I will state upfront that I think external hard drives are potential life savers. And this is coming from a non-computer savvy gal. I don’t know much about the inner workings of anything technological, but I do know that my external hard drive is holding all my important files as backup, in case my laptop crashes.
A couple years ago, before my handy-dandy extra hard drive, my laptop crashed, and I lost all my pictures, my music, my iPod music, and other saved documents. Not my happiest day. In fact, I was in quite a panic. There was nothing my husband and I could do to retrieve all the files. Luckily, though, most of my pictures were on an online account, as well as Facebook, and most of my iPod music was on my husband’s laptop. However, there was the complete loss of some iTunes songs (Grr, I paid for those!), all the saved documents, and even some pictures.
That’s when my husband convinced me to buy an external hard drive for my new laptop. We promptly took our butts to the nearest Best Buy and bought one. Once again, I admit that I am no technology buff, but I remember that the hard drive I bought was called a My Book. I looked online and found one that very well could be the external hard drive that I own. Visit here to take a look. Amazon customers rate this My Book as a 4 (out of 5) star, and it cost just over $150. If I remember correctly, that is about what I paid for mine, as well.
I have nothing bad to say about my external hard drive! Of course I only use it to store my pictures, music, iTunes, important documents, and large programs. I don’t keep it connected to my laptop, which is what I’ve recently discovered that other people sometimes do. My lack of technology smarts shines through!
I don’t delete any of my pictures from my camera until they have been transferred to my My Book. This ensures me that if my laptop were to crash again, I still have my all my pictures. I keep all my iTunes stuff, as well as any important documents on the external hard drive as well. Not only does this provide a safe house for my pictures and whatnot, but it also keeps my laptop less cluttered, which in turn keeps it running quicker.
True, $150 can seem like a lot. But it can help you in the long run. Think of it as an insurance (a one-time deductible, no monthly payment, no coverage denied insurance). I would definitely recommend buying an external hard drive if you keep important files on your laptop!