Choose a back-up program. For personal computers, there are many options. If you are using Microsoft Windows, there is a back-up program built in (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Backup). You can also use third party back-up managers, ranging from small programs to full online backup services. If you use a flavor of Linux, there are many open source options available in repositories for all of the major distributions.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do back up your system weekly. Most computers and virus software gives you the option to set this up.
- Do purchase an external hard drive and back up your data to it as an added precaution.
- Don’t use your computer while a back-up is in progress. If you change a file during the back-up operation, you won’t know which version was actually saved, or you could halt or corrupt the back-up. It will also slow your computer down.
- Don’t leave your back-up media in an environment that has a tendency to get wet or is not climate controlled. Computer equipment is fairly sensitive, and there is a chance you will lose your back-ups.
Backing up your computers is extremely important. We store our lives on our computers these days from pictures, to resumes and everything in between. My advice to everyone who owns a computer, back up as often as you can, in order to keep your important data.
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