It is time to back up 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 need to be saved. Photos and favorites are also something you want to back up.
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 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 ideal if you want to divide your data into categories such as photos, home decoration ideas, etc.
In the clouds–These sites 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.
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 decide how to back up your computer, search for the device plus whatever operating system you use–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.
Always have two backups of your most important files and store them away from your house.
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