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Backups and storage

As you start to work with graphics, you quickly find that you need a way to store all the large files that you generate. This is particularly important if you're going to work on a large site or on multiple sites. The hard drive of your computer starts to clutter up with pictures, Photoshop documents, and old versions of pages. The answer to the clutter is to have a plan for handling the files in the short term and a plan for storing the files on a more long‐term basis.

If you need extra space for handling files, consider an external hard drive. Shop around; you can get hundreds of spare gigabytes for a good price. If you're planning to do work for clients, consider buying different types of readers, such as a Zip drive and/or a floppy disk drive. While these formats aren't as popular as they used to be, plenty of people still use them. It can be a great convenience to your customers if you're equipped to handle a wider variety of media. If you're working with video, your storage needs are much more robust.


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