Back Up Your Writing Files and Safeguard Your Business

"Not enough disk space...." The day you see that message pop onto your computer screen while you're trying to save a simple Word document and you're gonna kick yourself for being a procrastinating fool. But data loss gets even worse than that--sudden system crashes, physical damage, and careless errors can cost you money in hand and client confidence. Why?! When simple solutions are so close and so inexpensive...

Flash Drives

Aka, pen drives, key drives, thumb drives and the like, these portable little data sticks are perfect for hauling around a rather sizeable chunk of data. USB Flash drives make quick use of file sharing and taking work on the road. But they can degrade or become unreadable over time or when corrupted by the environment, or some crud in the bottom of your laptop bag. It's a wise move to purchase a storage case for your flash drives and keep the USB ends capped for protection. In the long-run don't use flash drives to save your really important stuff. Instead, an external hard-drive is recommended.

Sandisk, Kingston, Memorex, and Lexar are just a few of the name brands you'll see on USB flash drives.You can find these little backups packing between 1 and 64 GBs and priced between $10 and $200.

External Hard Drives

When you need a bigger workhorse or simply want to build a more reliable data backup system, then an external hard drive is the way to go. You'll drop a bigger dime, but you get

many Gigs worth of space to grow into. Most are compatible with Mac and PC (but check the package before you buy), offer plug and play functionality, and are design-wise as snazzy as a European sports car. In the old days--a mere couple decades ago--a hard-drive like this was a big clunky piece of machine hardware, clearly more resembling guts of the primitive PC cavity from where it would have looked yanked.

Ah, but today's external hard drives are small, sleek and lightweight. Aerodynamic, even.They can easily be stowed to carry in a laptop bag or a purse. Disk size ranges from 20 GB to monster 750 GB models.

Popular brands include Western Digital, Toshiba, Seagate, Iomega, and SimpleTech.

Expect to spend between $75 and $200 for a decent hard-drive.

How Much Backup Do You Need?

Depends on what kind of data you'll be saving. Hundreds of Word documents may only require 200 Megabytes or less. But start loading in multimedia files, like music, video, and photos and your data demands will exponentially skyrocket.

Click on the storefront below. Under "Browse By Category" you'll find "Data Backup Gadgets," a hand-picked assortment of flash drives and external portable hard-drives suitable for working web copywriters, in a range of drive sizes and price points.