I have always used CD's or DVD's to backup my files on the computer, but I have always wanted to try backing up with a USB flash drive.
I take a lot of pictures for my business and also have tons of data that I need to save both for business and personal use on my computer. I sometimes get lax on backing up this information in a timely matter and after having trouble starting my computer a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about my hard drive crashing and all those files that could potentially be lost. I decided it might be time to look into buying a flash drive to make it easier to do my backups.
I was able to pick up this Kingston 4GB Data Traveler for a very affordable price of only $9.99 with free shipping at Buy.com.
The Kingston Data Traveler is very small, less than the size of a lighter, so I'm going to have to be real careful not to loose it. It does have a swivel cap, but it should have been designed with some type of a stop on it, because it swivels back and forth with no effort, and this means that if you put it in your pocket or purse, it would probably accidentally swivel and thus no longer be protecting the USB. It does have two holes at the top of the swivel cap that you can use to clip on a lanyard, to help protect the device from getting lost.
I was amazed how easy it was to copy my files to the DataTraveler. I just placed it into the USB port on the front of my computer, opened up the drive under my computer, opened up the documents I wanted to transfer, shrunk both windows so that I could click and drag right to the USB icon. A lot less hassle than burning to a CD!
Now that it is so simple to use this new device, I know I will remember to backup my files as soon as I add them. And if my computer ever does crash, I will be able to easily move the files to another computer or recover the files, once my computer is repaired.
It works with any device with a USB port - even cross-platform from Macintosh to PC and vice versa.