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Practical Tips to Prevent Computer File Loss

February 11th, 2010

backup-computer-files.jpgBacking up the computer files in their hard drives is something most people know they should do, but sometimes they forget to do it and risk losing all of their important data. By not backing up their hard drive files, they risk losing invaluable memories like baby and wedding pictures, videos, music collections, and important information like financial and tax records. The hard drive is perhaps the one element of a computer which has the highest probability of failing, and it can happen when you least expect it. Repairing it can be expensive, and in the event of hard drive failure, it’s probably better to get a new one than trying to repair the broken drive. Explained below are some practical ways to back up your machine’s files safely. If anything goes wrong, you’ll be at ease knowing that your files are secure.

The first thing you can do is back up your files to storage devices such as CD’s, DVD’s, USB devices, and external hard drives. External hard drives are a great choice, because every day they’re getting smaller in size, less expensive, and larger in storage capacity. Don’t limit yourself to just one storage device, because just like your computer’s hard drive, they’re not infallible. Instead, back up your files in multiple devices, that way you’ll have some insurance if any of them fails. Also try to back up regularly; if you download pictures, videos, and music on a regular basis, you should back up your files more often.

Another good idea is to back up all your files, not just a few. You’d be surprised at how much important data resides in the entire hard drive. So just do it and get it out of the way because this will save you from a lot of headaches. Once you start backing up your files, get in the habit of checking them often to verify that they’re usable and secure. That way if any file isn’t backed up properly, you can tackle the problem quickly.

Also, a neat feature you should become familiar with is System Restore. It allows you to retrieve your computer’s data by restoring it to previous “safe points”. These “safe points” are automatically generated by the computer, but you can also set them yourself. If the files in your computer get damaged, you can use System Restore to make your machine the way it was days or weeks earlier, giving you an excellent chance to back up those files that were damaged before restoration.

Computer hard drive failure is a very real possibility that can happen when you least expect it. You should take every precaution and do anything you can to back up your files so that if disaster strikes your files will be safe and sound. There are several ways to get this done, and using them will give you the confidence of knowing that your files are safe and secure if anything goes wrong.

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This article was supplied to us by J. Austen from Constant Content.

One Response to “Practical Tips to Prevent Computer File Loss”

  1. comment number 1 by: Frank Roberts

    This article deals with the salient points on backup except to say a very real option nowadays is online cloud backup which should be very seriously considered.

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