This week: Backing up your PC – part 1
Recently, a problem with a PC and a Click-Free USB backup hard drive device reminded me it’s been a while since I have written about backing up your data from the PC.
There are several backup devices made by many different companies, and the advantage of these is their readiness for working automatically after plugging them in. They back up all of the files with many file extensions (the letters after the period on a file name; i.e., exec, jpeg, doc).
With my client, I discovered that the device had not been plugged in and was not backing up for over year. I found that if you leave the device connected, it will automatically backup your files that have been changed since the last full back up, so your backup is always current.
Another thing that reminded me of the importance of backups is all the wild fires and house fires we’ve had in the news. Ask yourself how important is the data on your PC? If you have to evacuate for any reason, is your data safe? Yes, if you have time and you think about it, you can grab your PC on the way out the door, and that may be the best scenario, but if you don’t have time to get the PC what then? One option is a fire-resistant safe in which you can store a backup disk. I have seen a safe that has an external USB port so you can keep your backup disk inside the safe and connected to your PC, so the backup is current and reasonably safe. But fires get very hot; will your safe survive the temperatures? The best way to save your data is on an offsite repository, using two or more backup devices, and regularly rotating the hard drives. I know that would be expensive, but if you store your family pictures on your PC, as most people do, considering this method may be worthwhile the cost and the effort.
Next week: online backup.
‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:
August 21, 2013 Backing Up Your PC-Part 1
August 14, 2013 Troubleshooting Internet Connections
August 7, 2013 Cooling Fans and Temperature
July 31, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 2
July 24, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 1
July 17, 2013 Windows XP Expires April, 2014
July 10, 2013 PC Won't Boot AND Toolbars
July 3, 2013 Helpful Hints - 2nd Users on Your PC
June 26, 2013 PC SCAM - Part 2
June 19, 2013 PC Money SCAM-READ THIS
June 12, 2013 CAUTION New Viruses AND Trojans
June 5, 2013 WIFI vs Cable
May 29, 2013 On-Line Help-BEWARE
May 22, 2013 Faxing With Multi-Function Printers
May 15, 2013 Scanners and Software
May 8, 2013 Battery Replacement May Be Necessary
May 1, 2013 Zombies Search Your Personal Info
April 24, 2013 Java and Adobe Updates NOT to be Ignored
April 17, 2013 Passwords And Email
April 10, 2013 Spring Cleaning-The Inside
April 3, 2013 Spring Cleaning for Your PC
March 27, 2013 Microsoft WORKS Great Substitute for Office
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars
January 2, 2013 Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2