Computers have always had many parts since the start, some more important than others. Throughout the evolution of computers these parts have changed and been upgraded or discarded.
There were the vacuum tubes that gave way to the transistors and those in turn gave way to microchips. Display technology also evolved from simple print outs to monitors. Input evolved from punch cards and similar primitive methods to modern keyboards and touch interfaces. And through all this, one of the most important parts of a computer has always been storage.
At first, computers had only a set number of programs “stored” in them, which they performed exclusively. As the years went by, the concept of software was developed, and this required PCs to have some sort of way to store a program until it was needed and thus the first storage devices were developed.
Hard drives have thankfully transformed over the years into faster, more compact, more efficient, and cheaper models. With these changes the data that is stored in the drives has become more secure (or perhaps the best term would be “more stable”), because the drives don’t fail as often and don’t suffer from problems that were common years ago, such as fragmentation, degradation or corruption.
Having said this, any machine is prone to failing. Be it because of
- Mechanical reasons
- Accidental reasons
- Premeditated attacks
your data is always at risk of being lost.
Now, don’t get alarmed or bent out of shape, because this does not mean that all of your precious data is on the brink of extinction all the time, just that there is a possibility of this happening, however small.
And, as they say, it is best to be prepared for any eventuality, so it is in your best interests to always keep backups of everything you consider important.
As the name implies, backups are simply copies you make of certain files which are considered to be important. You back up your prized data in case the worst should happen.
As you can probably imagine, this process can be very time consuming and tedious if you don’t know how to proceed, but there are a lot of tools that can help you out when it comes to keeping your data safe.
- Also, keep in mind that any kind of information can be backed up, we’re not just talking spreadsheets, photos and documents. If you are a web designer, back up your pages. If you are a video editor, back up your projects and any footage you may be using. Back up your code. Back up your timetables, meeting schedules, reports, anything.
Don’t wait to be one of those people that say “yeah, I back up all my files since the last time I lost a month’s worth of work when my hard drive suddenly died on me”.
So, what do you need to back up your files? Not much, really:
- A separate, safe storage medium (either a cloud storage solution or an external hard drive, for example).
- Time and identification of what you want backed up.
- Optional, but highly recommended: some sort of application that automates this procedure.
And that’s it, really. The steps to back up your files are even simpler:
- Identify which files you want to save.
- Copy said files
- Paste these files on your alternate storage device.
And you are done.
The simplicity of the process betrays its repetitive nature. Say for example that you back up a file on Monday and later in the day you work on said file. This means that you have to either re-copy the file or wait until next Monday in order to copy this, and any other, file that you might have modified.
Doing this little song and dance week in and week out, while not much of a problem for some, is somewhere between annoying and skin-peelingly tedious for most people.
For those of us that find it disagreeable, there are fortunately many, many applications that are willing to take the reins of these backup sessions for us. In fact, this is such a needed service that Windows 10 comes with 2 programs designed to be easy to use and very powerful:
- File History, which makes multiple backups of different versions of any file, allowing the user to access these versions before changes were made or corruption of the file happened.
- Windows Backup and Restore, which can back up everything from directories you set yourself to a full system snapshot meant to allow you to restore Windows to its previous state if there’s a catastrophic crash.
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