Back Up Your Computer
Back up your files
Avoid losing photos, files, data
Schedule backups – store backups away from home
in case of fire, flood, tornado, etc
Use CDs, DVDs, external hard drives, and other
reliable sources of media
What to backup
Purchased software and music downloaded from the
Bank records, tax information, financial information
Email address book
Internet Bookmarks (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc)
What media should I use
to backup my files?
There are several options you can use to backup files.
• External drives, such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive
• Online backup utilities and storage
Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages
Find out more at this link:
Deciding on a method
Once you have chosen a media on which to backup
your data, you will need to decide how to back it up.
If you’re using CDs/DVDs, you can
ZIP (compress) the files before copying them.
How often will you need to back up?
You can copy files to an external hard drive or flash
Where will you store the backed-up media?
Will you use backup software, such as Norton Ghost
or Windows Backup Utility?
Just because you backup your files once does not mean that you
Write on your calendar or put a reminder on your computer to
backup your files routinely. Once per month is a good
frequency to backup your files.
Store your backup media in a secure location. If you have
backed up bank records and tax information, it’s best to put
this media (CD, DVD, flash drive) in your safe or lockbox.
“Shelf life” for different forms of media vary.
Know how long your storage media will last,
and check to make sure it contains the
data you backed up.
The following web addresses provide very helpful
information in addition to this presentation.
Protecting your Backup:
Using the Windows XP Backup Utility
What Media to Select (as linked earlier)