When it comes to using computers, the most frustrating thing is encountering an unexpected error and suddenly losing access to all your stored information – photos, applications, documents, all lost because of a single malfunction.
Should you back up your computer? For individuals who rely on the computer for storing any sort of valuable files, a malfunctioning computer can feel like the end of the world. Keep reading to learn how to avoid this.
Backing Up Your Data Will Save You a lot of Hassle Down the Line
We understand the frustration that accompanies those dire situations, and one of the best steps for prevention is preparation! Backing up your files is essential under any circumstance, whether you’re simply transferring files from one computer to another, or you’ve encountered a critical error with no solution in sight, having a backup will seem like a saving grace.
We’ve compiled a list of some instructions on how you can ensure you’ve covered all fronts – just in case you encounter the worst case.
Personal Data Should be Your Top Priority
Computers come and go – if yours ends up going haywire, you always have the option to reset or reinstall your operating system. Your biggest concern should come down to how you can back up your personal files, as those are definitely harder to replace.
Using an External Drive
Your best bet for backing up your files is by using an external USB hard drive. You can do so on Windows 10 and 8 by using File History, Windows Backup on Windows 7, and Time Machine on Macs. You can periodically connect the external drive to your computer and use the backup tool, or even simply leave the drive plugged in whenever you’re around- either way, your data will be stored; just make sure you don’t lose it!
Using the Internet or a Cloud Storage Device
If you feel a little unsure about backing up your files on an external drive, you can always back them up using the internet, Services will automatically back up your files to the service’s web storage – so if you ever lose your files at some point, you will always be able to restore them. While internet backups usually cost a bit, they tend to be reliable as they are hosted online.
Alternatively, you can always use a Cloud Storage Device. Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive will automatically sync your files to your online account, which can be accessed from other computers (and the StartMeStick!).
If you end up losing access to the files on your computer, you’ll still be able to reach them online, as they’ll be safely secured there! Using a Cloud storage device is great, because it’s easy, fast, and free – however these services typically only offer a limited amount of free storage, so if you’re hoping to store several gigabytes of files, you might have to pay an extra fee.
Backing up the Rest of It
Now that you’ve got your personal data all backed up – what about the rest of it? After losing access to your computer, you will also lose access to countless other things, like your browser extensions, bookmarks, and passwords.
At this point, pretty much all browsers offer the ability to store your personal settings for future access. It saves a lot of time and energy down the line, especially if you have important data you’d like to keep. Each web browser offers its own method of backing up your data, so at the end of the day you get to decide what you’d like to back up!
Backing up with Google Chrome Sync – we recommend this as it’s compatible with the StartMeStick!
It’s Time for a Backup!
With all that being said and done – there are tons of ways you can backup your data, it really just comes down to personal preference! Just remember, it’s better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your personal data.
How are you going to back up your data? Let us know in the comments below. And share this article with a friend to remind them to back it up!