Idiot guide to Back Up Your Files, Photos and Music Fast
One of the scariest thought is losing all of your important documents, media files, and treasured pictures, because your computer becomes compromised. Whether it is a virus, a broken hard drive, or a hacker destroying your files, you have to find a way to keep your precious files safe. Luckily for all of us, there are easy steps to making sure those files we wish to save stay safe. And with multiple ways to back up your files, you can be sure that you will not have to lose a moment of sleep, worrying.
Your first and most obvious step to saving your files is to make sure you set your restore point. A restore point is like a “do over” on your computer. When files become lost, corrupted, or compromised, you can return to a restore point to retrieve the information. To set your restore point, go to the Start button on the lower left corner of your screen. Once there, look for the “Control Panel” setting and search for “System and Maintenance”. Now look for the tab that reads “Backup and Restore”. Locate the “Set Up Backup” tab and follow the steps in the wizard help guide. You will likely be prompted for an administrator in any recent Windows types, wherein you can enter a password if one exists. Now you can create the restore point for the current date. You can also set an automatic restore point marker so that future restore points are done without having to search again. Once a restore point is checked, it is saved and can be accessed at your leisure. You can keep multiple restore points in order to have that extra layer of safety.
External Hard Drive
Even if you have restore points, it is best if you also have your files saved onto an external hard drive as well. External drives are exactly what they sound like. They are data-holding drives that are not directly connected to your current computer. You can think of them as a sort of safety deposit box of data. The reason it is important to save precious data on the hard drive is that files can become corrupted in your Windows program. Sometimes, these corruptions can mean that even a restore point cannot save the files and thus, they can be lost for good. When you have backed up your files on an external hard drive, it is like having a hard copy that you can access if the file has been compromised.
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