Backup sounds like a big decision, this feeling can paralyzing you from acting now. I know that because it happened to me. So I want to help you to be able to decide the best decision for your protection. I intend to help you save time and money by giving you the tips and guides you need.
What you need to backup? The answer is very simple, the best thing is to backup everything.
What is everything?
- Emails - if you use an Email client on your own PC you should backup all your contacts, your emails, your settings and if you use Microsoft Outlook you should backup your entire PST file. If you use Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo Mail, you don't need to backup your settings because it is already not on your local computer.
- Pictures - Digital camera, most cellular phones, PC webcam, scanned pictures and additional pictures and photos you have, you should backup all, best thing is to keep all these in one folder (and sub folders) - mostly it will be “My Pictures" and you should backup this folder.
- Finance records (Quicken, MS Money) - Many people manage their finance by these types of software, you might do the same or just do it using Excel or similar, in any case you should keep all your “Money" files in a specific folder (preferably inside “My Documents") you can call it “My Money" and you should backup this folder.
- Office documents - Any Word, Excel, PowerPoint and equivalent, from school, work, or anything else, be sure to backup these files.
- MP3 music files - Your music collection should be backed up.
- Password files (RoboForm or any other password manager) - This is very important, many people forget this issue, if you use such a software know where this file or files located and be sure to back it up.
- And more.
But, where are all these files? How can you know where you find these files?
There are two main things where most of your data located on your computer by default (Windows XP):
- "C:Documents and SettingsPROFILE NAME" - Replace “Profile NAME" with your windows profile name
- "My Documents" (by default it is inside section 1, but many change this to a different location).
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