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Portable Hard Drive

Older generations often complain that the current generation has it too easy and about how hard it was to live in the “good old days.” Baby Boomers are all quite aware of how their parents and grandparents suffered from having to walk a mile in the driving snow and rain to attend school. The problem for Baby Boomers is that those tales of woe were entirely accurate and any complaints the Boomers have about their tough days pale in comparison. Telling a Millennial about how hard it was to watch a cathode ray TV compared to a 60-inch HDTV does not seem as guilt-inducing as that snowy walk to the classroom.

There is one area where the Boomers can rightfully claim that their generation had it tough and that was with the development of external hard drives for computers. The first hard drives were room-sized and with a minimum storage capacity of a few megabytes. Boomers lived through the era of “floppy disk” and saw the advent of USB technology that allows the modern user to plug it in and start transferring data simply.


The year 1984 was a turning point in computing with the introduction of the first Macintosh Apple computer. That same year Simply Computing opened to sell and service the Mac1984 computer and has grown with Apple over the years to be the largest retailer of Apple products in Canada. A portable hard drive is among the products offered by Simply Computing.

External hard drives provide many benefits to the user including:

  • Separation of data from the main hard drive – This data is isolated from the main hard drive and thus cannot be compromised with viruses, worms, and hackers.

  • Additional Storage – You can free up the main computer by storing data on the portable hard drive. More important is that your data is backed up in case that main computer crashes.

  • Portability – The room-sized computers of the 1950s have evolved to USB data sticks that can easily fit into a shirt pocket. The only drawback is that they are easier to lose if you forget where you put them.

  • Ease of connection – Easy to use USB connections mean that the external hard drive is a plug and play device that is easily recognized by the main computer.

Simply Computing offers portable hard drives including the Apple AirPort Time Capsule. This product not only provides up to 3 Terabytes of data storage but also doubles down as a Wi-Fi base station. They also offer a wide selection of data sticks, LaCie portable hard drive and storage cards like the SanDisk Extreme 64GB storage card

If you can’t get to one of the Simply Computing locations in British Columbia or Winnipeg, remember that they will ship to anywhere in Canada at no cost for purchases over $50. They offer a generous return policy and offer extended warranties with the SimplyGuard plans that protect you in case your toddler decides that your new Mac computer needs to be immersed in water. If you need to contact Simply Computing the on-line message option is available 24/7, or you can look up one of the retail locations using the store locator to call the store nearest you.


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