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Most hard drives and flash drives are measured in gigabytes (GB) and terabytes (TB). When comparing drives, remember that 1 TB equals 1,000 GB, and use this chart below to see how many files can be saved.* Use this chart below to see how many files can be saved.*
500 GB 1 TB 2 TB 3 TB 4 TB
Music (hours)* 8,000 16,500 33,000 50,000 66,000
Photos (files)* 160,000 320,500 640,000 960,000 1,280,000
Video (hours)* 500 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000
HD Movies 125 250 500 750 1,000
*All storage quantities are approximate and will differ depending on actual file sizes.

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More information

There's enough information about backing up, encrypting and protecting data to fill several books. These frequently asked questions, glossary of terms and featured articles will help you learn everything you should need to know to keep your data secure.
  • FAQs
  • GLOSSARY
  • ARTICLES

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I have devices with different operating systems – is there a solution that works across these varying platforms?

    When you're working across multiple devices that run on different operating systems like iOS and Android, a wireless device is your best option. No Internet connection, cables, or router is needed, plus you can connect to as many as 8 devices.

  • I have a lot of music and video files. How large should my storage device be?

    A good rule of thumb is to double your storage capacity based on the size of your data. This will allow you to store your current data as well as any files you may want down the road without taking up precious space on your device.

  • Do I need a separate storage device for every PC/laptop, tablet, and mobile phone I own, or will one work across all of these?

    Wireless storage options would be a perfect fit for you. You can connect up to 8 devices, and you won't have to plug them all in to do it. Keep in mind the amount and type of data you have stored on your various devices. This will determine the capacity you should purchase: 64GB, 1TB, 2TB, etc.

  • How often should I backup my data?

    It's important to get in the habit of backing up your data on regular basis. If you work on your computer daily, for example, then you should back up your files daily as well.

  • How long does it take to backup my data? Is there a way to automate it?

    The length of time to back up depends on a couple factors:

    • How much data do you have to back up?
    • What types of data do you need to back up (Word documents versus video files)?
    • What storage device are you using for your back up?

    There are backup software options available that allow you to automate your backups – eliminating the need to manually back up. Western Digital, for example, includes this with most of their external hard drives.

  • I just lost my files. Can they be recovered?

    In the event you don't have a recent backup of your files that you can work from, bring your hard drive or device to your Staples store, and one of our EasyTech associates will assess if your data can be recovered.

Glossary

External Hard Drives

The most common type of backup drive, these devices provide a separate location for your data to live, and often include their own data encryption and backup scheduling software. Shop External Hard Drives

Internal Hard Drives

If your computer's running low on space, a larger internal hard drive can add room for more files. You will need a way to store or transfer your files from your old drive to the new one, though. Shop Internal Hard Drives


Network Attached Storage

These drives work like an external hard drive, but allow access from any device on your local network. This means more flexibility and more opportunities to organize all your files in one place. Shop Network Attached Storage

Solid State Hard Drives

A growing trend in hard drive technology, solid state drives include fewer moving parts than drives with spinning disks. Fewer parts mean these drivers are quieter, cooler and more portable. Shop Solid State Hard Drives


Flash Memory

Flash memory cards like SD and Micro SD cards offer storage space with an incredibly small profile. You still get several gigabytes of storage at a perfect size for mobile devices. Shop Flash Memory

USB Drives

Small and easy to carry, USB drives provide several gigabytes of storage that you can take with you and access anywhere, as long as you have a USB port or an adapter for your device. Shop USB Drives

Articles

The Ultimate Home & Office Guide to Data Backup

You've heard it dozens of times: "Don't forget to back up your data." Backing up your information can prevent data loss in the event of hard drive and/or device failure, theft or damage, giving you a little extra peace of mind. It's also easier than you might think.

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What Do We Mean by Data Backup and Recovery?

You spill coffee on your laptop or your smartphone falls in the toilet. You try, but you can't access any of your information. That night, you toss and turn, mulling over how much you've just lost: files, contacts, family photos, research, financial data, passwords and so on.

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