Regardless of what you’re storing on your computer’s hard drives, data flexibility is generally a very good thing. The more freedom you have to back up, transfer, and share files, the better, which is why modern operating systems are designed to move and back up data with ease.
The benefits of data backup have been well established; if you’re not backing up your computer, you’re doing something wrong. All hard drives eventually fail, so computer experts generally recommend backup on a weekly basis (or even more frequently for computers that save valuable information frequently). Modern backup systems include web-based backup, external hard drives, and on the business end, high end data tape and RAID systems.
Of course, data needs to be transferable, too, especially for computer owners with more than one PC. Anyone who occasionally uses their home computer to work on projects for the office needs a way to transfer data easily, for instance. Flash hard drives and external hard drives are popular choices for data transfer, but as many companies are somewhat concerned with data security, these devices are banned from many offices. Cloud storage (basically, Internet-based documents and file storage systems) are catching on, as they offer low-cost, very safe file transfer.
Cloud storage is also a valuable technology for file sharing, as it is, by nature, both a “transfer” and a “sharing” technology. However, many companies prefer to keep all documents internal, allowing file sharing through company networks but not via other methods. File sharing ease is a cornerstone of many enterprise-level storage systems and servers, and PCs are capable of sharing files at blazing speeds, especially on a home or work network.
It’s important to think about your current computer system, and consider whether you’ve got a convenient way to back up, transfer, and share your files. Whether you use your computer for business or pleasure, data flexibility can be extremely important and can directly impact the usability of your PC. A well-rounded approach to your system’s data needs will make it easier (and less frustrating) to use your computer, regardless of how powerful your computer is or what types of files that you work with on a day to day basis.
About the author: James Mowery is a computer geek that writes about technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to laptop computers.