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How To Back Up Your Data Files
Whether it's your favorite photos, your tax files, important papers, research papers, or anything else you
value, your computer files are the most important items on your computer, so you don't want to lose them.
All computers are prone to failure, so backing up your data is one of the most important things you can do.
Here's how …
Back Up Your Files Manually
The easiest way to back up your files is to connect a flash drive or an external hard drive to your computer.
You can also use CDs and DVDs to back up your files, but these are more prone to failure than a flash drive
or external drive. If you need to purchase one of these drives, make sure it has enough gigibytes to store all
When you've figured out what files you want to save, start copying them to your flash drive or external drive.
All you have to do is install the drive, drag and drop your files onto the drive, then wait for it to finish copying
As an additional precaution you may want to copy your files to a second flash or hard drive and keep in a
fireproof safe or a safety deposit box at your bank.
You should back up your files periodically, preferably hour, or at least every day if you work a lot on your
Back Up Your Files Automatically
Most external hard drives come with an automatic backup program. If yours doesn't, you can purchase a
program that will do an automatic backup.
With these programs you need to select all the files you want to save, then schedule the times you want to
save them. If you're constantly creating and updating files you should configure your program to back up
those files every hour.
Back Up Your Files To A Cloud Service
There are a number of cloud services that allow you to back up your data online. These services include
Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and DropBox. All of them give you a decent amount of space
for free, and if you have a lot of data you need to save, you can upgrade your account for a nominal fee.
Backing up files to a cloud service is similar to backing them up on an external hard drive. With Sky Drive
and Google Drive you have a folder that you put on your desktop and anything you place in that folder will
be uploaded to a cloud service.
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