Easier Computer Backup

If you don't back up your computer routinely, you're not alone. A just-released Consumer Reports survey shows about half of those surveyed don't routinely back up their files.

And just over 10 Percent of U.S. households have lost important data in the past year because of it. Consumer Reports can help you avoid disaster.

Consumer Reports Rich Fisco just checked out several backup systems and there's good news.

"A couple of backup drives we tested are easier to use," said Fisco. "With just a couple of click you can get all of your backup chores done."

For example-the ClickFree automatic backup drive.

Here's how it works.

"You plug the drive into the computer. The drive gets recognized by the PC," said Fisco.

It doesn't take long before the ClickFree drive searches for files and automatically backs up photos, music, e-mail files, text documents, and other key files.

Consumer Reports also evaluated network hard drives.

With these, you need to be a little more tech savvy.

First, you plug the network cable into a router, then install the software to each computer.

A pop-up screen walks you through the install.

So with today's systems, it's never been easier to back up your computer.

The 120-gigabyte ClickFree Portable Backup Drive costs $90.

Consumer Reports also looked at another type of drive that backs up everything on your computer.

It's the 160-gigabyte Rebit Drive for $136.

Just like the ClickFree, it backs up automatically.

Consumer Reports says whichever backup drive you get, be sure you're getting enough storage space.

A good rule of thumb, get at least as much as your computer hard drive.

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