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Computer Backup of Personal Files

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It is time to backup your computer. For a newbie, there may be questions about how to do it and what is best for you.

What to Backup

You will need to decide what you want to back up. You don’t need to back up a computer entirely just your personal files. Your programs probably came on a disc, or you downloaded it from the internet. You can quickly restore these programs by using the CD or going to your account. However, the personal files you created using any program needs to be saved. Photos and favorites are also something you want to backup.

Computer backup options

Below is a list of backups you may use. All have their advantages and disadvantages.

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External Hard drive–This is a hard drive that you connect to your computer. The device is relatively easy to use. You can schedule routine updates, so your data is always current. If you keep your hard drive at your house, it can be destroyed along with your computer in a disaster. The hard drive can fail.

Devices: CD, DVDs, and flash drives–These have small storage capacity and may require numerous discs/flash drives to download everything. They may be an ideal choice if you want to divide your data into categories such as photos, home decoration ideas, etc.

In the clouds–These are sites that allow you to store files on their server. Some are free for limited data use. Examples of free cloud storage include Google Drive, DropBox, and iCloud. There are several paid cloud storage sites to choose from.

The following two links list the advantages and disadvantages of each computer backup choice.

5 Ways to Back Up Your Data

What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

Check out what is available and make a choice that works for you.

Using Your Storage System

Once you have made the decision of how to backup your computer, search for the device plus whatever operating system you are using–Windows or Mac. There should be instructions and maybe videos showing you how to use each. For example– if you decided to use a flash drive, type in flash drive plus your operating system.

Always have two backup systems

Remember to always have two backups of your most important files and store away from your house.

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