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26. Backing Up Your Data

Wallace Wang

(1)San Diego, California, USA

Computers are like cars because they only work if you properly maintain them. While it’s nice to think that your computer will just work all the time whenever you need it, the reality is that your computer may eventually fail if you don’t take care of it. Perhaps the most important way to maintain your computer and all your critical data is to maintain your hard disk.

Older computers have physical hard disks, while newer models use solid-state drives that act like USB flash drives in that they have no moving parts. While solid-state drives are much faster than mechanical hard drives, ...

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