Happy Friday folks! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well! For
those who are new subscribers to the newsletter, welcome!
Now before I start off on this week's topic, I wanted to let you know
that each week I receive several dozen e-mails from members requesting
that their questions be presented in the Community newsletter.
However, as much as I'd like to present them all, I can only focus on
one question a week. So for those urgent questions, my best
recommendation is to post your question in the CNET forums.
We have hundreds of helpful and knowledgeable community
members and volunteer moderators who spend time to give
advice and help you with your problems. These forums were created
for you to share your knowledge by helping one another. So give
the CNET forums a try. Now, let's tackle Cecil's question if memory
cards are a good media to back up your data.
Cecil, regardless of what backup media type you use, I'm just glad to
see that you are diligent about backing up your data. Now as far as
which is the best media type to use for backup, if the media that
you use works and has enough space for your data, then I'd keep
at it. Sure, some media types are better than others, but as many
members pointed out, any type of media whether it's memory cards,
CDR/DVDRs, or hard drives, are all susceptible to failures. And
believe me, it will happen! The most important thing here is that
regardless of what media you use, you should back up your data multiple
times in the event that your first backup fails. Sure it may be a
hassle and extra work, but remember it only takes one bad event to
lose your data, and we'd all hate to see you learn the hard way. So a
little time spent doing an extra backup in event of a catastrophic
failure would be your worth your while. Give all our member
suggestions a read, and I'm sure you'll get an idea of what's best for you.
And if any of you have any additional advice to add to this week's topic,
come on and join in the conversation! Have a great weekend
Q: Are memory cards a good media to back up your data on? A question about "backup media"...I've been pretty diligent about
making regular backups of all data files on my computers for
years. Years ago, I used tape, then zip drives, and for quite
awhile now I've been backing up onto DVDs. Lately I've begun a new
trend (at least new for me). Since the price of SDHC memory cards
seems to be reasonable and both my computers have slots for these
cards, I've been backing up onto them for a while now. A 16G card
can hold a lot more data than the DVDs.
My question is this: are these memory cards more vulnerable to
damage or data loss than DVDs? Is there anything I've missed, or
is this an OK process? Also are there any pros and cons to using
memory cards as backup media? Your advice will be greatly
Q: What are the pros and cons of Web-based e-mail systems?
Hi Lee & friends, I really appreciate the advice and opinions that you
share with us in the Topic of the Week. Here's a question on which I'd
appreciate some advice: What are the pros and cons of using a
Web-based e-mail system such as Gmail instead of a system where I use a
mail client such as Outlook and my e-mails are stored on my computer?
I currently use Outlook, but find that the Webmail app provided by my
ISP is very unreliable and slow. So accessing my mail when I'm away
from home is not easy. (I'm not into iPhones, iPads, etc.) Presumably,
using a Web-based system would mean I don't have to worry about
backing up my e-mails any more.
The wisdom of community members on this issue would be very welcome. Thanks.