Backup Your PC

The term, backup PC is a reminder you should give to yourself periodically; how often you backup your PC depends on how often you make changes to your data or create files. A backup is an extra copy of data and/or software files that you can use if your original file becomes damaged or lost. Files can be lost due to a system failure, a virus, file corruption, or other problems. Whether you store your data to a hard drive, a flash drive, external hard drive or CD/DVD, you should always have a copy of the data on some other type of media.

PC Backup

Backup Your PC Using Backup Media

To backup your PC, you must look at some things first. First decide what type of backup media you want to use such as CD, DVD, flash drive, another hard drive, tapes or other media. If you save originals to the hard drive, it is not recommended ton only backup the data to another partition or folder on the same hard drive. If that hard drive crashes, often all the partitions will go along with that crash and you would lose your data and your backup. You should back up to at least one different type of media than where you store the original. For extra safety and protection, you could store a backup of the data to a completely different site.

Backup your PC (backing up a PC) . If you backup a lot of data could take a lot of time and some types of backup media are expensive, you can choose a selective backup plan in which you only backup data that changes often. When you perform a backup to a PC for the first time or set up a scheduled backup, you should check to make sure you can use the backup take or disk to recover the data successfully. To test this, you could erase a file that is stored on a hard drive and then perform the recovery procedures to make sure you can recreate that file from a backup. This is one good way to test your methods and make sure there are no problems should the need arise to restore your date from a virus attack, or system malfunction.

To backup your  PC, connect your backup device to your computer. If you are using an external hard drive, you can use Windows Explorer to verify that you have access to the drive. From Control Panel, go to System and Maintenance and click back up your computer. The backup and restore center windows will appear. Click on back up files. Select where you want to save the backup and click next. Select the volumes on your computer that have the data you want to back up and click next. Select the type of files you want to back up and click next. You will then be presented with a window that lets you choose how often and what day and time you want to schedule a backup and backup your PC.

 

 

Backup Your PC Using a Method

There are different ways to backup your PC  that you can perform including full, copy, differential, incremental, and daily.

A full backup is one in which all files selected to be backed up are copied to the backup media that you have chosen to use. Each file gets marked as backed up by clearing an archive bit. After the backup, if a file is changed, its archive attribute is turned on to indicate that the file has changed since the last backup.

A copy backup is one in which all files selected for backup are copied to the backup media; however, files are not marked as backed up and the archive attributes are not cleared. Most people use a copy backup to make an extra backup separate from the regularly scheduled backups.

An incremental backup is one in which all files that have changed or been created since the last backup are backed up and the files are marked as such; therefore, the file archive attributes are cleared. A differential backup is one in which all files that have been created or changed since the last full backup are then backed up and files do not get marked with the archive attribute. This is useful if you need to recover data; you will only need the last full backup and the last differential backup.

A daily backup is one in which all files that have changed or been created on that particular day are backed up. Files do not get marked with the archive attribute. If you had to recover data later, you would need the last full backup and all daily backups since the last full backup. Having a daily backup is the best way to recover from a problem. The one point I wanted to make is to “always backup your PC”.

The two best ways to schedule backups are to combine full backups and incremental backups or a combination of full backups and differential backups. Incremental backups are smaller than differential; therefore, they save time and money. On the other hand, if you need to recover data, that process is less-time consuming when using differential backups because you only need two backups to perform the recovery – the last full backup and the last differential backup is the best way to backup your PC.