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How to Backup Your Computer: The Complete Guide from Devin Smith's blog

Backup makes your system’s data secure and removes various bugs and malware. It helps you to keep your data on another location for copying, editing, and other tasks without losing your primary or original data. To prevent losing your data, you need to create a backup first. You can do so by thoroughly following the blog.

Backing Up Personal Data

Whenever your data or system files or drives are corrupted, then it is recommended to take a backup prior to any mishap. Updating and backing up all the programs and files saves you valuable time as you become eligible to restore your back up files.

Here is how to back up your files and data by some simple and easy steps:

1. Using External Data Storage Drive 

In case you have an external “USB” drive, then you can take a copy of your data as a backup for further use. It can be done through built-in functions. The functions may vary as per the Windows.

  • In case you are using Windows 8 and 10, then you should use the “File History” option.
  • If you have Windows 7, then you have to use “Windows Backup” tool, and,
  • If you are using Mac, then it is recommended to use “Time Machine” to backup all your data and file.

To do this follow these steps:

  1. First of all, you have to connect your drive to the system.
  2. Then, you have to run the “backup” tool there.

Note: Lave your external drive to plug into your system while backing your data or files. It’s very easy and provides you a quick back up process.

2. Backing Up on Internet Connection

Backing up the data on the internet makes provides you a safe and easy way to save your important files. There are various backup services like “Carbonite,” “Backblaze,” and much more. These services need a subscription and runs in your system’s background.

Note: It may take some time to process, depends on the files and data that you have on your system to backup.

3. Backing Up by Using Cloud Data Storage Service

Cloud Storage enables you to back up your files and data along with storing your important files and folders on its various associated services like MS OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, or various linked services of Cloud.

The prominent features of Cloud Service are:

  • It will prevent your data from data loss, thefts, and other issues as it works online and allows you to access your data over various systems whenever you open your Cloud Storage features.
  • It will automatically sync your data online.
  • Usually, it stores your data on the system’s hard drive, but it can also be accessed on other systems through an internet connection.
  • In case your hard drive gets corrupts, then you can access all your Cloud data on various systems by logging into your Cloud account.

Note: In case you are using such online services like Carbonite and Backblaze, you should have very careful if you wish to remove your files. These files or data may soon be lost after thirty days from online backups. After its deletion from online, you can’t recover your data anymore.

So, it is recommended not to delete your data from online backup programs.

4. Using Onsite and Offsite Backups

A. Onsite backups:

Onsite backups are those backups that enable you to store your data as the same location from which it has taken for backup. For example, taking backup through an external storage drive.

The prominent specifications of this type of backups are mentioned below:

  • It works quickly and easy to use.
  • It used to save your data from data loss as you have taken the backup over external drive.
  • You can easily restore your files and other data.

B. Offsite backups:

It allows you to store your data on different locations. There are various reasons people use to perform “Offsite” backups. The salient features of these services are:

  • Sometimes, these services don’t need any subscription charges.
  • Through the offsite backup services, you can take a backup of your data on your “Hard Drive,” and then you can restore it on another system.

5. Automate Backup Feature

  • If you wish to keep your data safe, then you have to turn on the “Automate” feature on various services like “Dropbox,” ” MS OneDrive,” “Google Drive,” and much more. 
  • These services will keep an online copy of your documents. It provides various syncing services for providing automatic backups.
  • However, online services like “Backblaze” etc. will perform automatic backup on the internet.

Note: Automatic backup your data will keep your backup process up to date.

Devin Smith is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cyber security. He writes about the latest updates regarding norton.com/setup and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites. 

Source:-https://livenorton.com/how-to-backup-your-computer-the-complete-guide/


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