Back Up Your Computer Backing up your computer is an important way to protect your programs, apps, and data from loss. The frequency at which people back up their computers can vary. For instance, if you create and modify a lot of files on your computer, you may choose to back up your computer frequently. If you rarely use your computer or primarily use your computer for answering email messages and browsing the web, you might not back up your computer as often. The following steps guide you through the process of backing up a computer.
a. Decide which backup program you wish to use. Some operating systems have built-in tools you can use to back up a computer, or you can install a third-party program.
b. Run the program you will use to back up the computer.
c. If necessary, connect the storage device, such as an external hard drive, you will use to store the backup. If you plan to store the backup on an optical disc or another hard drive that already is installed, you will not need to connect an additional storage device.
d. Make sure the storage medium has enough available space for the backed up files. If you are storing the backup on optical discs, make sure you have enough optical discs for the backup.
e. Select the type of backup (full, incremental, differential, or selective) you wish to perform.
f. If you are performing a selective backup, choose the files, programs, and apps you wish to include in the backup.
g. Run the backup. The backup process may take up to several hours, depending on the number of files you are including in the backup.
h. If you are storing the backup on optical discs, the backup program may prompt you to insert new, blank optical discs throughout the backup process.
i. When the backup is complete, store the backup in a safe location. In the event you lose data or information on the computer, you will need to retrieve the backup
1. How often do you feel you should back up your computer? Justify your answer.
2. Which storage medium do you feel is most appropriate for your backup? Justify your answer.
3. Research at least three programs that you can use to back up your computer. Which programs did you research? Which program or app do you feel is the best? Why?