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Chapter 20. Online Backup and Storage > Backing Up Your Computer—Online

Backing Up Your Computer—Online

The most practical use of online file hosting is to store backup copies of your PC’s most critical data files. All computer users know that they should regularly back up the data files from their computers, but few do. Backing up is an annoyance at best, and a major league hassle at worst—especially if you’re trying to back up hundreds of megabytes of data onto 1.2MB diskettes. Higher-capacity Zip drives and CD-R/RW burners make it easier to back up large amounts of data, but it’s still pretty much a manual procedure that takes up more time and effort than most users are willing to expend.

The problem is, of course, that if you don’t back up your data, you’re in big trouble if you have major system troubles. If your hard disk crashes, all your data is lost—and if you haven’t created backups of all those files, there is no way to recover from that disaster. If you had backups, however, you could simply copy the backup files to a new hard disk, and be up and running again with minimal effort.


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