Making personal backups used to mean burning discs or tethering the PC to a hard drive, but Sandisk’s Ultra Backup USB makes the process handy and portable.

Simply plug the thumbdrive into a computer’s USB2.0 port, select the files and folders you want to backup and press a button. Selected files will backup each time you press the button, and for extra protection you can add encryption and password access. Plus, the drive will store your Windows user preferences, profiles and settings as well as download and launch applications such as Skype and Firefox.

It’s available in capacities up to 64GB, enough for storing 48,000 photos or 144 hours of compressed video.

Price: 8GB-64GB; $49-$299.