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Project: Creating a “Briefcase Backup” DVD

Next, I'll record what I like to call a Briefcase Backup (if you've read other books I've written, you'll probably recognize the term). A Briefcase Backup is a disc that you record to augment your laptop's hard drive; for example, when I travel, I store all of the data I'll need (including things such as PowerPoint presentations, Excel worksheets, books in PDF format, and digital video samples) on a CD-RW disc. (I could do the same thing with a DVD+RW disc, but I don't need to haul around that much data yet!) A Briefcase Backup has a number of advantages for the road warrior:

  • Most laptops (especially older models) have smaller hard drives—rather than use up that valuable space, you can store 700 MB of your traveling data on a disc instead.

  • In case of a damaged or lost notebook, you still have a backup if you carry the disc in your luggage.

  • If you need to transfer that data to a client's PC, there are no silly cables or network cards needed; you can load the disc in any PC with the proper drive.


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