How To Backup Windows Files: Why Is PC Backup Important?
- April 26, 2012
- Posted by: Adam Traylor
- Category: Uncategorized
In today’s world I am sure that most of you probably own a computer. If not then maybe you have a smart phone or some form of mobile device. Most of us are taking photos and creating more content with our computers than ever before. We enjoy taking quick snap shots with our phones or digital cameras and uploading them instantly to the internet. Unless you are living under a rock or in a cave then you are probably using some social media website like Facebook or Google+. There are so many places to share and upload your content and just about every one of them are completely free to use.
What would happen if for some strange reason the site that you had all of your photos and memories stored on decided to shut down? I don’t really think that is going to happen, but wouldn’t it be better to know that your content is safe?
Back when Myspace was one of the most popular places to visit on the internet I spent years uploading photos and writing blog articles on that site. I never thought for a second about where my content was going or what would happen if I lost it. It seemed like almost over night Myspace’s popularity died down dramatically so naturally I stopped visiting the site. A few months later I went back and logged in to my site. I was stunned to see that my entire blog had been deleted without my knowledge. Years worth of blog articles that I had written were gone. I realized right then that when you trust or use a free website assuming that your content will be there for you forever; then you run the risk of losing all of your stuff just as I did. You should definitely be backing up your content! I have outlined some ways to get you started very simply and without spending very much money.
- Use an External Hard Drive: Just about every single retail store with a technology section sells external hard drives these days. The good thing too is that they are not really that expensive any more. In most cases you can buy a 1TB (1,000 GB) hard drive for less than $120. That’s a ton of space for you to store your music, photos, and anything else that you may want to backup.
- Use Blank Media: Still not the best way of doing things, but if you’re trying to save money and want to backup your content then this method will work. Most recent computers come with a DVD burner that allows you to burn any file you want to onto a disc. Most DVD’s can hold up to 4GB of data which is quite a bit when all you’re doing is trying to save your photos or documents.
- Use Freeware Software: There are many software packages available in the market today for backing up your computer including GFI PC Backup. Freeware software such as GFI PC Backup will allow you to use their complete backup solution free for personal use.
- Pay A Service: There are a very wide variety of places to go on the internet that offer backup services. Carbonite.com and Mozy.com both offer plans for a pretty good price. There are others as well like Dropbox.com that will give you free space online and also offer a paid version too.
Both Windows and Mac platforms offer ways of backing up as well. On windows you can sign up for a free Windows Live account and you can get up to 25GB of free space. All Apple computers come with an application called, Time Machine that allows you to set up automatic backups and control what content on your computer gets backed up.
These are just a few ways that you can get the ball rolling on backing up your content. I hope you get started today before it’s too late.