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Back Up Your Finals and Midterms to the Cloud

In today’s fast-paced world, you can be sure that most universities have gone digital. As a result, more students are saving their important papers on their computers and external hard drives. However, from what I’ve seen, that’s about as far as most students go to safeguard their work. With so many hours (and lost sleep) going into these papers, it is essential to make sure you have it backed up in the cloud, because there would be nothing worse than losing all of your hard work due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.

If you only save your work on a hard drive, once your computer or hard drive goes to its final resting place, there is no retrieving that work. It is lost forever, and you just wasted weeks (if not months) of your life.

Using the cloud, all of the “blood, sweat, and tears” (especially tears), that you toiled away for hours using up on that research paper, will be secured. You will never have to worry about computer crashes or hard drive failures, because the cloud always has your back.

When you go to the cloud to get that important paper, it will always be there.  I see students work extremely hard on research papers, and I know that most of the time they just save it to a laptop hard drive.  But, ask yourself this: What would you do if your laptop didn’t boot up the next time you hit that power button? Think it will never happen to you?

Don’t get me wrong, computers are very dependable, but, why take a risk with something you’ve put so much effort into? Don’t realize too late that saving to your computer or an external hard drive was a mistake.  Use virtual storage from the start and be stress-free, knowing that when you need your work, it will be there for you.

Luckily, Norton offers an easy way to back up to the cloud, with Norton Backup. First time users can simply select what they want to back up. By default, your contacts, financial files, photos, email, Internet favorites, and office documents are selected. You can also specify additional file types and folders to add to the back up. I chose my desktop folder because, for me, that seems to be the spot where I quickly dump files when I am in a rush. I have a feeling that I am not the only person guilty of this, but I digress.

As of right now, 4,937 of my files (175mb) are now up there, protected in that fluffy cloud of safety. I could dump Gatorade all over this computer right now, and the only headache that I would have is explaining to the IT guy why I would do something so idiotic.