How To Properly Back Up The Data In Your Computer

by Julie Armstrong - Date: 2010-10-21 - Word Count: 322 Share This!

When you have data on your computer, you most likely have it all saved so that you can keep it long term. Many run into the problem of having a failing hard drive and losing their data which can be a disaster. Below we will discuss what you can do that will help you properly back up your computer data so that this does not happen to you.

The best thing that you can do is to clone your hard drive. What this means is that you are taking the data on your drive exactly as it is and putting it onto another external hard drive. If anything happens to your drive, you can simply buy a new hard drive and copy everything back over to have your computer working exactly as it did before.

Use flash drives to backup your most important files to have them in a safe place. You might have the cloned backup, but doing this additional step is good because it ensures you have an additional copy of the files that mean the most to you.

Use some online backup services. Many of these are about $5 a month to use. What they do is sync with your computer and backup the folders you tell it to. The advantage of this is that you have a backup that is in a location other than your home. If you have a home fire for example that destroys everything, your data is still safe on these servers.

Download all your emails from online accounts. These can be hacked at times which means you lose your data. If you download and save them, they are backed up.

Get the data from your cloud services. You might be using online documents. You need to download these and keep them backed up in case anything happens to the service.

Whatever your plan is, you need to start right now because you never know when your drives will fail.

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