Living in an era of technology, we can say that most of us depend on computers and gadgets. We use them for business and even for recreation. They make our lives more convenient in every aspect.
As we depend so much on computers, files become as important as our bank accounts. Because of that, we need to be cautious and back everything up to prevent data loss.
Here are some simple ways to backup important files on a computer.
Copy Necessary Files on a CD
This process is old but it’s big when it comes to preventing data loss. For this, you’ll need to follow the steps below:
- Place a blank CD (should be rewritable) in your CD-RW. See if your PC will recognize the CD.
- When your PC has already recognized your CD, you can now select the files that you want to save.
- After selecting the files, press right click. A dialog box will appear, choose “Send To ”
- then look for the CD-RW item. Click it and the process will start.
- Wait until copying is complete.
Using CD for backup is simple but it only provides limited storage.
Use External Hard Drives
Hard drives provide a large storage space that can accommodate all your files.
The components of an external hard drive have the same risk as your computer. It is also vulnerable to fire, theft, and other incidents.
There are different brands of hard drives. The only thing that you need to consider when purchasing one is the right storage space. Once you’ve found the best one for you, purchase it and start the process.
There are two ways to create backup files in your external hard drives- the manual and the automatic process.
- Backup Manually
This process is simple. You just need to connect your external hard drive right to your computer and select all your essential files then copy it directly to the hard drive.
- Backup Automatically
You can automatically copy your files using different computer tools that are intended for such process.
For Windows, you can use Windows Backup while you can use Time Machine for Mac OS. when these tools are active, they automatically create a backup of your files.
Backup Files Using Google Drive
This process is not applicable offline. You need to have an internet connection to use Google Drive. With this method, you can upload, view, share, and edit your files online.
Here’s how to:
Turn on your computer and go to Google. Make sure that you have an internet connection.
Click Sign in and log into your Google Account. You can create your google account if you don’t have one yet.
After logging in, go to My Drive, click new, then select the files you want to upload.
Upload the selected files and wait until it’s finished.
Uploading files to Google Drive is useful not only for backup purposes but also for convenience.
If you’re traveling from one place to another, you probably can’t bring with you your work files and that is where Google Drive becomes handy. If there is an internet connection, you can manage your work whenever and wherever you are.
Storing computer files is too risky. That’s why you need to create backup files just to make sure you don’t compromise them and to prevent data loss.
There are a lot of ways to do that and each method has its own pros and cons. Consider them when choosing the right backup method for you and your job.