Backing up your computer

Despite constant advancements in technology, there are still a great number things that can go wrong with computers. Whether the cause is a power surge or power cut, a malicious virus or just a drive failure, any one of these problems can result in your files being lost for good. What's worse is that you're unlikely to be given much warning; your computer could be running fine one day, and then the next day it's unable to boot. Just like that your important business documents, your emails, even your precious family photos, could all be gone.

This is why keeping backups of your data is so important. In the event of data loss, if you have a backup of your files you can restore them and carry on. You can't back up files which have already gone! Taking just a few minutes to set up a backup really isn't much of an inconvenience when you consider how much time it could save you if you lose your data.

Backing up files doesn't have to be a painful process. In fact, most backup software allows you to set up automatic scheduled backups, so your computer will perform regular backups without you having to do anything. Below we'll answer some common questions about backups.

How often should I backup my computer?

How often you backup your computer depends on how often you use it, how often you add and edit files, and how important those files are to you. If you only use your computer to browse the internet, or occasionally type up a document or spreadsheet, then you don't need to backup too often. If, on the other hand, you use your computer every day for work, and store important business documents and spreadsheets on there, you should consider performing a backup far more often. 

Where should I save backups?

One of the most important things about backups is that you store them in a different location to the original data, such as an external hard drive or memory stick, for example. This means that if the drive that stores the original data breaks, you will still be able to get to the backup.

What software should I use?

There are a huge number of products on offer for backing up computers, many of them boasting a plethora of features and advanced tools. However, for most people the simplest solutions are often the best. Windows Backup comes as standard on your PC, and is a simple, free way to perform backups. 

Have you already lost your data? If we can process your drive then we might be able to recover your files. You can find out more on our Data Recovery page.

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