Welcome back to Tech Tuesdays, the day where we answer one of your many pressing questions about computers. We try to answer your questions in a simple and concise manner. If you would like to submit a question for Tech tuesdays or need further explanation on a topic please email us at PlumasPC@Gmail.com or leave your response in the comments below. This weeks question was submitted by Martin and involves external hard drives!
I have recently been looking at purchasing an external hard drive to back up my pictures, documents and my business Quickbooks. I was wondering, do the Seagate hard drives back up my gmail? I would really like to protect my business emails in case my computer crashes! Thank you! – Martin
Thank you for writing in Martin! Let me answer your question in two parts. Firstly, no, the Seagate hard drives will not automatically back up the contents of your gmail account. If you use a 3rd party application for your email, such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Windows Live Mail, you can set it to make backups of those files. As for mail from GMail.com however, you are out of luck.
Secondly, and this is the good news, you don’t need to backup your gmail messages! With the increased accessibility of DSL and other forms of high-speed internet, the need for 3rd party programs are gone! Most people now view their emails on the web, also known as ‘webmail.’ With webmail, all of your messages and contacts are stored online by your email provider, so even if your computer crashes, you won’t lose anything.
By the way, how do you tell if you use webmail? Well, if you access your email by going to a website e.g. www.gmail.com, www.yahoo.com or www.hotmail.com, then you are using webmail!
If you have any other questions please email them to PlumasPC@gmail.com and we will try and answer them!