Planning Your PC Backup
If you’re anything like us, there are a whole lot of files on your computer’s hard drive that you couldn’t possibly live without. People have been talking about living “paper free lives” for decades, but in modern life that’s truly becoming a reality. Everything from statements from our bank accounts to our resumes and copies of all our work and photo albums that are digital instead of printed live in that virtual space inside our computers and losing any of them would be a tragedy beyond compare. This is why it’s so important to regularly back up your files – because without them, you would be lost. Here’s a handy step by step guide to help you go about your PC backup:
1.Decide On The Backup Medium You Prefer
There are many different options available to you at this point and you’ll want to choose the medium for your PC backup that’s easiest for you to access. If you create regular products, for example if you’re in the business of publishing magazines, you might prefer to burn copies of each set of files onto CD or DVD. If you work on the same files constantly, updating them as you go, you might be better off overwriting your data on an external hard drive or USB stick (depending how much you need to store).
2.Decide What You Need To Store
When you’re deciding what to back up before doing your PC backup, the answer is probably “everything”. If it’s not, you’ll want to select the files that you’re interested in keeping backed up.
3.Prepare Your Backup Device
To make life easier for yourself when you’re accessing the files you stored during your PC backup, it can be very helpful to create destination folders that make sense to you before you begin copying things over. This is particularly true if you’re copying over hundreds of small files that are difficult to tell apart.
4.Back Up Your Files
Now you’re ready to copy over your files one by one into your destination folders and, once they’ve finished copying, to place your backup copies in a safe place where they won’t be lost or damaged.
5.Do It All Over Again
When we say “do it all over again,” we don’t just mean that you’ll need to repeat the process regularly to keep everything backed up and current. One backup copy of your files is almost certainly not enough to be sure that your files are absolutely safe, so we recommend also investing in cloud storage to automatically keep another copy of your files in a secure location away from your originals. Actually, using a cloud storage is usually enough to keep your files safe because most providers keep a second redundant copy in yet another location and it will do all this for you automatically, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Our experts have investigated the top cloud storage providers and compiled the top five for you below to help you with this step.