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4 Ways to Back Up Your Music

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If you don’t know how to back up music files on a regular basis, you’re not alone. Although 90 percent of internet users said that they would be greatly inconvenienced if they lost beloved computer files, only 6 percent do anything about it.

Your computer is not invincible. Whether you lose data from hardware failure, human error or software corruption (the top three risk factors), the day will come when you have a hankering for bootleg Led Zeppelin and it’s up in smoke, never to be retrieved again.

Daily backup is what we’re talking about. Each decade of your life has a musical imprint that makes up the "original iTunes." Here are some ways to safeguard the songs that evoke an era in an instant.

1. External hard drives: This portable storage device gives you the freedom to back up more than one computer. It’s user-friendly and you can get 1 Terabyte (about 250,000 or more songs) for way less than you paid for your 8-track collection. However, external hard drives, like the hard drive on your computer, can crash; you may also lose the device as it’s quite sleek and inconspicuous these days.

2. CDs/DVDs: This is another convenient and popular backup option for digital files. If you have the time, you can burn your entire collection to discs and keep them in a safe place. The challenge with this method is that they can get scratched easily, and it’s kind of like taking a step back, frankly. A major advantage to owning digital files is that they create less disorder, backing them up on CDs defeats this move toward a clutter-free existence.

3. USB device: Although these little babies have smaller storage capacity than external hard drives, they’re still a decent solution for backing up media files. If your collection is modest, 2GB should be just fine. However, don’t lose track of where you put the device itself. Common problems with this option are software corruption, driver issues, limited capacity and perhaps your dog snapping it in two with his teeth.

4. The Cloud: Using online remote backup is the best and most progressive way to protect your music library. It’s an "anywhere," tether-free system that does most of the work for you. You can get the storage capacity to fit your needs and there are many other benefits with this option:

About 10GB should work well for the average collection. Look for the following specs in an online storage service:

Digital living is a dream. It can also be a nightmare if all your memories and precious lyrics dissolve in an instant. Fortunately, online storage backup solutions are straightforward and seamless. You can literally back up years of music montages in a few minutes by pointing and clicking. Protect the songs that have kept you sane all these years and keep building your lyrical legacy.

By Joy Keller

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