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:
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.
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:
A burglar who steals you PC and backup data
The following are good places to store your backup media:
Hidden in the trunk of your car.
At a good friends house, who you trust having access to you backup files
In your office at work
A safety deposit box
Use an onLine data backup service (see below). This automatically saves a
copy of your data away from your home.
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