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Easy Data Backup Strategies

Backup your PC If your data is important, you should consider backing up the data on your PC at least once each month. Backups will enable you to access your data when your PC crashes or you accidentally delete data on you PC.

What data do you need to backup? Generally, you will backup your personal data on a monthly basis. A good strategy is to keep all of your personal data (your documents, music, and videos in sub-folders within your "Documents and Settings" or "My Documents" folder. Then, the only folder you backup on a monthly basis is the "Documents and Settings" or "My Documents" folder.

You also need to make a backup of the Windows operating system. This only needs to be done once to create windows recovery disks. See the following links for help:
https://www.google.com/search?q=wiki+how+to+backup+data+windows+xp

If Windows was pre-loaded on your PC, the manufacturer probably includes tools to recover Windows, and you should read their options before you actually need to recover windows.
There are two basic strategies for data backups:

1. Using a tools or apps on you PC to backup data. The tools come in all price ranges including free, but you will need to use backup media that is big enough to hold all of your data. If you are backing up pictures and videos, the backup media will need to be at least 1/2 the size of your PC disk drive and will most likely be an "External Hard Drive". If your data is small, you may be able to backup to DVD or CD disks.

2. Using an online backup service. These backup services can simplify the backup process and save a copy of your backup backup data away from your home.

The following links provide information that will help you establish your backup strategy:
Windows XP Help
Windows 7 Help

Store backups away from your home If you don't store data backups away from your home, a single incident can destroy both your PC and the backup data. The following incidents can destroy both your PC and the backup data:
  1. A fire.
  2. A flood.
  3. A burglar who steals you PC and backup data
The following are good places to store your backup media:
  1. Hidden in the trunk of your car.
  2. At a good friends house, who you trust having access to you backup files
  3. In your office at work
  4. A safety deposit box
  5. Use an onLine data backup service (see below). This automatically saves a copy of your data away from your home.
The following links provide information that will help you establish your offsite backup strategy.
Windows XP Help
Windows 7 Help

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