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Monday, June 9, 2008

What To Back Up And What Not To?

By Alan Mod

If you've lost all-important files in your laptop or PC as a result of hard disks crash, sudden power blackouts, virus attacks or accidental deleting of files then do not blame all that have occurred to your PC. It is your fault if you still do not know how to back up or recover your files.

Nowadays backing up has become an imperative task for every PC users in order to avoid any data loss. So everyone who cannot imagine his daily life without computer should learn how to back up files when needed. This is the best insurance against any possible data loss. And you needn't to be a specialist in order to back up your files yourself. You need just to know the way how to do it.

There are various ways to save your essential information; for this purpose some use CDs and DVDs, some use external hard drives and so on.

First let me explain what you really need to back up and what you needn't.

You needn't to back up all what you have on your PC. There is more simple and practical method for backing up. This involves only those files that are irreplaceable that is your critical data and personal documents. But there is no necessity to back up all the rest things from Operating System to various standard programs that can be restored by a clean install. Which are these main replaceable files?

  • Operating System - in case if your hard drive crashes, you can buy a new unit and install it again from scratch. The only moment you should mention is that to install operating system you also need CD-ROM, and Product Key.

  • Program Software Office, etc - You can also reinstall them if whenever needed. Downloadable software (Skype, msn messenger, firefox, etc) - They can be downloaded from the product site as you did it before.

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