Storing Photos on Old XP Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

I have an old laptop running XP. If I uninstall my internet provider, can I use the computer to store pictures on it? I want to use it as another source of hard drive space. If I can will I have to worry about infections?

Thanks for your help, Beverly

Dear Beverly,

All you need to do to disconnect your computer from the internet is to either unplug the ethernet cord, or if it is wireless, turn off the wi-fi.

Once your computer is disconnected from the internet, you can use it without fear of infections.

Using an older computer to store your photos does have it’s risks though. Older hard drives will eventually fail, and if your only copy of the photos is on that old hard drive, they will be lost. Be sure to have another, backup copy of your photos somewhere.



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