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SyncBack on KING5 TV

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SyncBack on KING5 TV

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SyncBack was recently mentioned on KING5 TV based in Seattle, Washington.

KING5 is part of Below Corp., one of the largest media companies in the US:

'Create your own digital shoe box'

Mike Goldfein reports from the Belo Washington bureau.

If you think about all the important information we keep on our computers, it can be a bit unsettling. What happens to your photos, music and financial data if your hard drive stops working? Here's how to play it safe.

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In many families, computer hard drives are the modern day lockbox. Just think of all the priceless and irreplaceable things we store on these spinning platters. Your music collection: MP3s purchased online, worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Family photos. Now, in the old film days, we kept pictures tucked away in shoe boxes. But now, digital photos are stored on computer hard drives. And then there are your letters, financial information, tax returns. Yikes!

Hard drives have a failure rate well under 1 percent, but it grows geometrically as they age. Eventually you, or someone you know, will have one crash and burn ? metaphorically speaking, of course.

So, here's how to play it safe. First, buy an external hard drive. They come in all sizes and prices, but a 200-gigabyte model is enough for most people, and will run about $200.

They plug in using USB or FireWire connections.

Now, most come with backup software, or you can use a really good free program called SyncBack, at

You don't have to back up your entire hard drive. Just pick the important files, and schedule it to run once each day. Also, to be really safe, copy those important files, like photos and documents, to a DVD or CD. Then give a copy to a close relative, or store them in a safe-deposit box.

If it sounds like overkill, it isn't. All technology eventually fails. It's not a matter of if, but when.'

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