No one should ever lose a document or file regardless of how important it may or may not be. There are several reasons for loss of file and data and this could be as a result of a crashed hard drive or virus/spyware corrupting the file. It is therefore imperative to ensure your files are backed up regularly. In fact, back up should be done immediately it crosses your mind.
The following steps would illustrate how one can back up a computer and ensure no important file is ever lost.
The first step in backing up your computer is identifying where your important files are located. More often than not, these files are either found in the Documents folder or on the Desktop. In some cases, the search might need to be intensified especially when you have your files in other locations besides the mentioned ones.
It is important you close all programs you have running on the computer before the backup is started.
For computers with the Windows 7 operating system, below are the procedures for backing up your computer with the in-built backup utility.
You click the Start button after which Control Panel is selected. You then select Back up your Computer under the System and Security tab.
Back up your computer
This is the first step in backing up your computer and if it is the first time of backing up the computer, you need to click the “set up backup” and follow the instructions of the wizard guide. This sometimes require you get the permission of the administrator and when you do not have one, it is advised you seek the help of your administrator to do the backup.
It is best you get either a USB flash or an external hard drive with enough space to contain all your important files. Remember it is a backup tool meaning it should be kept in a safe and secure location.
Selection of Files and Folders
Some systems would help you in selecting the files they perceive to be important but you have the option of selecting additional files to back up. It is advised you do a regular back up of your computer and this can be scheduled weekly, monthly, or even daily and it is best you do a daily back up if you have the time.
Once the backup is configured by Windows, the backup is started. It usually takes a bit more time for the first backup to be completed for obvious reasons.
Backup in Progress
The screen would normally show backup in progress and you can know when the process is completed.
Backing up your computer is pretty simple and easy, so there is no reason for you to lose an important data.…