This little box of tricks is worth it's weight it gold! Please read on...
My daughter was studying for her G.C.S.E.'s and most of her coursework had been emailed to school. After completing the remainder of the coursework, which was due to completed on the following Monday, she took a rest. Upon re-booting the computer, all to be seen was the blue screen of death!
Panic - you don't know the meaning of the word until you see this! Imagine this if you will, both mother and daughter screaming like banshees 'what are we going to do now??????'
The hard drive on our trusty old Dell, could never be re-covered and she had to complete the work again. Sadly, we also losts thousands of photos, because at the time, hers was the only computer we owned, and it had all the photos she had taken from a school trip to China, of course this may never be repeated. We were, and still am, I might add, devasted, but you live and learn.
My daughter is now at University doing her teacher training, and forewarned is forearmed as they say - enter the clickfree automatic backup device.
This little machine is exactly as they say it is, totally click-free. Just plug it in and off it goes, merrily doing it's duty. After seeing a presentation on QVC (found at qvc.uk.com) I couldn't help at being enthralled at it's simplicity. If it's easy I'll be more inclined to use it, and so will my daughter.
The one I purchased is like the one in the photo above, but they come in a range of colours and I purchased the red model. It's quick and easy to install as it doesn't come with any software. Just plug the device into the USB ports (it has two for when you are running off battery power) and away it goes. It will only save files that have been stored since you last backed up, so for first time use it may take a while as you are storing everything. Afterwards, it will only save, like I have mentioned before, just the files that have been downloaded recently, taking a shorter amount of time, literally seconds in most cases.
This product stores everything in the corect places, so if you have photos saved in your desktop, they will now be found in the photo folder. Everything is easy to find and most of all, very easy to navigate. If I can use it any one can!
This product came into it's own, when recently I had to change computer. All my files where backed up, thanks to the on screen reminder which you can set to remind you, at the settings you choose. I have set mine to remind me every four days, but you can set it for every day or every week, it's totally up to you. My old computer was XP, and this new one is Windows 7, but the transferring of data, was quick and easy. I just plugged in, hi-lighted my old computer files and transerred them to my new computer. No problems arose with the different capabilites of the computer, it was quick and easily done. This is why it was worth it's weight in gold, as the new computer only worked for a matter of hours and had to go back to the store for replacement (the backlight had gone - I thought I was seeing the black screen of death for a while there! :o) ). No such problems with the clickfree though, and it backed up my third computer just as easily as the first and second.
This backup is great for homes and small offices as it will store all the files, and transfer data, of up to 20 pc's. However, if you have a desktop computer you may well be interested in the newer version of this which comes with a docking station, and will automatically backup whenever you set it to, because it is already plugged in and raring to go. Handy if you're forgetful like me, or just tend to ignore the on-screen reminders.
A great little product, for anyone who stores photos on their computer, (who prints them off any more?) and anyone who just owns a computer full stop!!!
Don't take the risk - get one of these.
Do you back up your PC?
Do you have any precious, irreplaceable, or important files on your PC?
If the answer to the first question is no, and the answer to the second question yes, then you, like many people have a PC disaster waiting to happen.
Many people only back up their PC after such a disaster, by then it is, of course, too late. I was fortunate, a false alarm with my hard drive made me realise that the thousands of family photos stored on my PC were too precious to risk not having a backup.
I initially started backing them up to recordable DVD. This works, but is a bit tedious (I have about 60Gb of photos so needed plenty of discs to store them all).
I happened across the Clickfree automatic backup system during an internet search. This seemed to offer an easier way to back up (and, I reasoned, if it was easy, I'd be more likely to do it).
I bought the 320Gb Clickfree model from QVC at a cost of £110 six months ago. The inevitable march of technology means that a 500Gb system is available now for around £10 more than I paid for mine.
The Clickfree is simply a portable hard drive (5400 rpm) with a USB interface and some clever software to make backups automatic.
The unit is quite attractive looking, with a blue metal case with bright edges. There are two lights on the system, one indicating power, the other that the hard drive is in use.
To use, the unit is simply connected to a USB socket. The computer will recognise the device, and then indicate that the drivers have been installed. A Windows dialog box then opens with several options. Click on 'Start Clickfree backup' and the software launches.
The software interface is quite neat (but then there are few options available, so it can be). A message indicating backup commencing in 25 seconds is shown and counts down, after which the backup process starts.
Firstly, the hard drive(s) in the PC are searched for files. Clickfree does not back up Windows or program files, just data files such as Office documents, music, pictures and videos.
Once the files have been identified, the files are backed up to the Clickfree hard drive. Depending on the number of files, this may take a while, but as Clickfree is a hard drive, it's a relatively fast process. The drive is silent in use, the only indication that it is working is the flashing hard disc light on the unit.
There is a link on the Clickfree interface to the manufacturer's website where comprehensive support files are available.
Once all of the files have been backed up, the procedure is finished and all that remains to be done is to remove the Clickfree box from the PC.
Future backups will, of course, be quicker since the unit identifies only new or changed files to backup.
In the event of a loss of data on the PC, the process of restoring files to your PC is straightforward. Once the PC is up and running again, connect the Clickfree unit and click on the restore button at the bottom of the screen. Your files will be copied back onto the PC.
This is an incredibly simple to use backup device. It is relatively cheap, is portable (so can be used to backup several PC's), and is fast and silent in operation.
Having such an easy to use system means that users are more likely to back up their PC's. This can only be a good thing. It's worth noting, however, that the Clickfree is itself a hard drive. Because of this, it is not the most robust backup system (hard drives can, of course, fail). The limited use (once per week) should mean that it's relatively reliable and is far better than no backup at all.
If you're looking for a backup system for your PC, then there are worse solutions on the market than Clickfree; it is well worth a look.
No software to install or setup. Automatically find, organize and backup all your data onto the Clickfree portable backup drive.