You can never be too careful when it comes to backing up important files on your computer.
There are many things essential to become familiarized with it comes to Disaster Recovery.
When it comes down it, be over-prepared, with multiple backup plans, should one safeguard fail, just so you never come out the loser.
Fortunately, many current Windows operating systems come equipped with built-in applications for just such occasions. However, while these are near impeccable solutions, they cannot be your lone guard.
Firstly, what are common issues that could happen to a PC? Malicious files that either spy on your privacy or improper meddling to system files, to merely inadequate care.
Any of these can cause instability, leading to the death of your system.
A virus or any such malicious program is the most common case, and fortunately, there are many more options in dealing with them you may not have been aware of.
Aside from always having regular virus eradication software, there is a feature built into all Windows systems as far back as XP, called a System Restore.
This essentially creates a checkpoint for your PC, which you can revert to at any moment. The main innovation here is that a revert does not cause one to lose any current work, such as save files or anything most people would commonly use; only system files.
This is your lifeline to reverting a system before something went wrong, without losing anything current, like your common files. If a current virus were not included in the past checkpoint, it too is removed. This has worked in many cases.
Your system makes back up points infrequently automatically, so it is wise to create one yourself on, at least, a weekly basis, to ensure a fresh, working restore point is always available. It is easily created from the System Restore window at any time.
Newer Windows operating systems features have a restore feature on individual programs that could work better after narrowing down a specific issue. However, the regular System Restore is still present as well.
This guards against most, but what if your PC should just up and die, with all of its functions out of commission?
With simple purchases of additional, low-end priced external drives, be it portable USB flash drives or even larger external hard drives, always make a habit of backing up important files or programs there as well.
These are separate drives, wholly independent of your system and will stay intact even when unplugged for as long as you need.
With these tactics, you will find yourself protected from the worst case scenarios, all with just a bit basic foresight and additional gadgets. Each of your files are still well within your reach, easily accessed from any new computer you plug them into.
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