The importance of backup is sort of like the importance of security: you don’t realise how much you need it until something bad happens. But if you don’t want to get to that point, it’s time to think about a permanent and future-friendly backup solution in your home.

There are many ways you can do this.

For instance, you could grab a portable drive and remember to backup every week or so. You could even link your computer with one of those online cloud storage solutions, having it backup critical files in the background.

Or you could try to make the hard drive more like something that sits in your home like a stick of furniture, with it being used in the background, but otherwise blending into the wallpaper.

If you’ve decided on this idea, you can start to imagine how the backups might make your life a little easier. As a point, many hard drive solutions are single drive, which means you back up to one drive, but, again, if you’re a little afraid of something bad happening — and the worst can happen to any drive — it might be time to look at mirroring.

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“Mirroring” is exactly what it sounds like. When you look into a mirror, you get an identical reflection of yourself, and when a hard drive is mirrored, you get an exact duplicate copy on a secondary drive.

So when we talk about mirroring, we’re saying two hard drives in the one box keeping your data extra secure, because if one drive fails, you still have a second with the same information on it.