How to decide what data to back up
There are many ways you can unintentionally lose information on a computer. A child playing the keyboard like a piano, a power surge, lightning, floods. And sometimes equipment just fails.
If you regularly make backup copies of your files and keep them in a separate place, you can get some, if not all, of your information back in the event something happens to the originals on your computer.
Deciding what to back up is highly personal. Anything you cannot replace easily should be at the top of your list. Before you get started, make a checklist of files to back up. This will help you determine what to back up, and also give you a reference list in the event you need to retrieve a backed-up file. Here are some file suggestions to get you started:
- Bank records and other financial information
- Digital photographs
- Software you purchased and downloaded from the Internet
- Music you purchased and downloaded from the Internet
- Personal projects
- Your e-mail address book
- Your Microsoft Outlook calendar
- Your Internet Explorer bookmarks
If you haven’t already decided where you want to store your backup copies—external hard disk drive, CDs, DVDs, or some other storage format—and you want to know more about your options, you can read about the types of external storage available.
Check that out here .
After you’ve decided what you want to back up and where you’re going to back up, you’re ready to learn how to back up. Get that info by visiting here now.
* Note from Jan Tallent:
I am the Queen of lost data and know first-hand how devastating this can be! I have had a laptop struck by lightning, 8 years of downloads, info and documents destroyed by a virus the best virus checkers money can buy MISSED, accidentally overwritten files that should have been backed up and THEN updated, etc. and it is scary, confusing, humbling and ANNOYING to have this happen.
I have been a digital product junkie for going on ten years now and have over 100 cd’s of burned copies of those, plus at least monthly burn cd’s to have a safe copy of all of my documents, current work, etc. and highly recommend that you DO back up anything and everything that you cannot afford to lose.
thanks to MicroSoft for the great article!
P.S. Remember, one of the services I offer IS data back-up, not only of the assignments and projects I perform for you but also any you care to get TO me, via email or download or snail mail and can even keep a copy for emergencies if you like, after I send you your back up!
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