How to Backup Files

Backup Alert: When is it time to backup?

If your computer systematically crashes (not necessarily with the 0x00000050 error) or “freezes”, opening or saving files is extremely slow, hard drive produces queer noises you didn’t hear before or you received a “your hard drive is not formatted” message during startup, it’s high time to think how to backup your data. All of the above are the signs of the upcoming hard drive crash.

However, you should not wait for any of these warning signs. The answer is: You should backup regularly, always. The sad truth is that all hard drives crash sooner or later. Some of them die very quickly, some will last for years. But you never know when it happens. That is why prevention is better than cure, and hard drive recovery is pretty costly while backup options range from relatively cheap to free.

What to Backup In the First Place

Always backup what you cannot replace in case of accidental loss in the first place!

  • Financial information
  • Digital photos
  • Email
  • Personal projects (documents, designs, etc)
  • Internet bookmarks
  • Any digital products you purchased that cannot the replaced free of charge (music, films, software).

Data Backup Options

CD/DVD. An easy and cheap backup solution but limited in space. Good to backup text files, ebooks, etc. However, scheduled automatic backup won’t work for this option.

Another hard drive on the same computer

Another hard drive on the same computer is a good option with a large storage capacity. It will protect your data if your main hard drive crashes or undergoes accidental formatting. In addition, you can schedule automatic backups using specialized software. This is very convenient because performing daily backups manually is rather tiresome.

However, during such incidents as power surge, water damage (while watering flowers or spilling tea, for example) or any other emergency situation, both the main and the backup hard drives may be damaged and your data lost.

Another External Hard Drive

A different external hard drive (the one separated from your computer). Secures your data from power surges and other incidents, large backup capacity. However, most users will find connecting and disconnecting hard drives now very convenient. In addition, such manipulations may cause system errors and are recommended only to advanced users. Purchasing the right backup hard drive (the one that is right for your configuration) if you don’t have one yet is also a trick for most users.

Online backup

Online backup today is probably the best option for several reasons. You can access you data from virtually everywhere where you can find the internet connection. In addition, this option is accessible even to users who have little experience in hardware or hard driver management. Reliable online backup providers supply you with software that performs automatic backups on scheduled basis, which is also very important And finally, automatic online backup can be absolutely free (in limited amounts).

How to Backup Files on Removable Devices: Memo

  • You should check from time to time if your data is accessible.
  • Never backup on worn hard drives that are about to die
  • Don’t overclock your hardware