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Geek Tip: Get an External Hard Drive Before Heading Back to School

You should know by now how important backing up data can be. This is especially true when you're heading off to school or moving to a new place. Not only can your external hard drive act as a backup for all your school work, term papers, exam notes, and the like, but it can be a lifesaver if something ever happens to your laptop.

Dorm parties and continual transportation to and from class can leave your machine vulnerable to theft and accidents. You can back up your important docs, music, and photos to something like this LaCie Rikiki Go ($90-$150) external drive, which can hold up to 500GB or 1TB of data, comes with an integrated USB cable, has a sturdy and rugged aluminum exterior. Plus, it's small enough to store safely in the tiniest of living quarters and not stick out like a sore thumb. But if you're short on space (or cash), there are a few other ways you can back up and store your important data. Find out how after the break.

  1. With a Flash Drive: If you have a small amount of data you want to keep safe, throw it on an ultraportable flash drive. Just remember where you put it — those things are easy to lose!
  2. Online — Sites like Mozy and DropBox offer a safe and secure place online to store your confidential documents, or you could just start computing in the cloud a la Google Docs.
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