant inundation for a second we must ask; 'What do we do with all this information?'

How you process your information is beyond the scope of this article! But what I will offer here are methods to keep your information ordered, accessible, and safe so that you can work with it under the best possible circumstances.

An external hard drive is a storage system for your computer data. Often taking the form of a compact box, they are connected to a computer via a cable (probably USB or firewire) and have the capability of storing anything from 1 Gigabyte to 1 Terabyte of information. If you have utilized an external storage device you probably find it useful under many circumstances.

Backup
Storing your information on an external hard drive solves several problems. First of all it eliminates the possibility of losing your data in the event of your computer crashing be it due to a virus attack or mechanical malfunction. It is common practice for individuals involved in IT to create a copy of the entire extent of their data onto an external drive. This saves them from the disastrous possibility of losing all their work and therefore their profits if their system crashes. Storing to an external hard drive means that the data physically exists outside of your computer system so if you find your computer in an inoperable state the external drive can be plugged into another computer to retrieve your data. This brings us to another feature of external drives which is that of transferability. Through external drives it is possible to access your data on other computers which is great for easily transferring your data to work colleagues or a friend computer.

Protection
If you have sensitive information you can store it on a hard disk which will prevent it from being accessible to hackers over the internet. Simply store your important data on the external drive, wipe it from your main system and then unplug the external drive. This way it is impossible for your data to be accessed by would be thieves over the internet.

Extra Space
If you've downloaded too many big files (movies, music etc.) and find your computer running out of space and consequently slowing down, store your data on the external drive to free up disk space on your computer. Not only does this free up space and speed up your computer but it can also allow you to organize your data. For example you could have one external drive for Music, one for business data, one for personal data and so on.

Owning an external storage device is very useful in many ways. In the years to come it will become almost inevitable for anyone to escape the invasion of external storage devices, they are now in the form of keychains. You can use a small 8GB USB drive to store a large amount of data. You can simply bring your office work home and easily carry it on a keychain. School kids can have homework assignments given to them on a keychain using an external storage device, allowing students to abandon their bulky backpacks and school books. Imagine go to your local video rental store and picking the latest movie release on an external storage device. The use for external storage devices is endless. However you spin it, one thing is for certain "external storage devices" will be a part of your life!
About the Author
Ant Onaf is a content producer in association with RemoteGurus.com (http://www.remotegurus.com) a freelance job board for freelance programmers, writers, web developers, etc. He is also associated with Rooket.com (http://www.rooket.com) an online discount retailer who sells 500GB external hard drives .
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