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Thumb drives are one of the worst ways to store files – Here’s why and what to use instead

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How many thumb drives do you have sitting around? You might call them USB drives or jump drives. They’re the little ones that are so very easy to lose.

We hear from readers all the time who are still storing important documents, photos and videos on thumb drives. What happens if you squirrel that drive away somewhere and can’t find it? That’s right. Those files are gone, too.

Don’t take the chance. Most online backup services allow you to store almost anything, but people often wonder what specific programs need to be backed up and which ones don’t. Should you backup certain software programs as well? We turned to our sponsor, IDrive, for some insight. Tap or click here for 50% off your first year with IDrive services.

What data should be backed up?

First and foremost, you should only be backing up select files. Not your entire system.

Just remember this: if it can’t be replaced, it needs to be backed up. This means backing up important documents, spreadsheets, photos, and videos. This includes anything you may have purchased, such as music, movies and other forms of entertainment.

You also need to consider the files you create, edit and access that may play a key role in getting your job done. For example, if you do creative work, like programming, video editing or photography, it’s crucial you backup these files — especially any projects in progress.

The bottom line: no matter how big or small, backup the files that matter to you. Whether it’s important personal data like family pictures, settings for a critical application or even saved games, be sure you have them protected.

Any installed programs and files weaved into the operating system (OS) don’t usually need to be backed up. That’s because most of those files aren’t likely to change and can be reinstalled if need be. Moreover, it’s worth noting that software programs rarely work correctly when restored from a backup.

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Use the IDrive App to access backed-up data that’s saved from your computer and download your documents, photos and videos onto any mobile device in a cinch.

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