Wondering "How do I backup my computer?" The question has been asked by untold numbers of computer users concerned about data loss. As it stands, hard drives that store a computer's data occasionally fail, and having a secure and removed reserve of precious files and programs is paramount. But how do you back up a whole computer, as opposed to backing up a handful of files?
Backing Up A Computer Using Windows XP And Windows Vista
Current versions of Windows XP come equipped with an application that can perform the backup process for you. Unlike fancy and expensive data recovery services, the backup application built into Windows XP is simple and free of bells and whistles. Click on Start, Programs and Accessories. In the box of options that opens, select System Tools. When the System Tools option box opens, click on Backup.
As the Wizard progresses, you'll get the chance to choose what to backup and if you want to stick to backing up your "My Documents" folder or your entire computer. It is a good idea to select the few most important files rather than all of them. You will have to choose a destination for your backed up files, and a partition on your current hard drive or an external hard drive might be your best options.
If you have Windows Vista, you can go to Control Panel > Backup and Restore Center. In this interface, you can choose Automatic Backup or Complete PC Backup, if that is on your version of Vista.
Backing Up A Computer Using MAC OS X
Backing up your computer using the current Mac operating system can be done through the use of some simple additional programs and hardware, such as Mac's own Time Machine. Time Machine lets you plug an external drive into your computer and use it as a backup that runs constantly. If you ever need to retrieve a lost file, you can open Time Machine, which creates the visual effect that you're traveling in space to get the file you need. Another effective back up software program is SuperDuper, which you can test as a free trial.
Backup Before It's Too Late
If your computer holds any important files or programs, it is important to know how to back it up. You also need to do it often, and many backup programs give you the ability to schedule backups in their Settings options. Backing up your computer is not difficult, and it can save tremendous grief and heartache should a disaster arise.