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Advice on backing up your computer files.
Do you need to backup your data, and if so, what data should you
back up? Modern hard drives are extremely reliable, but because of
this fact, it's easy to be lulled into a false sense of security,
and believe Hard Drive failures only affect other people. However,
at some time, a Hard Drive will fail, usually with no warning. A
famous quote says "there are only two types of hard drives - the
ones that have failed and the ones that will fail."
However, some applications save their data in other folders. We
suggest you prepare a list of the data you wish to backup and then
find the location of each piece of data to ensure that you back up
everything you need.
How often should you backup your data? This depends upon how important the data is, and how often it is updated. If you only write a couple of letters a month, and you only upload photographs from your digital camera after you return from your annual holidays, then backing up your data once a month may be sufficient. However if you run your business accounts on your PC, and make invoices every day, then backing up your data once a day would be sensible. What is the best backup device for you? This depends upon the volume of data and the frequency that backups are required.
Next week: Back-up devices.
As always, if you need help with any computer issue or have a question about your computer, please call.
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