We can’t say it enough, backing up your PCs data is one of the most important things you need to do. Here are the many ways you can do it.

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We can’t say it enough, backing up your PCs data is one of the most important things you need to do. If your drive crashes or you get hit by malware or even worse, ransomware and you don’t have a backup, you’re out of luck.


Windows 10 Backup and Restore Guide

You could lose your important documents, pictures, and other files. Windows 10 has new ways to back up and restore your PC, as well as traditional methods, too. Here’s a look at ways you can make sure your data is safe.

Use File History

First introduced in Windows 8, File History is a built-in tool that allows you to recover files you might accidentally delete. Think of it as Time Machine in Apple’s macOS. To use it you need an external hard drive, large capacity flash drive, or you can use a network location, too.

It will periodically back up your Favorites, Contacts, desktop items, files, folder, etc. You can also configure it to exclude certain folders and set how often it saves copies of files.

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For more read: How to Use the Windows 10 PC Reset Feature


System Image and File history share a common flaw – they require the backup media to be attached to the PC at all times – so your backups are vulnerable to:System failure taking all attached drives.Crypto- type malware that will encrypt ALL files on all partitions, or devices it can access from your OS.

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Additionally, If you delete needed content from a file, and save that file overwriting the version that contained the needed data, System Image will replace the backup copy of the file containing the data with the one without that data.OK File History creates additional copies as it goes on running – butFile History has other flaws:It may not keep running – occasionally needing restarting manually.It may not save the files from the folder your data file is in.It does not save files with fullnames over 210 characters long, and maybe even shorter fullnames.It will save files that are open and being updated – as in Outlook POP3 email stores,so the backup set may be incomplete.The backup store is open to any user access, and they can delete or change the backup file content.

BUT – the article makes some important points –Consider what you may want to recover and from what ‘disaster’That disaster may mean you have to get a new PC– so you will want to get your data back – and reinstall your applications, and access codes.That disaster may mean the backups at the office and at home are lost too– so you’ll need cloud based backups of your data.

If it is just the hard drive that is not working, then a new hard drive will need the OS restoring onto it, together with the backed-up data – so you’ll need a booting facility to run the restore process.

Maybe you will just need to get the system to boot and start a repair session for the existing OSMaybe you’ll have to reinstall the OS and all the applications – where are the licence codes?

Now – the article contains the entry“We recommend using CrashPlan which costs $59.99 per month.”Yes – but $360 a year – that will cover the cost of:A licence for something like Paragon Backup and recovery,2 backup drives 4 TB each (so you can switch them weekly, or monthly to be safer from crypto-malware, or system failure taking all the connected drives).A subscription for Office365 that comes with 1TB of Onedrive storage for the yearand – maybe Spideroak cloud storage backup and distribution facility for a less intrusive facility than the Onedrive –Or maybe one of the other cloud storage facilities – Google etc.

But – whatever –Some backup is probably better than none – just consider what you may have to recover from,and what you would NEED as opposed to want to recover.

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