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Taking A Dip

Taking A Dip!
by Gary Woods

Have you ever felt the need to take your CDs and DVDs for a swim? Okay, neither have I but go with me on this one. You've got a lot of money tied up in all those hunks of plastic that you've got sitting in your desk or on your shelf.

And it's not just the programs that you've got stored on disks it's all those photos, Word Docs, Financial Records and everything else that you've spent the last couple of decades collecting. If something like a fire occurred in your home or apartment you could lose some things that you could never get back. So how about protecting them a little better?

SentrySafe ( has come up with the QA0121 Waterproof Data Storage Chest ($170), which holds 60 CDs or DVDs plus a 2.5-inch hard drive, a digital camera or other small media. It will keep them all protected for 24 hours of underwater submersion or 30 minutes of 1,550-degree heat.

The really cool part about the QA0121 is that it also has its own USB connection into which you can plug a bus-powered USB storage device. The USB port on the inside of the safe enables you to back up to that device without having to open the safe.

It's always a good idea to have two copies of everything. One copy stored in your home and one stored off site. The QA0121 could be a really good way to protect your data from whatever is coming down the pike at you.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc