Data backup is the first line of defense to securing your files so that you can survive a hard drive failure.
Any backup is better than none. You can backup your data to another hard drive (internal or external), USB flash drive, to CD or DVD, to another machine on your network, and you can even backup your files to a server on the Internet (also known as “the Cloud”). No matter what choice you make, any backup is better than none at all.
A 1TB USB hard drive, Blu Ray discs, and a 128GB USB flash drive
What files should you backup? For most people, the most important files for you are the data files you create or save when you use your computer. These could be any type of files, but the most common ones include:
Photos- JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG, TiIFF, PSD, BMP, PSP, etc.
Music- Mp3, M4a (Itunes),AAC, FLAC, Midi, Wav, etc.
Email- WAB (Microsoft Outlook Express address book files) MBX (Microsoft Outlook Express mail folders), PST ( Outlook email, with attachments, calendar and contacts), PAT(Windows Mail), MBOX (Mozilla Thunderbird), etc.
Internet Favorites- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.
Saved Passwords- Click here for more info on password services
Office Files- Microsoft files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access) PDF, e-books, etc.
Prodcut Keys, CD-Leys & Serial Numbers- Windows XP, VISTA and Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007
Log Files- Instant Messengers, Skype, etc.
Financial Data- Quickbooks, Quicken, Microsoft Money, Turbo Tax, etc.
Other Data files
For others, the Operating System and applications may be just as important to back up. This is helpful when you have a special set up for work or have software installed and don’t have the installation files to do a re-install after a crash or virus.
I offer a variety of backup packages that can handle either or both of these situations.
I can set up a daily backup of your entire computer configuration that can be restored to a new hard drive or new computer in a matter of hours. This includes the Operating System, all your user files, and other settings. After restoration it will be identical in every way to your system before.
A full system backup includes the Operating system, all programs installed and other files and settings.
Or I can set up a daily backup of just your user profile, backing up just the files you’ve created instead.
A backup of your user profile includes all these sub-folders as well.
These backups are typically saved to a local backup drive (either a file server or an external hard drive) but can also be saved to the cloud.