System folders, multimedia files do you have to back up all your files? With the increase of the capacity of the hard disks, our answer is yes, it is necessary to save everything:
- Your system files, because they guarantee you the possibility of finding a healthy and functional PC in case of glitch,
- Your personal documents (.DOC, .JPG, etc.) because they are valuable and probably scattered to different places on your hard drive.
To avoid disappointment, the full backup of the contents of your hard drive is strongly recommended. If the system backup is automatic via a dedicated utility, it is recommended to sort your personal files before any backup to facilitate this operation, easily find your documents and avoid duplicates.
Choosing the right storage medium
It’s decided; you’ll take the bull by the horns and protect your files. Several solutions are available: the practical external hard drive and mobile to network hard drives remotely accessible via the DVD backup solution, you’re spoiled for choice.
Synchronize, the choice of tranquility
Is saving files a long and tedious operation? No, not if you set up a synchronization system. This type of backup automatically detects new files created or modified. If the very first copy of your data may take several hours, the next backup will only take a few seconds or minutes! This automatic procedure is done in the background, so you can continue to use your computer without slowing down.Understanding the best options for the best in cloud solutions is important here.
To know: if you use Windows, we advise you to set up an automatic backup by synchronization (Backup and Restore Center for Windows 7 and File History for Windows 8). If you have a Mac, you can set up Time Machine, a tool that works on the same principle. On Mac only, you can give this task to Time Capsule, which offers other useful features (printer sharing, Wi-Fi router, etc.).
In case of problems: how to restore your data?
You have scheduled a full automatic backup of your computer. What happens the day your PC goes down? You can simply restore all of your files from your last backup. You will find your settings (wallpaper, shortcuts) and your documents. If you only want to recover some files (for example, accidentally deleted photos), you can copy and paste the files to restore. That day, do not forget to thank your external hard drive!
If you have a computer, install the iTunes software (available for PC or Mac, free), and then connect your device (iPhone or iPod). When it appears in the menus, choose “Summary” and then, in the window on the right, “Automatically save” on the computer. This operation stores a file that contains all your data, and that you will only need to reinstall if you change your device.